A Vision For The End Of Oil

Critical of the current proposals for alternative energy, James Howard Kunstler provides a "wake up call" for citizens, and provides a glimpse at life after the world makes its inevitable transition to a post-oil society.

"There is no question that we are in trouble with oil. The natural gas situation is comparably ominous...What's more, the problems of climate change are amplifying, ramifying, and mutually reinforcing the problems associated with rapidly vanishing oil and gas reserves."

"Still, the widespread wish persists that some combination of alternative fuels will rescue us from this oil and gas predicament and allow us to continue enjoying by some other means what Vice-President Cheney has called the "non-negotiable" American way of life. The truth is that no combination of alternative fuels or systems for using them will allow us to continue running America, or even a substantial fraction of it, the way we have been."

"The key to understanding the challenge we face is admitting that we have to comprehensively make other arrangements for all the normal activities of everyday life."

"In general, the circumstances we face with energy and climate change will require us to live much more locally, probably profoundly and intensely so."

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