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ENERGY: Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growth

Bill McKibben David Fridley David Hughes Gloria Flora Richard Heinberg

October 1, 2012

What magic, or monster, lurks behind the light switch and the gas pump? Where does the seemingly limitless energy that fuels modern society come from? From oil spills, nuclear accidents, mountaintop removal coal mining, and natural gas “fracking” to large-scale wind, solar, and biomass plants, every source of energy has costs.

In a large-format, photo-driven narrative (including over 150 color photos), ENERGY: Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growth takes an unflinching look at the systems that support our insatiable thirst for more power along with their unintended side effects. Over thirty leading thinkers on energy, society, and ecology lift the veil on the harsh realities of our pursuit of energy at any price, revealing the true costs, benefits, and limitations of all our energy options.

Edited by Tom Butler and George Wuerthner. Introduction by Richard Heinberg.


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Also available as a text-only paperback.

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Visit The ENERGY Reader for the list of chapters, most of which are available online.

Praise for ENERGY and The ENERGY Reader

ENERGY-IPPY-sml-banner-w-book-cover“A great resource, a wonderful collection.”

Eric Zencey, Fellow, The Gund Institute for Ecological Economics

“It’s great! Thanks so much.”

Daniel Blumstein, Chair, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Univ. of California, Los Angeles

“A wonderfully written book rich with information and probing perspectives!”

Daniel Fernandez, Faculty, Science and Environmental Policy, California State University – Monterey Bay

“I found the material excellent.”

Daniel Leavell, Associate Professor of Geology, The Ohio State University

“Very helpful and informative.”

Jeffrey Broadbent, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota

“Excellent, comprehensive, well laid-out — a great selection of contributors.”

Mike Snyder, Founder and Filmmaker at Interdependent Pictures and Adjunct Professor at Allegany College of Maryland


CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Doug Tompkins, Wes Jackson, Wendell Berry, Sandra Lubarsky, Lester Brown, James Hansen, Richard Heinberg, Charles Hall, David Fridley, David Ehrenfeld, James Woolsey, John Michael Greer, David Murphy, David Hughes, Richard Bell, Jeff Goodell, Sandra Steingraber, Juan Pablo Orrego, Rachel Smolker, Brian Horesji, ETC Group, Erik Molvar, Amory Lovins, Robert King, Harvey Locke, Bill McKibben, Philip Cafaro, Sheila Bowers, Bill Powers, Lisi Krall.

Published by the Foundation for Deep Ecology in collaboration with Watershed Media and Post Carbon Institute. 336 pages, 11.75” x 13.4”, 152 color photographs, 5 line illustrations. ISBN 978-0970950086.