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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 2 June 2005
The main problem with this sort of book is that you won't buy it unless you're already concerned (and presumably at least somewhat familiar) with the issues. Having spent quite a bit of time on the various "peak oil" websites, I found my view confirmed rather than challenged. There's lots of interesting ideas and informative stuff here (I loved the little story about the disintegrating raft!) but the people who need to read it probably aren't going to. Maybe the best approach is to buy it, read it, and then pass it on.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 17 May 2006
Richard Heinberg's perspective, that all living organisms including humans are simply "energy processing systems" is compelling. For most of our existance, we humans have been living on the incidental energy of the sun, received on an annual basis: animal and human muscle power derived from vegetation; heat from wood; wind for windmills and sailing boats. The 200 year fossil fuel age has been a very unusual interlude when we have had available to us the stored energy from ancient sunlight collected over millions of years, which is what fossil fuels are.

His book examines the consequences of us reaching the high-water mark in the fossil-fuel age and our choices for the future. Do we intelligently manage energy descent or fight a hopeless fight to maintain the status quo. The latter choice means we will still descend in energy terms but it will be truly terrible for all of us.

We have a choice to thrive non-materially whilst living more simply, with a significantly reduced human population, travelling and trading less. Or we destroy so much of what we have achieved and risk losing everything, like the Easter Islanders and the Greenland Norse.
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on 12 May 2014
Peak oil, the slow protracted decline of humanity, resource wars and population collapse do not make good bed time reading. The book is however extremely interesting and does make some valid points about our unsustainable behaviour. Even though it was written around 2003 and is a bit dated in places the authors 'predictions' about the future are not far off. The question is, what group of people do you fit into?
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on 28 October 2009
Well, all books contain a bit of padding and this one does.

Worth a read to stimulate the imagination.
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