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Why Your World Is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller by Jeff Rubin
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Jun 22, 09

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Read in June, 2009

Although this is yet another peak-oil book, this one isn't all doom and gloom. (At least, not for those in developed countries.) Two things I particularly liked:

1. The explanation of how rising oil prices are going to affect globalization. (Pretty much reverse it).

2. The explanation of how, from a purely selfish economic point of view, a carbon tax or cap-and-trade system would be advantageous for developed countries.

Both of these explanations were very clear, and followed logically from his assumptions. And they are pretty much the opposite of what I'm hearing elsewhere.

The author admits himself that there are many unknowns (future technological advances, etc.), so it's hard to predict exactly what will happen. But this book provides a framework, and a lot to think about.
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06/15/2009 page 28
9.21% "Yes, another post-peak-oil book. Why do I keep picking these up?"
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