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Confronting Collapse: The Crisis of Energy and Money in a Post Peak Oil World

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The book that inspired the movie COLLAPSE.The world is running short of energy-especially cheap, easy-to-find oil. Shortages, along with resulting price increases, threaten industrialized civilization, the global economy, and our entire way of life.In Confronting Collapse, author Michael C. Ruppert, a former LAPD narcotics officer turned investigative journalist, details t ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published December 15th 2009 by Chelsea Green Publishing (first published 2009)
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Aaron
Please read this book. I can't stop thinking about how Michael C. Ruppert, the LAPD investigator-turned-investigative journalist, ends "Confronting Collapse": "Oil can only be used once. What were we thinking?"
Excellent question. And what are we thinking now? If our national life is any indication - with its junked cities, sprawling suburban appendages, asinine Pac-Man-like consumption habits and enthrallment with celebrity culture - we certainly haven't been thinking about Ruppert's central - a
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Ernie Dawson
This is perhaps the most important book I've ever read outside the standard works. Virtually no one (including myself before reading the book) knows what the subtitle of this book means. It basically means we are "past" the peak of oil production and sooner or later "petroleum man" is going to die. As a planet we are not going to be able to continue on as we have in the past. The sub subtitle of the book is "A 25-point program for action. Those who believe that our economy is going to "recover" ...more
Amy
This is sobering stuff. It's no coincidence I read "Parisian Chic" in tandem with it; sometimes you need a break from the realities of our oil-dependent society and its imminent collapse. So, when the end comes, everyone can come over to our place for an effortlessly elegant dinner party and a discussion of the best places to buy cashmere in Paris.

Seriously, I could call Michael Ruppert a visionary, but he is only stating facts about our oil consumption (unsustainable), food production (unsustai
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John
Dec 16, 2010 John rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010
This is an interesting, and compelling case that we've reached the point where oil production will inevitably decline, having reached peak production several years ago. The ramifications of this argument are frightening. It stands to reason that there is a finite quantity of oil on planet earth, and Ruppert warns his readers to prepare for a bleak future.

Oil will become increasingly expensive and in short supply--such that the lifestyle we Americans have grown accustomed to will become a relic.
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Justin
I first learned of Mike Ruppert through a chilling trailer for his then upcoming movie, Collapse. Ruppert has a long history as an investigative journalist that began when he broke away from the mainstream after his excellence in the LA police led him to be actively recruited by the CIA for running cocaine through South-Central LA. Ruppert realized this wasn’t the world he’d pledged to serve and tried to break the story only to find that the systems he was working to support were quite different ...more
Themistocles
To be sure, Ruppert doesn't know how to write very well, or how to suppress his impulses and give a book that is fully documented and explained.

And yet... this is a gripping book, full of shocking ideas and facts. He sometimes fails to explain them thoroughly, and some of what he says are not conclusively proved, but in their core and essence these are powerful notions that I find myself mulling over months after I've read it. It has -dare I say it?- changed the way I see the world, and has give
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Ben Belchak
I stopped reading this book about halfway through. While the information contained within is very interesting and compelling, the author is arrogant and insulting to his readers. While I am interested in finding out more about peak oil and the economic and societal implications, I can't stand to read another page of Ruppert's egotism and seeming hatred for his readers and/or anyone who doesn't agree 100% with his views.
James
This book is a mixed bag,
Much of what he says is true, I already knew about it, and others said it better.

Peak oil, soil erosion, the real cost of ethanol, hydrogen and other alt energy sources.

the general tone of the book is sarcastic rant,
which I could live without.

Also he says the occasional stupid thing,
Like who owns the FED?
Why a collection of jews and the Bush family, of course!



Dave
Before the ancient aliens narrative and New Age pseudo-science infected his brain, Mike Ruppert was a pretty smart guy. So this book is a pretty decent summary of peak oil. There are some problems with it though. 1) He's too confident that energy depletion will cause the crash before the status quo causes runaway climate change. Even he came to see this as a dangerous opinion before he died and admitted that the solutions in this book aren't good enough. 2) He tries too hard to make prophetic pr ...more
No Remorse
Another book you need to sift through the BS with, and look up and research statistics on your own because a ton of important things are not sourced. I also think the author has tunnel vision since this is most of his life's work and is mainly on the subject of peak oil. He also seems to have to much hope in people and the government, which isn't a bad thing because I guess someone should, but I'm not one of them. Those being the negatives, the positive is that I learned a lot of things from the ...more
Bakari
One of the best reasons for moving toward a resource-based economy is that it will enable the entire world to maximize and better use vital energy resources, which have been largely been misused irresponsibly worldwide by greedy corporations and lack of real planning.

