Want to read a really scary book?
No, it’s not a Stephen King, or a Dean Koontz or a Clive Baker.
It’s a Richard Heinberg.
Who the heck is Richard Heinberg?
He’s the author of “The Party’s Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies.” And his latest book, “Peak Everything: Waking Up to the Century of Declines,” is the scariest story I’ve ever read.
It’s about the future. Not a future obliterated by an atomic nightmare. It’s a future with NO OIL. And everything that goes along with that, like NO FOOD, unless you grow it yourself, and NO HEAT and no just about everything else, since so much of what we use in everyday life is petroleum-based.
Whether you agree with Heinberg’s predictions or not, his book is well worth reading and discussing — with family, friends, co-workers, anyone who will listen.
His most intriguing chapter is “A Letter From the Future,” in which a 100-year-old survivor in the year 2107 sends a letter back to us in the year 2007 to tell us what we have wrought. The only glitch is I can’t figure out how this person managed to make it to 100 if life on earth becomes as bad as he says it does.
Heinberg discusses why we are so reticent to accept the concepts of peak oil and global change and what we need to do to end our dependence on fossil fuels.
Another book that makes a good companion to Heinberg’s is “The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century” by James Howard Kunstler.