The Long Emergency by James Howard Kunstler
The full title The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century
Cheap fossil fuels has made the USA the country it is. However, the days of inexpensive and unlimited fossil fuels are already showing that the well (pun intended) is running dry. Scraping the barrel (another pun) to get the last fossil fuel out of the ground with fracking is an example of getting that fuel.
However, no natural resource will be available forever. There are limits. Peak oil occurred in the US about 1970. Depending on the source of information, the world is at peak oil now -- plus or minus ten years.
It really doesn't matter when fossil fuels run out. They will. That is what Kuntsler relates in his book. Time to prepare for the downhill run (The Long Emergency) as fossil fuels become less available and more expensive. In order to create alternative energy sources such as solar, wind, tidal, nuclear, etc, fuels are needed in the manufacturing process. Time to build those systems while fuel is still available.
However, nothing powers the auto like refined fuels. When fossil fuels are gone, we might have to resort to horses for transportation. Or even walking. Wow.
A readable book and worth the time whether you want to believe in peak oil -- or not.
James Howard Kunstler writes weekly at ClusterFuck Nation
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