The world is about to run out of cheap oil and change dramatically. Within the next few years, global production will peak. Thereafter, even if industrial societies begin to switch to alternative energy sources, they will have less net energy each year to do all the work essential to the survival of complex societies. We are entering a new era, as different from the industrial era as the latter was from medieval times.
In The Party's Over, Richard Heinberg places this momentous transition in historical context, showing how industrialism arose from the harnessing of fossil fuels, how competition to control access to oil shaped the geopolitics of the 20th century, and how contention for dwindling energy resources in the 21st century will lead to resource wars in the Middle East, Central Asia, and South America. He describes the likely impacts of oil depletion, and all of the energy alternatives. Predicting chaos unless the U.S.-the world's foremost oil consumer-is willing to join with other countries to implement a global program of resource conservation and sharing, he also recommends a "managed collapse" that might make way for a slower-paced, low-energy, sustainable society in the future.
More readable than other accounts of this issue, with fuller discussion of the context, social implications, and recommendations for personal, community, national, and global action, Heinberg's updated book is a riveting wake-up call for humankind as the oil era winds down, and a critical tool for understanding and influencing current U.S. foreign policy.
Listen to an interview with Richard Heinberg from WRPI.(2004-11-30)
Richard Heinberg is widely acknowledged as one of the world's foremost Peak Oil educators. A journalist, educator, editor, lecturer, and a Core Faculty member of New College of California where he teaches a program on "Culture, Ecology and Sustainable Community, he is the author of six previous books including The Party's Over and Powerdown.
I have now read this book several times and have enjoyed it every time, though the information in it is now becoming somewhat dated -- especially with the advent of the Canadian... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Matthew McCleary
Very solid grounding in the issues facing modern western civilisation and its dependence on cheap oil. Read morePublished 8 months ago by David Branson
Heinberg in this early book discussed the predicament that industrial societies would have to face as the supply of oil declined.He presented sound prescience of this issue. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Denis Frith
In addition to climate change, loss of biodiversity, pollution, population increase & consumption, loss of community, debt crises, decline in education - peak oil should be a major... Read morePublished 17 months ago by James R Newlin
It totally reinforced my view that the mathematics, and the laws of physics, do not suggest a happy ending for our society which has become hopelessly dysfunctional on a diet of... Read morePublished 17 months ago by G ORCHARD
Great Book, a refreshing aproach to geopolotics, commodity economics and hidden causes for war monggering countrys. revised edition reffers to oil data.Published on April 22, 2013 by Bernardo Gomez
Well, how to describe something that is so drastic in predictions as to make one quiver? Heinberg spells out a future for humans that is not very optimistic but sadly, is more... Read morePublished on April 20, 2013 by Laura Lea Evans
This book is simply revolutionary. Great insight into the problems we face with energy in our society. Read morePublished on February 20, 2013 by Robert Webster
If anything can get us out of the delusional straitjacket that is conventional political 'thinking', this book will do it. Read morePublished on January 30, 2013 by Martin Hanson