Download PDF by Richard Heinberg: Afterburn: Society Beyond Fossil Fuels

By Richard Heinberg

ISBN-10: 1550925849

ISBN-13: 9781550925845

Weather swap, in addition to the depletion of oil, coal, and fuel, dictate that we'll unavoidably circulate clear of our profound societal reliance on fossil fuels; yet simply how mammoth a metamorphosis will this be? whereas many policy-makers think that renewable strength resources will supply a simple "plug-and-play" resolution, writer Richard Heinberg indicates as a substitute that we're in for a wild experience; a "civilization reboot" on a scale just like the rural and commercial revolutions.

Afterburn comprises fifteen essays exploring a number of features of the twenty-first century migration clear of fossil fuels including:

Short-term political and financial components that abate broad-scale, geared up efforts to adapt
The beginning of longer-term traits (such as consumerism), that experience created a life-style that turns out "normal" to so much american citizens, yet is basically remarkable, 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 prepared economies to the pressing have to protect our contemporary cultural achievements and the futility of pursuing fiscal development specially, Afterburn deals state of the art views and insights that problem traditional brooding about 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 prior books together with The Party's Over and the top of progress. he's commonly considered as one of many world's leading communicators of the pressing have to transition clear of fossil fuels.

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What’s needed, evidently, is an attractive new paradigm that might lead us to proactively reduce our energy consumption. The voluntary simplicity movement blazed that trail back in the 1980s,8 and the Transition Network has made considerably more headway by organizing whole communities around the task of reducing fossil fuel consumption while relearning preindustrial skills and rebuilding local economies. Transition also emphasizes building community resilience as an essential strategy in adapting to our emerging energy, economy, and climate reality.

It may be that our inability to voluntarily overcome our reliance on our dominant energy source — ​fossil fuels — ​is hardwired into our DNA. Coal, oil, and gas have offered humanity a temporary but enormous energy subsidy. All animals and plants deal with temporary energy subsidies in basically the same way: the pattern is easy to see in the behavior of songbirds visiting the feeder outside my office window. They eat all the seed I’ve put out for them until the feeder is empty. They don’t save some for later or discuss the possible impacts of their current rate of consumption.

Nearly all climate scientists were gradually persuaded of the correctness of the global warming hypothesis. But a funny thing happened along the way. Clearly, if the climate is changing rapidly and dramatically as a result of human action, and if climate change (of the scale and speed that’s anticipated) is likely to undermine ecosystems and economies, then it stands to reason that 47 48 AFTER BUR N humans should stop emitting so much carbon dioxide. In practical effect, this would mean dramatically reducing our burning of fossil fuels — ​the main drivers of economic growth since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.

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