There are surprisingly few books about the oil crisis
(though growing in recent years), considering how many there are about
climate change, and they tend to be expensive. Most of your information,
like mine, will probably come from websites.
of the best sources of books about peak oil, transition, permaculture
and other related subjects is Green Books (www.greenbooks.co.uk).
As the introduction to their website says:
Books is an independent publishing company, whose aim is to inform
and inspire the general reader about environmental, spiritual and
cultural issues of our time. We publish around fifteen new titles
each year on subjects which include green living, organic gardening,
ecological building, eco-politics and green science; We also publish
directories, such as The
Organic Directory, Organic Places to Stay and Eco-Centres
"Future Scenarios" by David Holmgren (Green
David Holmgren, the co-originator of permaculture, looks ahead to four possible
scenarios on how the twin threats of peak oil and climate change may plan out.
| Book: www.greenbooks.co.uk
"The Party's Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies"
by Richard Heinberg. (Published by Clairview 2003.)
The Peaker's Bible. Sections on energy, fossil fuels in history, peak
production, alternative energy sources, the consequences of peak oil and
personal strategies. Everybody interested in depletion (and we all will
be one day) should have one.
"Hubberts Peak: the Impending World Oil Shortage"
by Kenneth S. Deffeyes (Princeton University Press 2003)
Now available in paperback and therefore more affordable. The chapters
on oil formation, finding and and extracting can get rather
technical but it is is filled with personal anecdotes and is valuable
reading. The Overview alone is worth it.
"The Final Energy Crisis" edited by Andrew
McKillop (Pluto Press 2005)
An excellent collection of articles by people such as the editor and Colin
Campbell. They go into detail about peak oil, agriculture, economics and
the 'after oil' periods.
"The Coming Oil Crisis" by Colin Campbell
"The Essence of Oil and Gas Depletion" by
"The Long Emergency" by James Howard Kunstler
"Blood and Oil" by Michael Klare
"Peak Oil Prep" by Mick Winter (www.peakoilprep.com)
A book filled with suggestions on how to cope with the effects of peak
oil and climate change with many links to suitable websites.
"Oil, Jihad and Destiny" by Ronald R Cooke
A detailed look at peak oil and the ramifications, written by an experienced
cultural economist with a background in industry and market analysis.
"Energy: a Guidebook" by Janet Ramage (Oxford
University Press 1997).
An extremely useful introduction to what energy is and the different sources.
It is slightly dated (1997 was the latest edition) and the author seems
unaware of the peak oil problem, but it is a very handy reference.
Works of Fiction about Peak Oil
"Last Light" by Alex Scarrow (Orion 2007)
An exciting action story about how society could fall apart within a week if oil
is cut off.
"Retrieved from the Future" by John Seymour (New European
John Seymour (of self-sufficiency fame) imagines the collapse of society
as oil disappears.
If you find that a link does not work, try searching for relevant names,
or look for links on other live sites.
The ASPO organisation website.
The source of statistics for the 'industry view'. Not the most accurate
but easily accessible and free.
A detailed view of the problems that face Great Britain in this century
(primarily peak oil) and what we would need to do to survive them.
Planet for Life
Another excellent guide to peak oil (USA-based) for those wanting
more detail beyond the basics.
Excellent collection of downloadable files from contributors such
as Colin Campbell, Jay Hanson, Walter Youngquist, etc.
PowerSwitch is a good UK-based website about peak oil and its forum is
probably the best way to communicate with other like-minded people. Includes
information on local groups.
One of the best sites for keeping track of oil prices, updated daily and
showing several different measures.
Centre for Alternative
This centre in North Wales holds examples of sustainable living, including
building methods and materials, food production, and alternative power
sources. It is well worth visiting in person.
Ted Trainer has written about what he calls "The Simpler Way",
restructuring towns and cities into sustainable, self-sufficient villages
or suburbs. There is much to learn in his writings.
The RISE website
has five downloadable broadcasts about the end of the oil age: (1) excerpts
from Michael Ruppert's lecture "The Truth and Lies of 9-11";
(2) an interview with Colin Campbell about peak oil; (3) interviews with
Jeremy Rifkin and Dale Allen Pfeiffer on alternative energy; (4) a discussion
on technological and cultural changes that will come as oil production
declines; (5) interviews about the current day use of alternative energy
Well worth downloading and listening with the lights off!
Here are various files which can be viewed and/or downloaded to your
own computer. Some are external links (EXT), some to files stored on my
site (INT). Most of them are Acrobat PDFs. If you cannot read them, you
will have to go to the Adobe
website to download the free copy of Acrobat Reader. To download the
file, control-click (Macintosh) or right-click (PC) on the link and choose
the appropriate command.
End of Cheap Oil
Authors: Colin Campbell and Jean Laherrère.
The article in the March 1998 issue of Scientific American that
started it all. A fine introduction. The file is also available
as an external
Ref. Datasheet 2004 figures
INT. 25 kb. PDF
Author: Paul Thompson. A printable sheet containing the figures
for discovery, consumption and production for various regions, in
different units daily and annually. Useful when you need to quickly
INT. 72 kb. PDF Author:
Bruce Thomson. A summary of the peak oil problem with links.
Twilight of the Modern World
INT. 632k. PDF.
Author: Paul Thompson. A more detailed explanation of my "What
to Do" page, about how I believe modern society will break
down and how to handle it.
INT. 49k Word document. Author:
Ronald Greek. A document on how to cope with the aftermath on a
personal, survival level.
Future Production from Past Discovery
INT. 501 kb. PDF Author:
Jean Laherrère. This is rather technical but, as the title
suggest, illustrates how we can know that oil production is about
EXT. Webpage. Author:
Walter Youngquist. An examination of the importance of oil exports
for certain countries, and the world's dependence on oil and gas
Power: Some Facts
||INT. 128 kb. PDF Author: Jan Villem
Storm van Leeuwen. An explanation of the rarely mentioned problems
with nuclear power - carbon emissions, uranium shortages, energy debt
||INT. 140 kb. PDF Author: E R Pat Murphy.
An article on how hydrogen may not be the panacea many people expect.
There are three types of iPod-compatible media: audio, video and notes
(text notes which can be read on iPods with screens). I hope to add various
samples of media as I go along.
Reference Datasheet 2004
NOTE 2kb. The Note
version of the PDF shown in downloads. A handy reference to the
basic figures of discovery, production and consumption.
|Guide to Oil
|ZIP file 9kb containing Notes.
Seven Notes extracted from the Jargon page. Click here
to see how to install.