The Collapsing Bubble: Growth and Fossil Energy

the_collapsing_bubbleA courageous look at the world’s dwindling energy resources. Contending that the energy debate has been cast in the wrong terms, the author suggests that the problem would not be solved by asking: “What energy sources will be available to replace fossil fuels?” but by questioning: “What populations can be supported at a decent standard by the energy sources that will be available after the transition from fossil fuels?” Taking a brave stand, Grant suggests that with a bit of luck—we may be able to create a more harmonious balance with the rest of the biosphere, but at much lower population levels and less consumptive habits.

The Collapsing Bubble: Growth and Fossil Energy is a collection of three NPG Forum papers, The New American Century, The End of Fossil Fuels: Part I – How Long the Twilight, and The End of Fossil Fuels: Part II – Twilight or Dawn?.

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Lindsey Grant

Lindsey Grant is a retired Foreign Service Officer; he was a China specialist and served as Director of the Office of Asian Communist Affairs, National Security Council staff member, and Department of State policy Planning staff member. As Deputy Secretary of State for Environmental and Population Affairs, he was Department of State coordinator for the Global 2000 Report to the President, Chairman of the interagency committee on Int'l Environmental Committee and US member of the UN ECE Committee of Experts on the Environment. His books include: Too Many People, Juggernaut, The Horseman and the Bureaucrat, Elephants in Volkswagen, How Many Americans?

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