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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing (December 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603582649
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603582643
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Mike Ruppert has been at the forefront of speaking and writing about the grim reality that the world's crude oil output is peaking or has already peaked and will soon begin what could be swift declines over the next decade or two. The world needs to pay careful attention to the multiple risks this event will usher in. Thanks to Ruppert's new book, readers around the world will have access to his well written work."--Matthew R. Simmons, Chairman, Simmons & Company

"Ruppert confronts the stark realities of a world of declining oil production, poses vital questions of our complex oil-dependent supply chains and challenges us-people and politician alike-to build a sustainable world with what remains of our resources."--Julian Darley, Author, High Noon for Natural Gas, Founder of Post Carbon Institute

"This book not only explains the essence of the subject but provides a penetrating analysis of the wider political, military, and economic implications. The Second Half of the Oil Age now dawns and will be marked by the decline of oil production and all that depends upon it, including especially transport, trade, and agriculture. The book ends with a list of sensible new policy proposals by which to face this turning point of historic magnitude."--Colin Campbell, PhD, Former Oil Exploration Geologist (Texaco, British Petroleum), Exploration Manager, Total; Former Consultant to Shell, Statoil, Mobil and Amerada; Former Executive V.P. Petrofina; Author, many books and publications on Oil and Gas depletion

"All I can say is, "Yikes!" This is a book everyone should read.  Mike Ruppert is my friend. And, sometimes I remind him, in a way that only a friend can, that my perspective is colored by my own distinct experiences as an informed woman of color in the United States. And frankly, that means that some of what is between these covers makes me cringe; but it is exactly this substance, actively suppressed in proposed national and international gatherings, that we human beings must debate and resolve, or else, we will find Dr. King's admonition, once again, to be true: "We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools." We know Mike Ruppert because he became a whistleblower and told us some inconvenient truths. About crack cocaine, 9/11/01, and now this-how to step back from the brink of human disaster.

It is clear that Mike and I are headed toward the same destination, despite our differences. This book lands Mike exactly where I am-outside of the box of political orthodoxy, but well within the space of policy advocacy that is representative of critical thinking, rational analysis, and authentic leadership. Mike Ruppert dares to go where our elected leaders seem afraid to take us. In the end, however, if we are to salvage our own human dignity, either our "leadership" must catch up with us or we must become and nurture a new generation of leaders."--Cynthia McKinney, 6-term Member, U.S. House of Representatives, Green Party Presidential Candidate, 2008

"Mike Ruppert has an unblemished track record for saying things that are incendiary, outrageous, shocking-and true. Our new president needs desperately to hear the uncomfortable message of this book about energy and the economy, and so do the rest of us."--Richard Heinberg, PhD, author of The Party's Over, Peak Everything, The Oil Depletion Protocol and senior fellow, Post Carbon Institute

"If ever there was a need for a particular book at a particular time, it's this book now."--Jenna Orkin, World Trade Center Environmental Organization

"America's most courageous and fearless investigative reporter exposes the root causes of the financial meltdown. Our new President should read this book for his next intelligence briefing."--Mark Robinowitz, Author, Peak Oil Wars, and Global Permaculture Solutions,,

About the Author

Michael C. Ruppert is a former Los Angeles Police Department narcotics investigator turned investigative journalist. He is the author of Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil, the founder of the online newsletter The Collapse Network ( He currently lives in Los Angeles.

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Customer Reviews

Read this book and then watch the documentary.
Charles Zamilpa
If people don't start conserving and inventing alternatives, one can just imagine how countries will react to protect their self-interests.
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I really enjoyed this book and it is quite eye opening.
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109 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Mr. William J. Kennedy on December 26, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is 'A Presidential Energy Policy' re-released under a new title. In it, Mike Ruppert explains the relationships between energy (especially oil) and finance. The book is written in a clear and straight-forward manner that makes it accessible to everyone. If you would like to understand the relationship between oil and finance, and how the present policy arrangements for these vital components of the system we live within have brought the world to the brink of financial, social and cultural collapse, then read this book.

For years Mike Ruppert has been accurately and relentlessly forecasting that unless we changed our understanding of energy and the way money works, the financial collapse we have now been witnessing would take place. His only objective has been to advise any who would listen about the paradigm shifting changes under way, and therefore how to prepare themselves in order to best survive, and even to prosper during and after the crisis.

