For four decades, Richard Heinberg has been observing why our current growth based economy is unsustainable. He has written seminal books on peak oil and the global effects of the end of easily extracted cheap oil. We are now entering that period in human history. Oil prices are on the rise again and companies are mining oil from less easily accessible sites (for instance, BP’s deep water explorations in the Gulf of Mexico). As oil becomes scarcer, the risk of accidents increases along with the price per barrel yet humanity’s insatiable desire for this black gold continues. It is at the heart of how we run our post-industrial societies in the West and is fuelling the industrial expansion of the developing world.
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