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For the past 100 years the industrialised countries of the world have become increasingly dependent on plentiful, cheap oil. We are dependent on oil and other hydrocarbons for the distribution of most of our natural foods, and for the production and distribution of ALL of our synthetic processed foods, and much of our pharmaceutical medicines. The radical changes we face over the next few years will not be at all easy, and the transition from oil-dependancy will likely be a rough ride.

Alongside the economic rise of countries like India and China has been the increasing demands of their respective peoples for lifestyles similar to those that exist in the western industrialised nations - and this means individual motorised transport powered by oil products. The demand for petrol/gasoline/diesel in the developing countries on every continent except Antarctica is likely to increase dramatically in the next decade or so, while at the same time the global reserves of crude oil is rapidly diminishing.

Many of the peoples in those rapidly developing countries look upon the smoking industrial chimneys as evidence of 'progress', and are naturally suspicious of 'western' industrialised countries who are calling for reductions in the use of all technologies that are responsible for producing Co2. This suspicion is due to what is increasingly being seen as exaggerated claims of a 'scientific consensus' amongst the world's environmental scientific 'experts' regarding the supposed direct link between Co2 and 'Global Warming', which is being shown to be not so clear-cut as some have been saying because more and more scientists are speaking out regarding the inadequacies of the 'computer-modelling' on which such claims are based.

Below are a selection of books about the problems of 'Peak Oil' and the uncertainties that we face as we try to adjust to a life without oil. For those seeking security in a world over-dependent on imported produce, the choice is one of hard work and self-sufficient peace of mind - or the uncertainties of 'just-in-time-supplied' supermarkets totally dependent on oil for the global transport network and the centralised power generation grids that are becoming increasingly vulnerable as we enter the 21st century.

2010 Reality Check

The recent summit meeting in Copenhagen was NOT about so-called anthropogenic (man-made) global warming. It was simply about new ways to tax everyone in the whole world. The 'solutions' that were proposed by the leaders of all the countries that attended were desperate efforts to save their respective centralised energy grids. ONLY with centralised energy generation and distribution can consumers be taxed.

What those goverments don't want to see is a movement towards genuine self-sufficiency, where 'MICRO-GENERATION' replaces the centralised national grids. What they really fear is the fact that they simply cannot tax you if you don't consume the commodities that are centrally controlled - hence the CO2 scam and The Great Global Warming Swindle.

Now that the integrity of many of the IPCC Assessment Reports, and especially their 'Summary for Policymakers' documents are coming under independent scrutiny, the dishonest and unscientific manner in which these publications were compiled is becoming ever clearer. An example of this is the January 2010 revelation that the Himalayan glaciers overall are NOT MELTING, and will NOT BE GONE BY 2035.

Furthermore, the glaciers in the mountains of New Zealand have been expanding for a number of years, even during those years that the global warming disinformation networks were telling us were the warmest since records began - or some similar nonsense.

Some of the books and information sources on this page were compiled and written when the CO2 scam and the great global warming swindle were at their height and their disinformation networks were in full swing. This means that many of the authors were influenced by the climate change disinformation that the whole world has been bombarded with over the past few decades.

Nevertheless, the many and varied brilliantly practical ideas on how to become genuinely self-sufficient are still as valid now as they were before the "ClimateGate" scandal erupted in November 2009. Simply ignore the global warming stuff and get on with the job...


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"The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience"
Rob Hopkins

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"With an insightful global approach, Paul Roberts investigates the startling truth about the way we make, market, consume, and even think about food, and how this system is no longer compatible or safe for the billions of consumers that it was built to serve.

The emergence of large-scale and efficient food production changed forever our relationship with food and ultimately left a vulnerable and paradoxical system in place.

Over 1.1 billion people worldwide are 'over-nourished,' according to the World Health Organization, and are at risk of obesity-related illness, while roughly as many people are starving.

Meanwhile, the natural systems all food is dependent upon have been irreparably damaged by chemicals & destructive farming techniques.

