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About the Author

Richard Heinberg is widely acknowledged as one of the world's foremost Peak Oil educators. A journalist, editor, lecturer, and Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute, he is the award-winning author of seven previous books including Peak Everything, The Party's Over, and Powerdown. Richard has appeared in many documentaries (including The 11th Hour) and national radio and television programs.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1348 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers (1 July 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0097D7KUE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,402,806 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Richard Heinberg is a world renowned author that teaches in post carbon institute. I can only hope that politicians Leaders and teachers pick up this book. I have developed my understanding of the situation we are facing in the all to soon future. Which as is pointed out in this book, people have a very limited amount of time to act and simply educate themselves regarding the effects that large swathes of coal are no longer there.. Import and export will become more of a limited and troublesome issue without the cheaper oil, it is a forthright and ultimately placed arguement for the change that will come soon not later, living on finite resources england germany for instance were powerhouses of the industrial revoultion were is there coal now ? past peak and declining as poor quality coal not giving the same power as the really good stuff. The ability to get all of the raw materials to all of the people in the same manor as before will not happen.. and as growing energy needs and population cross the less likely it is for us to not get involved in continuing disputes with other nations for cheaper resources.

Hats off to you Richard for your ability to give the full details to what is a blind and dismissive carbon addicted mankind we are today.

The clock is ticking.
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I bought this book hoping to gain a better understanding of coal futures, and a glimpse into the inevitable transition to a 'post-carbon' world. The first expectation was met with brilliance, but the second was given only superficial treatment. If it weren't for the pressing urgency of the coal depletion issue, I'd have rated this with only 3 stars. However, the evidence Heinberg presents makes it clear that people must, if they take the physical basis of industrial civilisation seriously, bravely face up to this frankly scary issue.

The Introduction emphasises the importance of coal for electricity production and hence narrowly defined economic growth. It also describes succinctly the environmental impacts of coal, which include local water and air pollution near mines, the release of contaminants such as mercury, arsenic and sulphur dioxide at the point of combustion and the fact that coal is responsible for 40% of global CO2 emissions despite only providing 25% of global energy consumption.

What is not mentioned in the book, however, is that James Hansen, probably the world's most eminent climate scientist, has called for a global moratorium on the construction of coal fired power plants (...), describing them in uncharacteristically strong language as "death factories". When the environmental impacts in Heinberg's book are considered, this seems like a fair description.

Chapter 1 contains the core of the book's argument and analysis, and convincingly suggests that global coal production is reaching geological limits and will begin to decline within a decade or two.
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