With that in mind, in this book he explains the current crisis clearly and succinctly before setting out a policy agenda which offers a path forward - not just for shadowy multi-billionaire and multi-trillionaire bankers and their friends but for all citizens of the United States and in fact of the world. The contents of the book cover oil depletion (peak oil), electricity infrastructure, alternative energies, food, localization, money, foreign policy, and of course a twenty five point plan for addressing the most urgent issues.
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71 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Justin Ritchie on April 5, 2010
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I first learned of Mike Ruppert through a chilling trailer for his then upcoming movie, Collapse. Ruppert has a long history as an investigative journalist that began when he broke away from the mainstream after his excellence in the LA police led him to be actively recruited by the CIA for running cocaine through South-Central LA. Ruppert realized this wasn't the world he'd pledged to serve and tried to break the story only to find that the systems he was working to support were quite different from how we perceive them in the mainstream. I went to the Vancouver International Film Centre with a few friends for a screening of Collapse only to have my tentative notions of civilizational instability confirmed in a tour de force of face melting facts. I quickly got a hold of Ruppert's latest book, A Presidential Energy Policy, which had been re-printed as, Confronting Collapse to draw more attention to the work which had been largely ignored. Explaining bad news is not a route to popular success, as witnessed by the rapid end to careers of any American politician over the last 20 years that tried to curb deficits by cutting spending or raising taxes.

Confronting Collapse is a far better introduction to the topic of Collapse for the lay person than the corresponding movie is. And I say that because it is possibly too easy to write off Ruppert as a crank and a lunatic on-screen when he's talking about governments breaking down and a global population that might face a huge die-off. This is so far outside the mainstream narrative that most people who aren't receptive to it will completely block it out. It is much harder to ignore the case Ruppert makes for industrial civilization's collapse when it is nicely footnoted and indexed.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By J. Niesing on February 12, 2010
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I started out this review with recommending it for politicians. I live in the Netherlands (Europe) and the coming necessary adaptation to something other than oil is just not on the radar of our politicians. Reading this book, the thought creeps up that the politicians here are discussing how to place the tableware on the tables of the Titanic. The ship IS going down, and people are only willing to jump for rescue only when their own feet are about to get wet.
Michael Ruppert has an eloquent way of writing, harsh as the subject may be. He is also very much to the point, so no long and tedious chapters to work through to get to the important stuff. Anybody with any sense is able to grasp this. i first got 'into' Michael Ruppert in a documentary on 9/11, where he turned up in clips of presentations with old fashioned plastic slides. It immediately struck mne that this person was not in it for his own gain, or his own good, probably. But he had his heart in it. That feeling is conveyed all through this book.
So, to end this short review, to get a quick yet pretty thorough overview of the current state of the world, the greatest challenge ahead for mankind, and maybe some hope, because it's never too late for all of us, I highky recommend this book.

For more info (that is, facts) on 9/11, I also recommend his crossing the rubicon, and all the dvd's by this great human being.
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51 of 63 people found the following review helpful By James Ellis on February 11, 2011
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Let me first start off by saying that it's obvious the author meant well. The initial portion of the book dealing with fossil fuels is an important message. While true causality in the form of exponential growth isn't really addressed, it's nice to see basic economics integrated into the discussion of peak fossil fuels.

The writing is decent, it's on the level of newspaper journalism, so there isn't any problem with things being hard to understand. Grammar and spelling is also well done. There are some disjointed areas where the topic suddenly jumps from one paragraph to another, but it doesn't make the book unreadable.

One major complaint that I have with the book, is that while many areas are factual, I've found a large number of inaccuracies when it comes to environmental science, anthropogenic global warming, nuclear science, and the practical differences between storing energy and generating it. There are also a smaller number of errors in basic science areas including physics, and a general misunderstanding of what makes something commercially infeasible.

An example of a blatant error was the statement that we've already reached "peak uranium", which is complete nonsense akin to saying we've reached "peak oxygen". He then ignores nuclear power in his speculation based on that assumption. (If you want to discount a energy source because it's technically finite, you must also discount things like solar and wind, because they too are also technically finite.)

While these errors don't change the importance of the initial message of problems associated with declining fossil fuels, it causes numerous issues with the last half of the book and its conclusions and/or recommendations.
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