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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Co (8 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603582649
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603582643
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 348,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mike Ruppert has been at the forefront of speaking and writing about the grim reality that the world's crude oil output is peaking or has already peaked and will soon begin what could be swift declines over the next decade or two. The world needs to pay careful attention to the multiple risks this event will usher in. Thanks to Ruppert's new book, readers around the world will have access to his well written work.--Matthew R. Simmons, Chairman, Simmons & Company

Ruppert confronts the stark realities of a world of declining oil production, poses vital questions of our complex oil-dependent supply chains and challenges us-people and politician alike-to build a sustainable world with what remains of our resources.--Julian Darley, Author, "High Noon for Natural Gas", Founder of Post Carbon Institute

If ever there was a need for a particular book at a particular time, it's this book now.--Jenna Orkin, World Trade Center Environmental Organization

All I can say is, "Yikes!" This is a book everyone should read.Mike Ruppert is my friend. And, sometimes I remind him, in a way that only a friend can, that my perspective is colored by my own distinct experiences as an informed woman of color in the United States. And frankly, that means that some of what is between these covers makes me cringe; but it is exactly this substance, actively suppressed in proposed national and international gatherings, that we human beings must debate and resolve, or else, we will find Dr. King's admonition, once again, to be true: "We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools." We know Mike Ruppert because he became a whistleblower and told us some inconvenient truths. About crack cocaine, 9/11/01, and now this-how to step back from the brink of human disaster.It is clear that Mike and I are headed toward the same destination, despite our differences. This book lands Mike exactly where I am-outside of the box of political orthod

This book not only explains the essence of the subject but provides a penetrating analysis of the wider political, military, and economic implications. The Second Half of the Oil Age now dawns and will be marked by the decline of oil production and all that depends upon it, including especially transport, trade, and agriculture. The book ends with a list of sensible new policy proposals by which to face this turning point of historic magnitude.--Colin Campbell, PhD, Former Oil Exploration Geologist (Texaco, British Petroleum), Exploration Manager, Total; Former Consultant to Shell, Statoil, Mobil and Amerada; Former Executive V.P. Petrofina; Author, many books and publications on Oil and Gas depletion

America's most courageous and fearless investigative reporter exposes the root causes of the financial meltdown. Our new President should read this book for his next intelligence briefing.--Mark Robinowitz, Author, "Peak Oil Wars, " and "Global Permaculture Solutions", PeakOilWars.org, GlobalPermaculture.org

Mike Ruppert has an unblemished track record for saying things that are incendiary, outrageous, shocking-and true. Our new president needs desperately to hear the uncomfortable message of this book about energy and the economy, and so do the rest of us.--Richard Heinberg, PhD, author of "The Party's Over, Peak Everything, The Oil Depletion Protocol" and senior fellow, Post Carbon Institute

"Mike Ruppert has been at the forefront of speaking and writing about the grim reality that the world's crude oil output is peaking or has already peaked and will soon begin what could be swift declines over the next decade or two. The world needs to pay careful attention to the multiple risks this event will usher in. Thanks to Ruppert's new book, readers around the world will have access to his well written work."--Matthew R. Simmons, Chairman, Simmons & Company

"Ruppert confronts the stark realities of a world of declining oil production, poses vital questions of our complex oil-dependent supply chains and challenges us-people and politician alike-to build a sustainable world with what remains of our resources."--Julian Darley, Author, High Noon for Natural Gas, Founder of Post Carbon Institute

"This book not only explains the essence of the subject but provides a penetrating analysis of the wider political, military, and economic implications. The Second Half of the Oil Age now dawns and will be marked by the decline of oil production and all that depends upon it, including especially transport, trade, and agriculture. The book ends with a list of sensible new policy proposals by which to face this turning point of historic magnitude."--Colin Campbell, PhD, Former Oil Exploration Geologist (Texaco, British Petroleum), Exploration Manager, Total; Former Consultant to Shell, Statoil, Mobil and Amerada; Former Executive V.P. Petrofina; Author, many books and publications on Oil and Gas depletion

"Mike Ruppert has an unblemished track record for saying things that are incendiary, outrageous, shocking-and true. Our new president needs desperately to hear the uncomfortable message of this book about energy and the economy, and so do the rest of us."--Richard Heinberg, PhD, author of The Party's Over, Peak Everything, The Oil Depletion Protocol and senior fellow, Post Carbon Institute

