“We have reached a point of crisis with regard to energy… The essential problem is not just that we are tapping the wrong energy sources (though we are), or that we are wasteful and inefficient (though we are), but that we are overpowered, and we are overpowering nature.”
— from the Introduction, by Richard Heinberg
In a large-format, image-driven narrative with over 150 breathtaking color photographs, ENERGY explores the impacts of the global energy economy: from oil spills and mountaintop-removal coal mining to oversized wind farms and desert-destroying solar power plants.
Featuring essays by more than thirty of the world’s most provocative thinkers in the fields of energy, society, and ecology, ENERGY lifts the veil on the harsh realities of our pursuit of energy at any price, revealing the true costs, benefits, and limitations of all our energy options.
Contributors include Bill McKibben, Wendell Berry, Sandra Steingraber, Wes Jackson, Richard Heinberg, Sandra Lubarsky, Lester Brown, Amory Lovins, Rachel Smolker, James Hansen and James Woolsey. Collectively, they offer a wake-up call about the future of energy and what each of us can do to change course.
In the video below you can see a promotional slideshow of the book.
You can also read a very interesting interview of Richard Heinberg about ENERGY: Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growth conducted by Tara Lohan, author of Water Matters: Why We Need to Act Now to Save Our Most Critical Resource by clicking here. In the interview Richard Heinberg among others explains how this project came up, the term of energy literacy and also the relationship between economic growth and consumption of energy.