James Howard Kunstler is the author of four non-fiction works on cities and the challenges facing American society, including: The Geography of Nowhere; Home From Nowhere; The City in Mind; and his ground-breaking book on the peak oil crisis, The Long Emergency (Grove-Atlantic, 2005). His most recent work is the fictional World Made by Hand, a novel of America's post-oil future. He is a regular contributor to the New York Times Sunday Magazine and Op-Ed page, where he has written on environmental and economic issues.
Post Carbon Adviser James Kunstler gives the opening speech at the National Preservation Conference in October 2011.
James Howard Kunstler: It's Too Late for Solutions
Author and social critic James Howard Kunstler has been one of the earliest, most direct, and most articulate voices to warn of the consequences -- economic and otherwise -- of modern society's profligate wasting of the resources that underlie its growth.
In his new book, Too Much Magic
, Jim attacks the wishful thinking dominant today that with a little more growth, a little more energy, a little more technology -- a little more magic
-- we'll somehow sail past our current tribulations without having to change our behavior.
Such self-delusion is particularly dangerous because it is preventing us from taking intelligent, constructive action at the national level when the clock is fast ticking out of our favor. In fact, Jim claims that we are past the state where solutions are possible. Instead, we need a response plan to help us best brace for the impact of the coming consequences. And we need it fast.