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Not the Future We Ordered: Peak Oil,…

Not the Future We Ordered: Peak Oil, Psychology, and the Myth of Progress (2013)

by John Michael Greer

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Little in this book will be new to regular readers of The Archdruid Report, Greer's weekly blog on peak oil and related topics. However this is a well argued and conveniently sized book to urge on acquaintances who are unfamiliar with Greer's work and who seem confused by the collision between our culture's ongoing promise of never-ending progress and the reality of pollution, resource depletion and social breakdown. ( )
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It is a curious and recurring reality in social history that the crises that come to define entire eras are very often those that, until they burst into the forefront of public attention, no one affected by them was willing to discuss at all.
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For well over half a century, since the first credible warnings of petroleum depletion were raised in the 1950s, contemporary industrial civilization has been caught in a remarkable paradox: a culture more focused on problem solving than any other has repeatedly failed to deal with, or even consider, the problem most likely to bring its own history to a full stop. The coming of peak oil-the peaking and irreversible decline of world petroleum production-poses an existential threat to societies in which every sector of the economy depends on petroleum-based transport, and no known energy source.… (more)

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