Roberts presents clear, stark visions of the future and helps us identify the decisions both personal and global that we must make to survive the demise of food production as we know it.

We live in an oil-dependent world, and have got to this level of dependency in a very short space of time, using vast reserves of oil in the process without planning for when the supply is not so plentiful.

Most of us avoid thinking about what happens when oil runs out (or becomes prohibitively expensive), but The Transition Handbook shows how the inevitable and profound changes ahead can have a positive outcome.

These changes can lead to the rebirth of local communities, which will grow more of their own food, generate their own power, and build their own houses using local materials. They can also encourage the development of local currencies, to keep money in the local area.

There are now over 30 Transition Towns in the UK, with more joining as the idea takes off. With little proactivity at government level, communities are taking matters into their own hands and acting locally. If your town is not a Transition Town, this upbeat guide offers you the tools for starting the process."


"Peak Oil Survival: A Guide to Life After Gridcrash" by Aric McBay

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"Oil and energy are not the limitless resources they were once thought to be, and at some point in the foreseeable future, these supplies will run out.

"Peak Oil Survival" is the ultimate guide to planning for this eventuality, showing readers how to survive when the food, transport, and energy industries sputter to a halt.

With its clear, simple instructions and easy-to-read diagrams, this volume explains how people can protect their families in a time of crisis and live comfortably "off the grid"."

There is an entire literatue on Peak Oil (now, 30 years too late).

Easy to read, to "connects the dots" and makes it clear just how tough urban and surban survival is going to be--imagine Baghdad at home. The author has really knocked the ball out of the park with common sense."


"Party's Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies" by Richard Heinberg

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"Never mind the chances of an asteroid impact or sea levels rising in 200 years time, super volcanoes or books of cryptic religious texts. This really is the book you should read.

Rooted in hard science and physical facts, we really are about to enter a man made catastrophe.

Unless you live in a mud hut, gathering root vegetables and hunting wildebeest you will be affected by the up and coming energy crisis.

What is this impending energy catastrophe? It is the inability of the world to provide enough raw oil, (a finite resource) to sustain the year on year (exponential) growth of our economies and population.

The crisis will affect what you eat, how you travel, the costs of all raw materials and products made from them, employment, the value of money, perhaps even the value of life itself. It will certainly change the way you live sooner rather than later."


"Petrodollar Warfare: Oil, Iraq and the Future of the Dollar" by William R. Clark

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"The invasion of Iraq may well be remembered as the first oil currency war. Far from being a response to 9/11 terrorism or Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction, Petrodollar Warfare argues that the invasion was precipitated by two converging phenomena: the imminent peak in global oil production and the ascendance of the euro currency

Energy analysts agree that world oil supplies are about to peak, after which there will be a steady decline in supplies of oil. Iraq, possessing the world's second-largest oil reserves, was therefore already a target of US geostrategic interests.

Together with the fact that Iraq had switched to paying for oil in euros-rather than US dollars-the Bush administration's unreported aim was to prevent further OPEC momentum in favor of the euro as an alternative oil transaction currency standard.

Meticulously researched, this book examines US dollar hegemony and the unsustainable macroeconomics of 'petrodollar recycling."


"The Long Descent: A User's Guide to the End of the Industrial Age"
by John Michael Greer

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"From start to finish, this book is both practical and inspirational.

He begins with a clear explanation of our energy predicament, and makes the novel claim that this is not a problem to solve - it is a situation that we must adapt to.

Cheap, abundant energy is slowly becoming a thing of the past, and we must make the best of what we have.

The author does an excellent job of disarming two common responses to Peak Oil by bringing their myths to the surface: the myth of progress and the myth of apocalypse.

Civilization does not collapse over night - it is better to recognize that it is a gradual stepping down that takes place over the course of a couple hundred years.

It is too late to expect a government solution to the problem, and only individuals and communities can take action now."


"Beyond Oil: The View from Hubbert's Peak" by Kenneth S. Deffeyes

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"For those who wonder why certain countries insist on developing nuclear power, geologist Deffeyes has a possible answer: "World oil production has ceased growing."

