09 Sep '12, 8pm

Our years of magical thinking: interview with James Kunstler

"Everybody's got a plan until they get punched in the mouth." -- Mike Tyson “That’s a pithy way of saying where our country, perhaps the developed world, is at right now,” notes author James Howard Kunstler. We’ve blown past the mileposts for global peak oil, says Kunstler in his new book, Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology and the Fate of the Nation , and we expect technology to save us. Whether our cheap-oil lifestyle falls quickly with a single knockout blow or crumbles slowly with a battery of jabs, Kunstler is certain of one thing: We’re about to be walloped. We've definitively entered the epoch Kunstler calls “the long emergency,” an extended era of economic contraction and social stress caused by shrinking resources. Yet we refuse to see this, largely because we're spellbound by the mighty systems we run with technological magic. Peak oil got you down? No ...

Full article: http://www.energybulletin.net/stories/2012-09-09/our-year...

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