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Not the Future We Ordered: Peak Oil, Psychology, and the Myth of Eternal Progress

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ISBN: 9781780490885
Author(s): John Michael Greer
Format: Paperback
Year: 2013
Publisher: Karnac Books
Dimensions: 127 x 193 x 13 (w x l x h)
Pages: 149

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For well over half a century, since the first credible warnings of petroleum depletion were raised in the 1950s, contemporary industrial civilization has been caught in a remarkable paradox: a culture more focused on problem solving than any other has repeatedly failed to deal with, or even consider, the problem most likely to bring its own history to a full stop. The coming of peak oil-the peaking and irreversible decline of world petroleum production-poses an existential threat to societies in which every sector of the economy depends on petroleum-based transport, and no known energy source can scale up extensively or quickly enough to replace dwindling oil supplies. Resolute action on personal, local, national, and global levels over the decades just passed might have staved off a future of economic contraction, political turmoil, and immense human suffering. Instead, governments and populations of all the world's industrial nations collectively closed their eyes to the impending crisis.Not The Future We Ordered is the first study of the psychological dimensions of that decision and its consequences, as a case study in the social psychology of collective failure, and as an issue with which psychologists and therapists will be confronted repeatedly in the years ahead.
At the core of the modern world's inability to come to grips with the challenge of peak oil are a set of beliefs
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