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By Richard Heinberg

Weather switch, in addition to the depletion of oil, coal, and fuel, dictate that we are going to necessarily flow clear of our profound societal reliance on fossil fuels; yet simply how gigantic a change will this be? whereas many policy-makers suppose that renewable strength resources will offer a simple "plug-and-play" answer, writer Richard Heinberg indicates as an alternative that we're in for a wild experience; a "civilization reboot" on a scale just like the rural and business revolutions.

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

Short-term political and financial elements that abate 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 so much american citizens, yet is really unheard of, hugely fragile, and unsustainable
Potential possibilities and assets of clash which are more likely to emerge
From the inevitability and desirability of extra in the community equipped economies to the pressing have to guard our fresh cultural achievements and the futility of pursuing financial 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 submit Carbon Institute, the writer of 11 earlier books together with The Party's Over and the tip of progress. he's commonly considered as one of many world's finest communicators of the pressing have to transition clear of fossil fuels.

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Indeed, rather than soberly assessing the situation and its imminent economic challenges, our policy makers are stuck in a state of public relations-induced euphoria, high on temporarily spiking gross US oil and gas production numbers. The obvious solution to declining fossil fuel returns on investment is to transition to alternative energy sources as quickly as possible. We’ll have to do this anyway to address the climate crisis. But from an energy accounting point of view, it may not offer much help.

Gasoline is more expensive and consumption has declined. Hooray! There’s just one catch. None of this is happening as a result of long-range, comprehensive planning. And it will take a lot of planning and effort to minimize the human impact of a societal shift from relative energy abundance to relative energy scarcity. In fact, there is virtually no discussion occurring among officials about the larger economic implications of declining energy returns on investment. Indeed, rather than soberly assessing the situation and its imminent economic challenges, our policy makers are stuck in a state of public relations-induced euphoria, high on temporarily spiking gross US oil and gas production numbers.

If you do this visualization exercise, you might find yourself seeing rivulets, streams, and — ​in the case of big freeways — ​rivers of gasoline coursing across the land. For the United States as a whole, four hundred million gallons of gasoline enter and leave the flow every day. 8 billion gallons on any given day. 33 34 AFTER BUR N A real river or stream is the spine of a watershed and the heart of a riparian ecosystem. Trees, shrubs, insects and their larvae, fish, birds, amphibians, and mammals all derive their livelihoods from flowing water.

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