Thursday, June 09, 2005

Books on peak oil

Mike has posted a list of peak oil references at I have excerpted his book list below:

Twilight in the Desert: The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy » By Matthew R. Simmons. 2005.
The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of the Oil Age, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-first Century » By James Howard Kunstler. 2005.
Powerdown: Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World » By Richard Heinberg. 2004.
The End of Oil: On the Edge of a Perilous New World » Paul Roberts. 2005.
Blood and Oil : The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Petroleum Dependency » By Michael T. Klare. 2004.
Beyond Oil: The View from Hubbert's Peak » By Kenneth S. Deffeyes. 2004.
Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil » By Michael C. Ruppert. 2004.
Oil, Jihad, and Destiny » By Ronald R. Cook. 2004.
The Coming Oil Crisis » Colin Campbell, 2004. A respected oil industry geologist.
Crude : The Story of Oil » By Sonia Shah. 2004.
A Century Of War : Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order » By F. William Engdahl. 2004.
Oil: Anatomy of an Industry » By Matthew Yeomans. 2004.
Out of Gas: The end of the age of oil » David Goodstein, 2004. Scientific slant, from a thermodynamicist.
The Oil Factor: Protect yourself and profit from the coming energy crisis » Stephen Leeb, Donna Leeb, 2004. Financial and economic perspective, from a pair of investors.
High Noon for Natural Gas » Julian Darley, 2004.
Jimmy Carter and the Energy Crisis of the 1970s: The "Crisis of Confidence" Speech of July 15, 1979 » Daniel Horowitz, 2004.
The Party's Over: Oil, war, and the fate of industrial societies » By Richard Heinberg. 2003. Humanistic perspective, from the view of an ecologist.
Hubbert's Peak: The impending world oil shortage » Kenneth S. Deffeyes, 2003. From an oil industry geologist.
The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight: The Fate of the World and What We Can Do Before It's Too Late » By Thom Hartmann. 2004/2000.
The one that gets the most coverage is Kunstler's The Long Emergency. He recently published an article at the Macon Daily that gives an outline of his point of view (thanks Johnny!).
Carl Jung, one of the fathers of psychology, famously remarked that "people cannot stand too much reality." What you're about to read may challenge your assumptions about the kind of world we live in, and especially the kind of world into which events are propelling us. We are in for a rough ride through uncharted territory.

If you have read any of them I invite you to share your opinion of it. As I read them I will share my impressions.

1 comment:

DD-Steve said...

Thanks for the great list. Especially for Kunstler's recently published article at the Macon Daily that you mentioned. I just read it. A powerful message for me, a newcomer to this issue.