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The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight by Thom Hartmann
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Dec 15, 2007

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Right in the title, the author makes a most important point about the way our society is operating. The nature of our crisis is simple: to feed our economy and way of life, we are exhausting a stored reserve of ancient sunlight that took millennia to form. The consequence is both that this supply of easy energy will end and that we are dumping all that stored C02 into the atmosphere where it warms our climate. Hartmann explains all of this, as well as how he thinks our culture got to this perilous point, and offers his ideas on how we might be able to get ourselves out of this jam. Whether you think it will work depends on whether you are an optimist or a pessimist.

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