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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 circulation clear of our profound societal reliance on fossil fuels; yet simply how titanic a metamorphosis will this be? whereas many policy-makers suppose that renewable strength resources will supply 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 commercial revolutions.

Afterburn includes fifteen essays exploring a variety of elements of the twenty-first century migration clear of fossil fuels including:

Short-term political and fiscal components that abate broad-scale, prepared efforts to adapt
The starting place of longer-term developments (such as consumerism), that experience created a life-style that turns out "normal" to so much americans, yet is really exceptional, hugely fragile, and unsustainable
Potential possibilities and assets of clash which are prone to emerge
From the inevitability and desirability of extra in the community equipped economies to the pressing have to defend our fresh cultural achievements and the futility of pursuing financial progress specifically, Afterburn deals state-of-the-art views and insights that problem traditional pondering our current, our destiny, and the alternatives in our hands.

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

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It means living closer to the ground, learning general skills, and keeping a hand in basic productive activities like growing food. Think of our future as the Lean Society. We can make this transition successfully, if not happily, if enough of us embrace Lean Society thinking and habits. But things likely won’t go well at all if we continue to hide reality from ourselves with gross numbers that delay our adaptation to accelerating, inevitable trends. — April 2014 3 VISUALIZE GASOLINE N ext time you find yourself in traffic, try this nifty thought exercise.

A politician’s most basic tools are power and persuasion, and the ability to frame issues. And the tactics of political argument inevitably range well beyond logic and critical thinking. Therefore politicians can and often do make it harder for people to understand energy issues than would be the case if accurate, unbiased information were freely available. So here is the reason for the paradox stated in the first paragraph: As energy issues become more critically important to society’s economic and ecological survival, they become more politically contested; and as a result, they tend to become obscured by a fog of exaggeration, half-truth, omission, and outright prevarication.

Already, nations are straining to adjust to declining oil 36 AFTER BUR N abundance, searching for alternatives, and fighting over what’s left. No, we’re not running out of oil. We’ve only begun tapping tar sands, tight oil, and polar oil. But what’s left, though impressive in quantity, will be expensive, risky, and slow to extract. Visualize a time, years or decades from now, when machines designed to burn gasoline sit idle, rusting, abandoned. No, we won’t quickly and easily switch to electric cars.

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