Category Archives: Books

When Trucks Stop Running, So Does Civilization. Energy and the Future of Transportation.

When Trucks Stop Running, So Does Civilization. Energy and the Future of Transportation. January 16, 2016   by Alice Friedemann    www.energyskeptic.com Also see: When Trucks Stop Running: Table of Contents, Preface, References Virtually everything in our homes, everything in our stores, … Continue reading

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When Trucks Stop Running: Table of Contents, Preface, References

Alice Friedemann.  2016. When Trucks Stop Running: Energy and the Future of Civilization. Springer. Available in print and eBook at Springer, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. Table of Contents 1 When Trucks Stop Running, America Stops 2 Shipping Makes the … Continue reading

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Nothing is true & everything Is possible: the surreal heart of the new Russia by Peter Pomerantsev

Peter Pomerantsev. 2014. Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia. Public Affairs. [ OVERVIEW. This is an amazing look at what it is like in Russia these days. There are schools that teach … Continue reading

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13 fallacies of Steven Pinker’s “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined”

It only took me half an hour to find significant criticism of Pinker’s work and write this up.  If I had more time I could find a lot more. Hopefully this will spare you many days of wasted time reading … Continue reading

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Review of Schneider-Mayerson “Peak Oil Apocalyptic Environmentalism and Libertarian Political Culture”

I just finished a great book about life in Russia called “Nothing is true and everything is possible, the surreal heart of the new Russia” by Peter Pomerantsev. He reveals how Soviet propaganda is propagated through TV shows whose goal … Continue reading

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Tilting at Windmills, Spain’s disastrous attempt to replace fossil fuels with Solar Photovoltaics

Book review of “Spain’s Photovoltaic Revolution. The Energy Return on Investment”, by Pedro Prieto and Charles A.S. Hall. 2013. Springer. Reviewed by Alice Friedemann, www.energyskeptic.com, last updated November 30, 2015 Last updated April 11, 2015 with responses from Prieto on … Continue reading

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Some of my favorite passages from H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

When walking the forest you come across all sorts of things you don’t expect. Great tracts of reindeer moss, for example: tiny stars and florets and inklings of an ancient flora growing on exhausted land. Crisp underfoot in summer, the … Continue reading

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Book Review of Kleveman’s 2003 “The New Great Game: Blood and Oil in Central Asia”

[I posted this book review at yahoo group energyresources back in 2004 when the average American still thought the Iraq war was about weapons of mass destruction. It is still relevant today.  Alice Friedemann  www.energyskeptic.com ] Lutz Kleveman. 2003. “The … Continue reading

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Book list: What to do

I’m not sure that collapse can be coped with, but if it can, it’s at a local level cooperating and sharing with people nearby, because few have all the skills necessary to survival on their own year after year.  Given … Continue reading

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Reading List. Peak Energy

Introduction “An Energy slave unit equals the average output of a man doing 150,000 foot-pounds of work per day 250 days per year. In low-energy societies, nonhuman energy slaves are horses, oxen, windmills, riverboats. Now, the average American has more … Continue reading

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