"If ever there was a need for a particular book at a particular time, it's this book now."--Jenna Orkin, World Trade Center Environmental Organization

"America's most courageous and fearless investigative reporter exposes the root causes of the financial meltdown. Our new President should read this book for his next intelligence briefing."--Mark Robinowitz, Author, Peak Oil Wars, and Global Permaculture Solutions, PeakOilWars.org, GlobalPermaculture.org

"All I can say is, "Yikes!" This is a book everyone should read. Mike Ruppert is my friend. And, sometimes I remind him, in a way that only a friend can, that my perspective is colored by my own distinct experiences as an informed woman of color in the United States. And frankly, that means that some of what is between these covers makes me cringe; but it is exactly this substance, actively suppressed in proposed national and international gatherings, that we human beings must debate and resolve, or else, we will find Dr. King's admonition, once again, to be true: "We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools." We know Mike Ruppert because he became a whistleblower and told us some inconvenient truths. About crack cocaine, 9/11/01, and now this-how to step back from the brink of human disaster.

It is clear that Mike and I are headed toward the same destination, despite our differences. This book lands Mike exactly where I am-outside of the box of political orthodoxy, but well within the space of policy advocacy that is representative of critical thinking, rational analysis, and authentic leadership. Mike Ruppert dares to go where our elected leaders seem afraid to take us. In the end, however, if we are to salvage our own human dignity, either our "leadership" must catch up with us or we must become and nurture a new generation of leaders."--Cynthia McKinney, 6-term Member, U.S. House of Representatives, Green Party Presidential Candidate, 2008

"Mike Ruppert has been at the forefront of speaking and writing about the grim reality that the world's crude oil output is peaking or has already peaked and will soon begin what could be swift declines over the next decade or two. The world needs to pay careful attention to the multiple risks this event will usher in. Thanks to Ruppert's new book, readers around the world will have access to his well written work."--Matthew R. Simmons, Chairman, Simmons & Company



"Ruppert confronts the stark realities of a world of declining oil production, poses vital questions of our complex oil-dependent supply chains and challenges us-people and politician alike-to build a sustainable world with what remains of our resources."--Julian Darley, Author, High Noon for Natural Gas, Founder of Post Carbon Institute



"This book not only explains the essence of the subject but provides a penetrating analysis of the wider political, military, and economic implications. The Second Half of the Oil Age now dawns and will be marked by the decline of oil production and all that depends upon it, including especially transport, trade, and agriculture. The book ends with a list of sensible new policy proposals by which to face this turning point of historic magnitude."--Colin Campbell, PhD, Former Oil Exploration Geologist (Texaco, British Petroleum), Exploration Manager, Total; Former Consultant to Shell, Statoil, Mobil and Amerada; Former Executive V.P. Petrofina; Author, many books and publications on Oil and Gas depletion



"All I can say is, "Yikes!" This is a book everyone should read. Mike Ruppert is my friend. And, sometimes I remind him, in a way that only a friend can, that my perspective is colored by my own distinct experiences as an informed woman of color in the United States. And frankly, that means that some of what is between these covers makes me cringe; but it is exactly this substance, actively suppressed in proposed national and international gatherings, that we human beings must debate and resolve, or else, we will find Dr. King's admonition, once again, to be true: "We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools." We know Mike Ruppert because he became a whistleblower and told us some inconvenient truths. About crack cocaine, 9/11/01, and now this-how to step back from the brink of human disaster.

It is clear that Mike and I are headed toward the same destination, despite our differences. This book lands Mike exactly where I am-outside of the box of political orthodoxy, but well within the space of policy advocacy that is representative of critical thinking, rational analysis, and authentic leadership. Mike Ruppert dares to go where our elected leaders seem afraid to take us. In the end, however, if we are to salvage our own human dignity, either our "leadership" must catch up with us or we must become and nurture a new generation of leaders."--Cynthia McKinney, 6-term Member, U.S. House of Representatives, Green Party Presidential Candidate, 2008



"Mike Ruppert has an unblemished track record for saying things that are incendiary, outrageous, shocking-and true. Our new president needs desperately to hear the uncomfortable message of this book about energy and the economy, and so do the rest of us."--Richard Heinberg, PhD, author of The Party's Over, Peak Everything, The Oil Depletion Protocol and senior fellow, Post Carbon Institute



"If ever there was a need for a particular book at a particular time, it's this book now."--Jenna Orkin, World Trade Center Environmental Organization



"America's most courageous and fearless investigative reporter exposes the root causes of the financial meltdown. Our new President should read this book for his next intelligence briefing."--Mark Robinowitz, Author, Peak Oil Wars, and Global Permaculture Solutions, PeakOilWars.org, GlobalPermaculture.org

About the Author

Michael C. Ruppert is a former Los Angeles Police Department narcotics investigator turned investigative journalist. He is the author of Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil, the founder of the online newsletter The Collapse Network (www.collapsenet.com). He currently lives in Los Angeles.


