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Plan C: Community Survival Strategies for Peak Oil and Climate Change Paperback – June 1, 2008
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Concerns over climate change and energy depletion are increasing exponentially.
Mainstream solutions still assume a panacea that will cure our climate ills without requiring any serious modification to our way of life.
Plan C explores the risks inherent in trying to continue our energy-intensive lifestyle. Using dirtier fossil fuels (Plan A) or switching to renewable energy sources (Plan B) allows people to remain complacent in the face of potential global catastrophe. Dramatic lifestyle change is the only way to begin to create a sustainable, equitable world. The converging crises of Peak Oil, Climate Change and increasing inequity are presented in a clear, concise manner, as are the twin solutions of community (where cooperation replaces competition) and curtailment (deliberately reducing consumption of consumer goods). Plan C shows how each person's individual choices can dramatically reduce CO2 emissions. It offers specific strategies in the areas of food, transportation and housing. One chapter analyzes the decimation of the Cuban economy when the USSR stopped oil exports in 1990 and provides an inspiring vision for a low energy way of living.
Plan C is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in living a lower-energy, saner, and sustainable lifestyle.(2007-11-27)
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the best book of the last century on this subject was, hands down, william r. catton's 1982 masterpiece, "overshoot: the ecological basis of revolutionary change" which, with joseph tainter's 1990 "the collapse of complex societies", gave the reader a taste of where the united states is heading. fossil fuels allowed the world's population to surpass one billion and now that we have used up one half of the world's supply of oil (around 2005) the rest will be harder and more expensive to get -so either everyone starts having one child families or nature will force a die-off this century (as the rest of us compete or cooperate for the remaining fossil fuels).
plan c is about cooperating instead of competing for the remaining supply of fossil fuels and each of us curtailing our energy usage (he shows you why a whopping 90% reduction is needed) on behalf of our children and future grandchildren. in 20 years, most of implied threat of peak oil will be obvious to the average american citizen because our leaders cannot keep it a secret for much longer, present high gas prices are just the tip of the iceberg; it's the end of our "non-negotiable way of life", the end of the growth economy, and the return of the community and localization (supporting the local economy, staying near home, work and our food source).Read more ›
The other aspect of the book is a critique of our current consumption oriented society. I should say that emotionally I am totally in agreement with what the authors say, but some may feel otherwise. The book says that there is something wrong with a stressful competitive society where people do not know their neighbors and spend inordinate amounts of time fiddling with electronic devices of one sort or another. Although the book stops short of explicitly saying it, one gets the feeling that to the authors the coming economic crunch is something of a blessing in disguise, returning us to communal living where people spend time with and look out for the interests of their neighbors.
In the final chapter, the authors contrast current society to the communally centered societies of the past. This strikes a responsive chord in me, but I am concerned that there may be a bit of fantasizing going on. There was and still is a tendency for small communities to distrust outsiders and people who do not conform to narrow community standards. There tends to be a loss of privacy, with everyone into the business of everyone else. Before the Industrial Revolution, wealth was based on land and in much of the world there was a sharp division between wealthy landlords and impoverished peasants.Read more ›
In addition, it is clear that current efforts to "green" our economy won't make much of a difference, although they may make us feel better in the mean time. Green comsumption is only incrementally better than traditional consumption, and what we need is FAR LESS consumption. Of course, this doesn't fit into our generally accepted thinking of "growth is good" and anything else is socialism or worse. The neo-liberal economic model is at the heart of our problem, and painting the toenails of the beast and changing it's tee shirt won't make much of a difference in the end.
Our problem is much like that of the alcoholic - total denial that anything's wrong. Change happens one of two ways by either intervention or hitting rock bottom. We may cause irreparable harm if we pull the rip cord 10 feet before hitting ground but we may still have time but we're approaching ground quickly!
Nothing short of a complete transformation of our economic system, our mindset, our consumption patterns and overall population will make a significant impact. It's a pretty simple formula...Read more ›
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Just reading in 'Plan C' some opinions stated as facts implying the US is responsible for as many as 2 million deaths in Iraq. Read morePublished on January 4, 2011 by Anonymous
I have to disagree strongly on "Plan C". Of all the books on the subject of Peak Oil, I found it preachy, dull, repetitious, and lacking new information. Read morePublished on April 11, 2010 by B. Discoe
I generally only review diet and health-related books because that's what I'm focused on in my writings. Read morePublished on September 23, 2009 by Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Man
This is the book that changed the course of my quest for knowledge about post-industrial civilization and peak oil. Read morePublished on April 26, 2009 by John Locke
Although some statistical errors Pat Murphy has put together a must read for anyone who is willing to be part of the solution and not the problemPublished on February 8, 2009 by mainergal
Plan C gives a good overview of the problems that communities could potentially face in the near future. Read morePublished on February 6, 2009 by Jackalope
I ordered this book as a 'supplement' for my son who is a college student and needed it for his Sociology course; you're prices were actually cheaper than the college bookstore &... Read morePublished on October 3, 2008 by Amazon Customer