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Richard Heinberg

Subtitled: "Options and actions for a post-carbon world", this is a frightening description of the coming collapse of our civilisation as a result of the end of cheap energy. Heinberg's analysis of the situation is grim: he believes it is already too late to do much: the oil is running out and there is nothing to replace it. Economic collapse, famine and widespread war are the likely result. The best option he believes is "Powerdown": an attempt at an internationally managed "soft landing" through a managed policy of drastic reduction in energy usage. Any such policy seems a remote possibility at a time when the most powerful countries in the world are persuing the policy which he calls "Last One Standing": the attempt to grab as much as possible of the remaining resources while denying them to others.

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