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By Richard Heinberg

ISBN-10: 1550925849

ISBN-13: 9781550925845

Weather swap, in addition to the depletion of oil, coal, and fuel, dictate that we are going to necessarily stream clear of our profound societal reliance on fossil fuels; yet simply how great a metamorphosis will this be? whereas many policy-makers suppose that renewable power resources will offer a simple "plug-and-play" resolution, writer Richard Heinberg indicates as a substitute that we're in for a wild trip; a "civilization reboot" on a scale just like the rural and commercial revolutions.

Afterburn involves fifteen essays exploring numerous facets of the twenty-first century migration clear of fossil fuels including:

Short-term political and fiscal elements that bog down broad-scale, prepared efforts to adapt
The starting place of longer-term tendencies (such as consumerism), that experience created a lifestyle that turns out "normal" to such a lot american citizens, yet is absolutely extraordinary, hugely fragile, and unsustainable
Potential possibilities and resources of clash which are prone to emerge
From the inevitability and desirability of extra in the neighborhood equipped economies to the pressing have to protect our contemporary cultural achievements and the futility of pursuing fiscal development primarily, Afterburn bargains state-of-the-art views and insights that problem traditional puzzling over our current, our destiny, and the alternatives in our hands.

Richard Heinberg is a senior fellow of the put up Carbon Institute, the writer of 11 earlier books together with The Party's Over and the top of progress. he's greatly considered as one of many world's greatest communicators of the pressing have to transition clear of fossil fuels.

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All of this is inevitable; it’s human nature. We’ll sort through the confusion, given time and the hard knocks that inevitably come when preconceptions veer too far from the facts. However, if the more worri­some implications of climate science are right, we may not have a lot of time for sorting, and our knocks may be very hard indeed. 52 AFTER BUR N Here’s a corollary to my thesis: Political prejudices tend to blind us to facts that fail to fit any conventional political agendas. All political narratives need a villain and a (potential) happy ending.

Stanford professor Mark Jacobson3 and Amory Lovins of Rocky Mountain Institute are leaders of this chorus. Theirs is a reassuring message, but if it doesn’t happen to be factually true (and there are many energy experts who argue persuasively that it isn’t), then it’s of limited helpfulness because it fails to recommend the kinds or degrees of change in energy usage that are essential to a successful transition. The general public tends to listen to one or another of these groups, all of which agree that the climate and energy challenge of the 21st century can be met without sacrificing economic growth.

Unless oil prices remain at current stratospheric levels, significant expansion of tar sands operations may be uneconomic. America is turning increasingly to unconventional oil because conventional sources of petroleum are drying up. The United States is where the oil business started and, in the past century-and-a-half, more oil wells have been drilled here than in the rest of the world’s 24 AFTER BUR N countries put together. 5 Yet society cannot afford oil that’s arbitrarily expensive: the “price/technological limit” can be moved up to a point, but we may be reaching the frontiers of affordability.

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