If you‘re seeking downright clarity and insight on the peak oil crisis that so many politicians and the corporate media keep trying to deny or mislead us about, do yourself a favor and read Michael C. Ruppert’s Confronting Collapse:
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Liz
Apr 14, 2012 Liz rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who want to control their future
Shelves: nonfiction
I can't give this anything but 5 stars. He talks about a world that is dealing with the increasing costs of fossil fuels to power our technology. To "get" this book, you have to accept the premise that fossil fuels are a limited resource as are all resources. Then you have to accept the fact that new methods of extracting energy such as tar sands or shale or drilling in the Arctic (signs that we have already passed peak oil production) are not cost effective because they are more energy consumin ...more
Nadir
While I'm only rating this *book* three stars, the -issues- it raises are EASILY five-star (or higher) in importance. Everyone should familiarize themselves with the Collapse documentary and the concepts of Peak Oil/Peak Energy and how they interface with our monetary system.

In an interview on the "Collapse" DVD Ruppert says there is more "hope" or more in the way of solutions offered in this book (i.e. as compared to the film which leaves you feeling somewhat hopeless). I found the book interes
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Fatcatwatch
Great book written in an alarmist, passionate and personal style appropriate for the fact that the "Free Energy" we get from crude oil is unprecedented, irreplaceable and on the way out. A handful of quotes from the book follow....

The human race has failed to plan and prepare for this crisis [Peak Oil] in time to make a stable transition to some other regime

Once cannot put technology into a car’s gas tank or into the tanks of an airliner or a ship. One must put petroleum into these tanks. Techno
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Daniel Lowen
This poor guy -- he actually has a number of good ideas, but he's so Frustrated and Exasperated and Angry and Snarky and RIGHT that he sounds like a conspiracy theorist.

One major idea is worthy of serious discussion -- that because we're at Peak Oil, the US and the global economy keep on going nowhere because we can't pump oil out of the ground fast enough to literally fuel a recovery. This state of affairs will continue until the oil extraction rate actually starts to drop, at which point we'll
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Paul Boyle
The future is dark.
Ever thought of oil actually running out,I mean seriously? Well M.C.R has and in this book he paints a dark,bleak future with economies crshing,serious drops in populations and general mayhem. Don´t worry though he gives us his 25 point plan for your survival.
Interesting look at economies,food,gereral life and our utter need for the black stuff. We all know we need it but this guy breaks down everything connected to it,and I mean everything.
Loved it!
David
Not as comprehensive as Crossing the Rubicon, Ruppert's real magnum opus, however it is a good bitesize chunk illustrating the problems the US (and the wider Western world) face in a time of unprecedented crisis not seen, in the slightest sense, since The Great Depression. It also includes some recommendations for any political elite who want to take note, although, as Ruppert shows quite clearly, the "perfect storm" of crises is playing right into their hands.
Jorge
Content of the book aside for a moment, I find this Ruppert guy completely fascinating. He could easily come off as a conspiracy theorist, or as a doomsday prognosticator, but he seems to narrowly escape painting himself as such. Fascinating character. who knows he may be right, so buy a gun, be friendly to your neighbors, get some alternate energy sources, and don't forget to pee all over your backward; good for the crops you will need to grow.
John
No more oil? A scary inevitability according to Author Ruppert. I gave him five stars for his timely research. Will it all come down by 2040—my 95th birthday! If you are younger his book should be a lesson in finding the sign posts along the journey of life. Does this road come to a dead end? Read on....
Melanie
Wanted to read this after seeing the documentary (which I highly recommend). Scary stuff.
Brian
Interesting and insightful, especially regarding oil.
Jay McCann
Great ideas. Terrible writing.
SD Mittelsteadt
Scary. Just very scary.
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