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AFTERBURN: Richard Heinberg interview

April 10, 2015


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In 2003, his book “The Party’s Over: Oil, War & the Fate of Industrial Societies” turned Peak Oil from an insider worry to a popular movement. Twelve years and eight books later, Richard Heinberg is still the go-to guy for what’s happening with world energy – and there’s a lot happening right now.

Of course everyone wants to know what happened to Peak Oil and the way out of this fossil fuel mess. Richard gives us that update, and whole lot more, in his latest book just out, called “Afterburn, Society Beyond Fossil Fuels“.

As energy issues become more critically important to society’s economic and ecological survival, they become more politically contested; and as a result, they tend to become obscured by a fog of exaggeration, half-truth, omission, and outright prevarication.”

– Richard Heinberg, ‘Afterburn’

Interview by Alex Smith, Radio Ecoshock

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  • Only one comment to this great interview why Richard. Governments are not the bad guys by definition. This is a typical US cultural trait, from a different perspective, government can be a force for good if we actually implement the concept of democracy and participation. Again as Richard was saying, collaboration will be the key. Democracy is based on collaboration to maintain public goods. the concept of democracy and public goods (the commons!) really need to be central after years of this failed experiment called growth-based petri capitalism that is incompatible with democracy and our sustainable presence in the ecosystem.

  • Francesco, how on earth are we going to implement the concept of democracy and participation, please?