Keyword: peak oil

    Dark Age America

    Dark Age America

    Climate Change, Cultural Collapse, and the Hard Future Ahead

    After decades of missed opportunities, the door to a sustainable future has closed, and the future we face now is one in which today's industrial civilization unravels in the face of uncontrolled climate change and resource depletion.

    What is the …

    related subjects: Resilience
    Afterburn (PDF)

    Afterburn (PDF)

    Society Beyond Fossil Fuels

    Climate change, along with the depletion of oil, coal, and gas dictate that we will inevitably move away from our profound societal reliance on fossil fuels; but just how big a transformation will this be? While many policy-makers assume that …

    Afterburn (EPUB)

    Afterburn (EPUB)

    Society Beyond Fossil Fuels

    Climate change, along with the depletion of oil, coal, and gas dictate that we will inevitably move away from our profound societal reliance on fossil fuels; but just how big a transformation will this be? While many policy-makers assume that …

    Decline and Fall

    Decline and Fall

    The End of Empire and the Future of Democracy in 21st Century America

    "Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world."

     

    Although he was writing nearly a century ago, Yeats could just as easily be describing the United States today. The decline and fall of America's global empire is …

    related subjects: Cultural Critique
    Reinventing Collapse

    Reinventing Collapse

    The Soviet Experience and American Prospects – Revised & Updated

    The United States is in steep decline. Plagued by runaway debt, a shrinking economy and environmental catastrophes to rival Chernobyl, the US has been retracing the trajectory of the Soviet Union in the early 1980's toward national bankruptcy and …

    related subjects: Cultural Critique
    Peak Everything

    Peak Everything

    Waking Up to the Century of Declines

    by Richard Heinberg
    foreword by James Howard Kunstler

    The 20th century saw unprecedented growth in population, energy consumption and food production. As the population shifted from rural to urban, human impacts on the environment increased dramatically.

    The 21st century ushered in an era of declines, …

    related subjects: Cultural Critique
    The Power of Community

    The Power of Community

    How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

    When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, Cuba's economy went into a tailspin. With imports of oil cut by more than half and food imports cut by 80 percent, people were desperate. This fascinating and empowering film shows how communities pulled …

    related subjects: Resilience
    Eating Fossil Fuels

    Eating Fossil Fuels

    Oil, Food, and the Coming Crisis in Agriculture

    The miracle of the Green Revolution was made possible by cheap fossil fuels to supply crops with artificial fertilizer, pesticides, and irrigation. Estimates of the net energy balance of agriculture in the US show that ten calories of hydrocarbon …

    related subjects: Cultural Critique