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You do not read an article or book by Micheal C. Ruppert & dismiss it easily. There is a lot of unnerving information to digest in this book. He has a track record of getting it right & that being so, we should be banging pots & pans until more people in power get it - that oil is running out while the West (& now the emerging Eastern economies) is rapidly using up the planets resources in the name of growth. Meanwhile world population is out of control & everybody wants what the US has had for decades - mass consumerism! Are alternative fuels a panacea or just giving us false hope? Can we hope for future mass transportation in the light of rapidly dwindling crude oil? No.

Read this book & start preparing for the localized economy as they have been forced to do in Cuba. I couldn't put it down & neither will you!
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I enjoyed this book, and believe it is an important addition to the rapidly growing body of literature on the subject of Peak Oil and the current energy crisis. The author seems to me to be honest, independently-minded and politically-aware (although thankfully not party political), and is clearly passionate about his subject, sometimes to the point of hysteria. The first few chapters are quite short, which adds to the feeling of breathlessness, and suffers from a problem shared by other books on this subject in that events are happening so quickly that the book can feel out-of-date very quickly - although the author's journalistic style does manage to cope with this.

The author does a fine job of describing the schizophrenic, Alice-in-Wonderland reality of the oil economy, its non-linearity, its paradoxes, with price spikes leading to `unconventional' oil becoming economic but also leading to irreversible demand destruction and to price collapse, leading to supply contraction, leading to ... well, who knows how the cycle will be broken?

The book provides excellent examples of how the numbers bandied around by various governments and corporations simply do not add up - all of which can be found elsewhere, but when collected together make a very powerful argument. The role of the media in helping these organizations hide the truth is also well illustrated, and quite shocking even to those like me who have already very low expectations of the mass media.

The chapters on the role of fossil fuels in food production are the bleakest of all. The `meat' of Chapter 8 is an article by Dale Allen Pfeiffer which paints a stark picture for the future for this industry, and only those with a vested interest will be able to claim that "business as usual" is still an option.
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I can not explain as well as Mike Ruppert can on this subject, but it was the most amazing book I have ever read, period.

This book explains how "Peak-Oil" is the biggest present danger to our global civilisation that mankind has ever faced.

What happens when we start to run out of the stuff (oil)? Which we all take for granted every day.

From reading this book you will come to understand how totally blind and unprepared we all are as a species from dealing with this threat, and the only way to save ourselves, is to learn and adapt. This cannot happen if you are living in ignorance about the subject.

So whether you are a believer, or not, in "Peak-Oil", or even if you have no clue as to what it is... Read this book. I guarantee you that it will change your life and your mind for the better.
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I know self-denial is a powerful thing and control of information by corporate media is all but complete, but if the picture is as bleak and alarming as it is portrayed in this book why aren't there hundreds or thousands of people in the know out on the streets demonstrating and flooding the news with awareness of the issue? This is Armageddon stuff.

The book makes a disturbing case for imminent social collapse which we will essentially just wake up to one day - thanks to the inaction of governments and torpor of the population. But what I don't get from the book is what the people in the know (governments and oil corps for example) are planning for the day when it all goes off - do they have bunkers ready? Will we wake up one day to a recorded news broadcast saying the oil is gone and that the government is in hiding waiting for it all to settle down?

It's obvious that oil cannot last for ever, nobody should need a book like this to realise that and it's equally obvious that there is no viable alternative to it and that there won't be for a very long time, if ever, but the immediate threat hinges on a massive collusion to hide the truth from all 7 billion of us.

Ruppert's stats and analysis if true (or even close to being true) mean that during our lifetime we will be facing at the very best a massive and uncontrolled reduction in worldwide population in the billions, with unavoidable suffering - and at worst extinction as a species.

Ultimately this book will scare the pants off you, despite the author's 25 point plan at the end of the book to avoid the worst of the social upheaval. The big question is why is the TV news filled with inconsequential tosh when subjects like this need to be confronted.
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