In this sobering, instructive and somewhat apocalyptic book, Deffeyes (Hubbert's Peak) paints a bleak picture of the future of fossil fuels and of what will happen to the world without them.

Deffeyes bases his book on the work of M. King Hubbert, who mathematically determined that the world's oil supply would peak in 2000 and then drop steadily thereafter.

The bugaboo here of course is that world oil demand will not decrease, but with the rapid industrialization of places like China and India, it will increase, perhaps dramatically.

Oil and its related petroleum byproducts, Deffeyes points out, have changed the world economically, technologically and socially, and its absence could have a similarly massive, though negative, effect."


"The End of Oil: On the Edge of a Perilous New World" by Paul Roberts

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"All economic activity is rooted in the energy economy, which means a substantial portion of the current world economy is linked to the production and distribution of oil.

But what will happen, Roberts asks, when the well starts to run dry?

Walking readers through the modern energy economy, he suggests that grim prospect may not be as far off as we'd like to think and points out how political unrest could disrupt the world's oil supply with disastrous results.

But that could be the least of our worries; some of Roberts's most persuasive passages describe an almost inevitable future shaped by global warming, especially as rapidly industrializing countries like China begin to replicate the pollution history of the U.S.

Some signs of hope are visible, he believes, especially in Europe, but the stumbling progress of potential alternatives such as hydrogen power or fuel cells is additional cause for concern."


"Peak Oil Prep - Prepare for Peak Oil, Climate Change and Economic Collapse"
by Mick Winter

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"Three Things You Can Do to Prepare for Peak Oil, Climate Change and Economic Collapse -- You can easily lead a more sustainable, money-saving life right now.

But you have to do it yourself. No one, including the government, is going to do it for you.

The book covers topics that list three free, or low-cost, things you can do to save money; decrease energy dependence; fight global warming and abrupt climate change; and improve your home, your community, and your environment.

Topics include: Self-employment, relocation, local business, car, food, shopping, money, neighborhood, kitchen, bathroom, yard, heating, cooling, lighting, and many more.

Anything we can do to build lifeboats for ourselves and our loved ones as we move closer to collapse is essential. Mick Winter's Peak Oil Prep is a powerful and practical guidebook for doing just that."


"Post-Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook: Recipes for Changing Times"
by Albert Bates

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"Over the coming years we will need to move from a global culture addicted to cheap, abundant petroleum to a culture of compelled conservation, whether through govt. directive or market forces.

The Post-Petroleum Survival Guide provides useful practical advice for preparing your family and community to make the transition.

This book takes a positive, upbeat, and optimistic view of "the Great Change," promoting the idea that it can be an opportunity to redeem our essential interconnectedness with nature and with each other.

The many rifts that have grown up since oil became the world's prime commodity can be mended: between cities and their food sources; the design of the suburban-built environment and its car-oriented sprawl; runaway greenhouse warming, and the clearing of forests and toxification of rivers, oceans, and land."


"Powerdown: Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World"
by Richard Heinberg

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"The next decades will be marked by war, economic collapse, and environmental catastrophe. Resource depletion and population pressures are about to catch up with us, and no one is prepared.

The alternative is "Powerdown," a strategy that will require tremendous effort and economic sacrifice in order to reduce per-capita resource usage in wealthy countries, develop alternative energy sources, distribute resources more equitably, and reduce the human population humanely but systematically over time.

Powerdown speaks frankly to these dilemmas. Avoiding cynicism and despair, it begins with an overview of the likely impacts of oil and natural gas depletion and then outlines four options for industrial societies during the next decades:

Last One Standing: the path of competition for remaining resources;
Powerdown: the path of cooperation, conservation and sharing;
Waiting for a Magic Elixir: wishful thinking, false hopes, and denial;
Building Lifeboats: the path of community solidarity & preservation."


"Plan C: Community Survival Strategies for Peak Oil and Climate Change"
by Pat Murphy

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"Concerns over energy depletion and climate change are increasing exponentially. Mainstream solutions still assume a panacea that will cure our climate ills without requiring any serious modification to our way of life.

