Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Long Emergency

The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century by James Howard Kunstler

This is quite possibly the most terrifying read of my life. If you value your children and their future, please read this book and get ready! I don't believe Mr. Kunstler to be a pessimist or a soulless author trying to make a buck. He is offering a dire warning that most of us have ignored for far to long.

I sometimes think I need to move into a bigger house to have my room for my possessions with less clutter. The truth is I need less stuff, not more room. The world's oil consumption is much the same; we don't need more oil, we need less dependence on it. Everything we do is dependent on petroleum products which are disappearing rapidly with no viable alternative fuels in site.

We have passed the peak of oil production. It will quickly become more and more difficult and expensive to obtain more. Economies will crash, nations will go to war, and life as we know it will die. We will not return to pre-Industrial Age living because many of those skills are lost and instead of having a billion people, we have six and a half. Water will become scarce. Hygiene will be difficult or impossible. Super viruses will devastate an unprepared world.

If it sounds like Mad Max Science Fiction, its not. It will probably be much worse than that. This isn't fear mongering or paranoia. The facts are here, we have just ignored them at our own peril for far too long.

Many short term and long term man-made and natural disasters could occur. This one will, sooner than later. Read up, prove me wrong or get prepared. If you ignore the evidence and choose to hide under a rock, that is where you will most likely die.

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