Powerdown

Options and Actions for a Post-carbon Society

By Richard Heinberg

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Includes an overview of the likely impacts of oil and natural gas depletion and then outlines four options for industrial societies. This book explores how three important groups within global society - the power elites, the organized opposition to the elites (the 'activist' movements), and ordinary people - are likely to respond to these options.

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Clairview Books

Clairview Books is an independent publishing company with a focus on cutting-edge, challenging non-fiction books. Whether on current affairs, health, the arts, science or spirituality, their books question conventional thinking, dogmas and all forms of received wisdom. Their list features some big names, such as world leader Mikhail Gorbachev, literary giant Gore Vidal, modern artist Joseph Beuys, birthing guru Michel Odent, and many more.

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Resource depletion and population pressures are about to catch up with us, and no one is prepared. Oil is running out and, if the Western world continues with its current policies, the next decades will likely be marked by war, economic collapse, and environmental catastrophe. The political elites, especially in the US, have shown themselves to be unwilling to deal with the situation, and have in mind a punishing game of 'Last One Standing'. There are alternatives. A 'Powerdown' strategy, for example, would aim to reduce per-capita resource usage in wealthy countries, develop alternative energy sources, distribute resources more equitably, and reduce the human population humanely but systematically over time. It could save us, but will require tremendous effort and economic sacrifice."Powerdown" speaks frankly to these dilemmas.

Avoiding cynicism and despair, it begins with an overview of the likely impacts of oil and natural gas depletion and then outlines four options for industrial societies during the next decades: Last One Standing: the path of competition for remaining resources; Powerdown: the path of cooperation, conservation, and sharing; Waiting for a Magic Elixir: wishful thinking, false hopes, and denial; and, Building Lifeboats: the path of community solidarity and preservation. Finally, the book explores how three important groups within global society - the power elites, the organized opposition to the elites (the 'activist' movements), and ordinary people - are likely to respond to these four options. Timely, accessible and eloquent, "Powerdown" is clarion call to urgent action.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Clairview Books
Publication Date 23 Jul 2007
ISBN 9781905570102
Number of Pages 224

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