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The End of Fossil Energy: And a Plan for Sustainability Paperback – September 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 115 pages
  • Publisher: McIntire Publishing (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974340405
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974340401
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,711,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Your splendid new book ... hits the nail on the head, and it is very clearly written. --Colin Campbell, founder of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas (www.peakoil.ie) and author of "The Essence of Oil and Gas Depletion."

Thanks for your excellent book ... I devoured it immediately and agree with all you wrote. --Richard Heinberg, renown lecturer and author of "The Party's Over" and "Powerdown."

About the Author

John G. Howe is a retired engineer/farmer. He has been a long-time student of energy problems and is presently lecturing on this subject. Having become so concerned about the world's looming energy crisis, Howe felt compelled to summarize this complex subject into a book in order to reach a broader world audience. His New England Yankee-farmer background combined with his engineering education gives honest appraisals and solutions for a sustainable future.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By E. Holmes on August 24, 2005
This is the first book I've read about the limited supply of fossil energy, and I believe I came away with a clear picture of the situation: we need to develop and build alternatives WELL before we run out of the oil needed to melt the metal to manufacture solar panels and wind generator blades (for example). Completely understandable, with numerous references, this is also the *best* book I've read. I have followed up with a few more, and intend to keep reading. I hope to do more than read soon; the book really calls for action.

It should be noted that there is now a second printing of this book with a slightly different title (... A LAST CHANCE for sustainability), and an excellent chapter listing how far *before* or *after* peak production each country is. Not surprisingly, Iraq is the only country I noticed listed as "way before peak"!
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The point at which our global annual production of oil reaches the highest level it will ever reach may have already passed and will be followed by an inexorable decline. That point is called "peak oil". If you think about how much of our current civilization's function depends on a regular supply of inexpensive, concentrated energy you can imagine the disruptive effect of even a reduction in the rate of growth of our oil supply - never mind a plateau or an absolute decline in the daily production. Increasing demand for a stable or declining supply means unending price increases and shortages. How should we approach a problem of this magnitude? Mr. Howe has done a very impressive job of compiling all of the important elements of the Peak Oil phenomenon and gets to the point quickly of proposing practical measures to ease our transition to the "post fossil fuel world". This is the book to start with in your education on this topic.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By keith renick on July 2, 2008
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I can't say enough good things about this fun and well written little book! It's interesting to read and it's maybe one of the best jumping off points about "peal oil" because it gives the reader so much information writtern for the layman. It list all of the other books and the websites to go to. You have to be interested and concerned about energy to read this book. It's one of the greatest starting point. Regards, Keith Renick, Project Materials Specialist, Project Management Team, Riyadh Refinery, Saudi Aramco, Retired
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