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The Crash Course: The Unsustainable Future Of Our Economy, Energy, And Environment Hardcover – March 29, 2011
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The next twenty years will be completely unlike the last twenty years. The decisions you make today are critical. The world is in economic crisis, and there are no easy fixes to our predicament. Unsustainable trends in the economy, energy, and the environment have finally caught up with us and are converging on a very narrow window of timethe "Twenty-Teens." With solid facts and grounded reasoning presented in a calm, nonpartisan manner, The Crash Course explains our predicament and illuminates the path ahead so you can face the coming disruptions without fearing the future or retreating into denial.
Our money system places impossible demands upon a finite world. Exponentially rising levels of debt, based on assumptions of future economic growth to fund repayment, have shuddered to a halt and are reversing, with severe and lasting consequences.
Oil is essential for economic growth. The reality of dwindling oil supplies is now internationally recognized, yet virtually no developed nations have a Plan B. The economic risks to individuals, companies, and countries are varied and enormous. Best case: living standards will drop steadily worldwide. Worst case: systemic financial crises will toss the world into jarring chaos.
This book is written for those who are motivated to learn about the root causes of our predicaments in order to protect themselves and their families, mitigate risks as much as possible, and control what effects they can. With challenge comes opportunity. The Crash Course offers a positive vision for how our lives can become more balanced, resilient, and sustainable.
The world is changing. It's time to get busy. The Crash Course will show you how.
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"Chris Martenson gave up a successful and conventional career to study the two great problems that we face: running out of critical resourcesespecially carbon-based energyand a congenital failure to process unpleasant facts. Reading The Crash Course will help you recognize how dangerous our future is likely to be and will help you prepare for it. It is a job well done." Jeremy Grantham, cofounder and Chief Investment Strategist, Grantham Mayo Van Otterloo
"Among the handful of observers making sense of the economic scene, Chris Martenson is the most astute, coherent, and comprehensive. Reading Chris is like stepping out of a room full of smoke and mirrors into daylight." James Howard Kunstler, author of The Long Emergency
"Economists did not predict the Great Recession of 2008; Chris did. He looks deeper into the numbers than most and has found a painful future if we do not make a major turn. I deeply appreciate him for doing this work. He uses hard data to back up the self-evident common sense that if we do not consciously manage our natural resources and business relationships to give priority to the common good, we will face dire consequences. This is serious. Read this book." Terry Mollner, Board Member, Ben & Jerry's
"Chris addresses fundamental economic and energy issues in understandable terms and provides engaging perspectives. Readers will learn a great deal from his work." Dr. Robert L. Hirsch, lead author of The Impending World Energy Mess
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For published research to be considered valid, other researchers must be able to duplicate the findings.
The author of this book writes like a doctor who is explaining to a patient what the latest research shows with regard to her condition.
That is to say, each and every paragraphs and sentence that he writes is based on research data. Here, he is saying, is what the research shows: Earth, the mother of all the known living matter in the universe, is being wounded. Wounded by whom?
Wounded by humans, allegedly the most intelligent of all of Earth's species of living matter.
What must we humans do to prevent the demise of the only known location of all the living matter in the universe?
Read this book to know the answers.
In mid 2008 I found Chris Martenson's online presentation called 'The Crash Course'. He hadn't yet completed the entire work and so I waited anxiously as each subsequent chapter/unit of the presentation was published online. The entire presentation was like a breath of fresh air. He did not try to overwhelm his audience with his grasp of the subject matter by using a plethora of 'million dollar words'. He clearly stated how 'The 3 E's' (Energy, Economy and Environment) were intricately related and how they could not be compartmentalized.
The 'Crash Course' book picks up where the presentation ends. This is not a 'doomer' book but instead is positive. It apolitically sets out in a concise manner why we are where we are today. It is clear and easy to understand. It is a must read for those that want to know how and why energy, the economy and the environment converge to bring us to our current state. Even more, the book includes an entire section called 'What Should I Do?' which addresses what we can do to become more resilient and how this can be a very positive step. An outstanding book which I highly recommend.
First Chris Martenson explains the fundamental laws that govern banking, finance and debt and what the broader implications on the entire economy are. He then moves on to discuss the current Energy predicament, heavily focusing on oil (understandably, as oil is the main source of Energy world-wide), but also discussing alternatives. He addresses other resources, natural resources, water etc. The book closes on the "next steps" or the things we should start making part of our life in order to prepare for a Change.