"Plan C" explores the risks inherent in trying to continue our energy-intensive lifestyle.

Using dirtier fossil fuels ("Plan A") or switching to renewable energy sources (Plan B) allows people to remain complacent in the face of potential global catastrophe.

Dramatic lifestyle change is the only way to begin to create a sustainable, equitable world.

This book shows how each person's individual choices can dramatically reduce CO2 emissions. It offers specific strategies in the areas of food, transportation and housing."


"A Thousand Barrels a Second: The Coming Oil Break Point and the Challenges Facing an Energy Dependent World" by Peter Tertzakian

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"Though written by an energy industry investment analyst and intended primarily for investors, this book makes a convincing, layreader-friendly case that the end of oil is nigh and it's time to get serious about energy alternatives now that the world is at "the dawn of a new energy age" that will pit the U.S. against China in the struggle for oil.

Tertzakian provides an excellent primer on oil's history, uses, supply chains and politics, including dozens of charts and graphs to illustrate the bleak outlook for oil's future.

The future of energy, Tertzakian advises, is an amalgamation of increasing dependence on alternative fuels (biofuel, nuclear and green sources) and conservation.

He admits conservation is a tough sell for big earners who will be able to afford the $4 per gallon gasoline will inevitably cost, but he notes in the same breath that low- and moderate-income earners and energy inefficient industries will suffer the most."


"Twilight in the Desert: The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy"
by Matthew R. Simmons

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"Investment banker Simmons offers a detailed description of the relationship between Saudi Arabia and the U.S and our long-standing dependence upon Saudi oil.

With a field-by-field assessment of its key oilfields, he highlights many discrepancies between Saudi Arabia's actual production potential and its seemingly extravagant resource claims.

Parts 1 and 2 of the book offer background and context for understanding the technical discussion of Saudi oil fields and the world's energy supplies. Parts 3 and 4 contain analysis of Saudi Arabia's oil and gas industry based on the technical papers published by the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Simmons suggests that when Saudi Arabia and other Middle East producers can no longer meet the world's enormous demand, world leaders and energy specialists must be prepared for the consequences of increased scarcity and higher costs of oil that support our modern society."


"Hubbert's Peak: The Impending World Oil Shortage" by Kenneth S. Deffeyes

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"In Hubbert's Peak, Deffeyes writes with good humor about the oil business, but he delivers a sobering message: the 100-year petroleum era is nearly over.

Global oil production will peak sometime between 2004 and 2008, and the world's production of crude oil "will fall, never to rise again."

If Deffeyes is right--and if nothing is done to reduce the increasing global thirst for oil--energy prices will soar and economies will be plunged into recession as they desperately search for alternatives.

It's tempting to dismiss Deffeyes as just another of the doomsayers who have been predicting, almost since oil was discovered, that we are running out of it. But Deffeyes makes a persuasive case that this time it's for real.

This is an oilman and geologist's assessment of the future, grounded in cold mathematics. And it's frightening. The petroleum era is coming to a close. Strong words for a man raised in the oil patch."


"Out of Gas: The End of the Age of Oil" by David Goodstein

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"Everyone agrees we will run out of fossil fuels someday-Goodstein, a Caltech professor, argues it will be sooner rather than later based on the petrochemical data available.

In this alarming little book, portions of which were originally published in a bioethics journal, Goodstein explains with limited jargon that we will completely exhaust oil supplies within 10 years.

He warns that we have reached, or even surpassed Hubbert's Peak, the moment when we have consumed half of all oil known to exist and will likely use the rest up even faster, due to ever-increasing demand and decreasing discoveries.

What will we do when all the oil is gone? Goodstein outlines two scenarios, both chilling.

In the worst case, we might run out of oil so fast that the only affordable alternative is coal. In this throwback future, Goodstein writes, 'the greenhouse effect that results eventually tips Earth's climate into a new state hostile to life.'"



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