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Today it is all about climate change, but climate change may just be one symptom of a much larger problem for society, energy consumption. There is a very good possibility that we we are reaching a limit as to how much oil (energy) we can produce. Our society has been built on an assumption of unlimited supply of affordable energy. Kunstler makes a case that this model may not be flexible enough to survive on a limited diet of energy let alone a decreasing supply of fuel. His style of writing is pretty confrontational and uncompromising but in this case I think that might be the right tone. It is worth reading in any case. Even if it isn't happening now, it will happen eventually and we need to be facing its reality.
Review: The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First CenturyUser Review - Jim - Goodreads
Good (and scary, appropriately) overview of the issues surrounding the depletion of oil and everything that happens or could happen because of that. Read full review
Review: The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First CenturyUser Review - jess b - Goodreads
Eh. This book was a "controversial hit" for a reason, but for those of us who are already crazypants peak oil climate change collapse alarmists (me) there's not a lot of new info in here. Read full review
Review: The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First CenturyUser Review - John Kaufmann - Goodreads
Kunstler makes linkages that most other books on climate change and the decline of fossil fuels don't make - ie, how different sectors of society such as transportation, health, housing, food ... Read full review
Scary. Must read. Read full review
He's not wrong. But he says it so ineptly, so unreliably, that it doesn't matter. This was meant to be a 10-15 page treatise or blog post about the troubled history of our dependence on foreign oil ... Read full review
Wow. Informative, frightening, and yet somewhat optimistic in the end. This is a must-read for anyone who uses petroleum products all day, every day... Oh wait, WE ALL DO. Read full review
Super interesting and bleak subject. The text is brilliantly written, though the author's suffocating cynicism and blatant misanthropy grew tiresome about halfway through the book. It's unclear how ... Read full review
Ohhhhh, we're in trouble -- well and truly screwed. Such is the lesson of The Long Emergency, which predicts that the end of the 21st century will resemble the end of the 18th far more than the 20th ...
scary true...motivating to plant a garden and some trees, and hoard food, and get solar lights, and pray a whole lot Read full review