The Long Emergency

The Long Emergency A Controversial Hit That Sparked Debate Among Businessmen, Environmentalists, And Bloggers, The Long Emergency By James Howard Kunstler Is An Eye Opening Look At The Unprecedented Challenges We Face In The Years Ahead, As Oil Runs Out And The Global Systems Built On It Are Forced To Change Radically. The Long Emergency by James Kunstler If Thomas Friedman s The World is Flat is the ultimate argument for the reality and virtues of globalization then James Kunstler s The Long Emergency provides the decisive counter argument as the world runs out of fossil fuels globalization is doomed The main thrusts of Kunstler s argument are a
Kunstler is like that super intelligent, yet vitriolic friend whose opinions you totally jibe with but find yourself apologizing to others after he s totally ripped them a new one at the cocktail party you hosted last saturday night.Yeah, he s kind of bitter But then again, he s so right His take on 20th century suburbia and the erosion of American culture is spot on.And here Well, he might be right And if he is, we are all SO SCREWED well at least everybody in the U.S outside of Saratoga Kunstler is like that super intelligent, yet vitriolic friend whose opinions you totally jibe with but find yourself apologizing to others after he s totally ripped them a new one at the cocktail party you hosted last saturday night.Yeah, he s kind of bitter But then again, he s so right His take on 20th century s
While I liked World Made by Hand, which is a fiction story based on this author s ideas for how the world is going to hell in a hand basket, I just can t take his ravings in a factual setting Too many half truths outright idiocies in every section I ve tried to peck away at this book for years, but it s just not worth the space it takes up on my table.With less fanaticism, it could be excellent Kunstler has identified quite a few problems that I agree with, but he takes them to extremes While I liked World Made by Hand, which i
The 5 stars you give to the Rolling Stones Exile on Main Street are different from the 5 stars you give to the Tallis Scholars recording of the 1605 Masses of William Byrd This is a 5 star popularizer, not a 5 star science book But the
A humanity hating rant about the end of the world as we know it Kunstler maintains that oil is running out I ll give him that , and that the result of these declining oil supplies will be nothing short of wiping out most of the human race and starting over from scratch He is very alarmist in predictions that he can t possibly have any basis for por ejemplo, he predicts upcoming epidemics in which world leaders inoculate the
This booked sucked It s basically the antithesis of Ray Kurzweil s The Singularity is Near, so instead of converging miracles of science, it s the converging catastrophes of man I originally read this in an attempt to balance out my views, but I overshot the mark The whole book knocks down straw men of the emerging technologies that will solve our energy and environmental problems, and then goes on to preach about the inevitable disasters with fallacious arguments and no scientific data It d This booked sucked It s basically the antithesis of Ray Kurzweil s The Singularity is Near, so instead of converging miracles of science, it s the converging catastrophes of man I originally read this in an attempt to balance out my views, but I overshot the mark The whole book knocks down straw men of the emerging technologies that will solve our energy and environmental
After letting it simmer for a few weeks I think these are the basic irks that converge into JHK s doomed imagined 21st century future Mismanaged resources Misappropriated space Abuse of energy and fossil fuels Irresponsible use of money that results in major net losses for the economy Plans for the future skewed by fantastical ideas in technology Loss of community and its replacement with energy backed novelty and convenience Like the attachment to auto vehicles And too much ineffici After letting it simmer for a few weeks I think these are the basic irks that converge into JHK s doomed imagined 21st century future Mismanaged resources Misappropriated space Abuse of energy and fos
the first chapter is worth five stars as a stand alone invocation and freer than any other part of his writing of verbal posturing.i ve heard the complaints about his style self regard sure But I ve been reading clever men all my life this is one i m grateful to for this passionate appreciation of the arc of entropy compounded by excess and ignorance He s a good teacher as well rooting his vision in just enough science for even someone like me to follow.much of what hum the first chapter is worth five stars as a stand alone invocation and f
Kunstler s central thesis in this very alarming book see the title is that peak oil will destroy civilization as we know it If you don t know what peak oil is, google it and find out If you believe it s a conspiracy of the left wing media, you re an idiot Unfriend me For reference, peak oil is in all likelihood happening right this very instant, maybe starting as early as 2003, but Kunstler emphasizes that it s impossible to be certain on the issue until we re sliding down the other side o Kunstler s central thesis in this very alarming book see the title is that peak oil will destroy civilization as we know it If you don t know what peak oil is, google it and find out If you believe it s a conspiracy of the left wing media, you re an idiot Unfriend me For reference, peak oil is in all likelihood happening right this very instant, maybe starting as early as 2003, but Kunstler emphasizes that it s impossible to be certain on the issue until we re sliding down the other side of Hubble s production curve.Kunstler argues quite convincingly that the end of cheap fossil fuels, specifically natural gas and petroleum, will be enough by itself to make impossible industrial lif
This is not an optimistic book But I don t view it as a pessimistic book either It is simply a realistic explanation of where things stand and where, in all likelihood, we are headed Dramatic change is coming to the world, but especially to the people of the United States who remain steadfast in their denial that this modern, fossil fuel dependent, suburban lifestyle is inherently unsustainable Peak oil, which we are currently at or perhaps slightly past , will be the main culprit for this This is not an optimistic book But I don t view it as a pessimistic book either It is simply a realistic explanation of where things stand and where, in all likelihood, we are headed Dramatic change is coming to the world, but especially to the people of the United States who remain steadfast in their denial that this modern, fossil fuel dependent, suburban lifestyle is inherently unsustainable Peak oil, which we are currently at or perhaps slightly past , will be the main culprit for this change We can t wish it away Comparable substitutes for oil are not going to magically appear to save us.The world, but especially Americans, collectively, are like fools who received a huge cash windfall, immediately spent all of it as fast as they could, all the while assuming that it would either never run out or th

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  • Paperback
  • 336 pages
  • The Long Emergency
  • James Howard Kunstler
  • English
  • 10 May 2017
  • 0802142494