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Booklist: Natural history & Science, Evolution, Critical thinking, Health, Resource allocation, Climate change, Fire

Preface. My goal since college has been to read as much as I could across as many fields as possible to obtain a Big Picture View and understand the world as it really is rather than how I’d like it … Continue reading

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Booklist: Agriculture

Preface. Industrial agriculture is destroying topsoil, aquifers, and biodiversity with land use changes and pesticides. Pests adapt within 5 years on average to toxic chemicals (see Dyer’s “Chasing the Red Queen” below), and scientists are running out of new poisons. … Continue reading

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Booklist: American History, Politics, Corruption, and Economics & Investing

Preface. Many of the books below will turn what you learned in school upside-down.   More booklists Alice Friedemann,  author of “When Trucks Stop Running: Energy and the Future of Transportation”, 2015, Springer and “Crunch! Whole Grain Artisan Chips and … Continue reading

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Booklist: Travel, Psychology, World history, Food, Anthropology, (Auto)biography, Religion

Preface. These are by no means all the books I’ve ever read. Books not worth reading aren’t listed, and most of the books I read before 1991 are missing because our house burned down in the Oakland firestorm. More booklists … Continue reading

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Energy Crisis Booklist: EROEI, Peak oil, Peak coal, Peak natural gas, Nuclear, Kerogen, Methane hydrates

Preface. Civilization is utterly dependent on fossil fuels for heavy-duty transportation (batteries are too heavy to scale up to trucks). Electricity is too intermittent, unpredictable, and sometimes absent for weeks to fulfill many of societies needs, and consequently, no one … Continue reading

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Alternative Energy Booklist: Biofuels, Batteries, Solar, Wind, Nuclear, Hydropower, Hydrogen, Fusion, Geothermal, Wind & tidal, Muscle power, Far out

Why Alternative Energy can’t replace fossil fuels Introduction. I was in college when the first energy crisis of 1973 happened and joined an alternate technology group. We watched engineers build electric cars, windmills, and convert a car to run on … Continue reading

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The Depressing Booklist: War, Extinction, Pollution, Resource depletion, Limits to growth, Overpopulation, Collapse, Infrastructure, Peak minerals, Transportation, Postcarbon life

Preface. My favorite book in high school was Gibbs “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire”. I never imagined I’d live long enough to see my own civilization collapse. After all, we were taught in school that America was … Continue reading

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Book list: What to do about peak everything and limits to growth

There are plenty of survivalist websites, and I’ve certainly thought about how to survive, but I’m madly in love with my techno-optimist husband, so we’re not going to do anything.   Where best to be will keep changing – initially cities … Continue reading

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All booklists

Preface.  Looking for a good book to read? Alice Friedemann   www.energyskeptic.com  author of “When Trucks Stop Running: Energy and the Future of Transportation”, 2015, Springer and “Crunch! Whole Grain Artisan Chips and Crackers”. Podcasts: Derrick Jensen, Practical Prepping, KunstlerCast 253, … Continue reading

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John Howe booklist

http://www.solarcarandtractor.com/Peak_Oil_Update.html Astyk, S. (2008) “Depletion and Abundance, Life On the New Home Front.” Bartlett, A. (2004) “The Essential Exponential, For the Future of Our Planet.” Bligh, J. (2004) “The Fatal Inheritance.” Brown, L. (2008) “Plan B 3.0, Mobilizing To Save … Continue reading

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