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Review: Afterburn by Richard Heinberg

Heinberg, who has few peers in the art of distilling complex messages down to simple, easily understandable take-aways, gives this summation of our fossil fuel predicament: “it’s all about energy; renewables are the future; growth is over.”

Richard Heinberg talks about Afterburn  

Richard Heinberg on his new book Afterburn: Society Beyond Fossil Fuels.

Richard Heinberg on Our Renewable Future

Richard Heinberg discusses our renewable future and how to get there.

After the Peak

Within a couple of years, those of us who have spent most of the past two decades warning about the approaching peak may see vindication by data, if not by public opinion.

Our Renewable Future

Or, What I’ve Learned in 12 Years Writing about Energy

Permaculture, a Vision of the Post-Oil World

More than an agricultural technology, permaculture is a vision of the societies of tomorrow, ours, which will be confronted with the evolution of energy and climate systems.

Muddling Through and Unsung Heroes

Our future will involve a lot of just "muddling through" as our complex society starts to fall apart, and we must stay away from the "strong men" who will offer appealingly simple answers to complex problems.

Fitting into nature - or not

How can we personally steward our small corner of the earth, in opposition to the last fumes of destructive industrial society?

Agency on Demand? Holmgren, Hopkins, and the Historical Problem of Agency

All these questions are questions of agency: to what extent, if any, can humans be purposeful agents of historical change.  This question, I will suggest, has up to now been given something like a free pass in much post-carbon discourse, for reasons that I will explain in depth later.  

2030 is the New 2012

Last week’s discussion of failed predictions in the peak oil movement inevitably touched on the latest round of claims that the world as we know it is going to come to a full stop sometime very soon.

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