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FINAL ENERGY CRISIS
Edited by Andrew McKillop & Sheila Newman
A collection of analysis, predictions and histories
of the juice that makes the system go, namely oil and the politics
of oil. Various contributors chart the symbiotic nature
of "cheap" energy and population growth , the
impact the rise in the Chinese and Indian neoliberal markets will
have on everyone (and everything), and a particularly spot-on take
of the doomed Kyoto Agreement.
What McKillop refers to as "Climatic Revisionism"
, the host of essays and "research" that denies climate
change is even taking place, or that it's industrialisation's fault,
is given a good airing also. The book's end considers the alternatives,
in terms of energy and overall social aspirations, to the current
terminally ill ones. This is a keenly argued research-based book,
and though it gets a bit complicated in parts, it is essentially
readable and a sobering warning for the future. Recession here we
Frog Warming (don't try this at home)
"...the trick is to put the frogs live
into lukewarm water, then gradually heat it. At any point the frog
could, if sufficiently alarmed, hop out of the pot and escape. But
they don't, because they don't notice the water slowly getting hotter.
Thank goodness we clever humans, on this gradually warming planet
of ours, aren't stupid like those frogs! Well, as a matter
of fact, we have noticed it - some of us, at least. We even have
the data projecting the continuing rise of oceans swamping most
of our major cities, and the pending disruption and collapse of
our agricultural systems.
Far more is going on than would alert a frog
- even a very stupid frog. What's worse, at any point we could fairly
stabilise and even reverse the trend, by any of a great number of
means, but chances are that we won't, so settled are we within
the walls of our stew pan"