Due to the unanticipated arrival of peak energy production, retrenchment and scarcity will be the themes of international discourse. This work probes the philosophical assumptions behind the world's planning lapse and how the sudden confrontation will affect our political and economic institutions.
Foreword by Matthew R. Simmons, Chairman; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Part I - Prologue - Paradigm Shift; 1. Warning - Revolution; 2. The Fossil Energy Age Ends: Facts and Inferences; 3. Renewables and Our Energy Future; Part II - Prologue - Reason Astray; 4. The High Bar of Modernity; 5. The Moral Failure of Modern Liberalism; 6. Why Islamic Hatred of the West; 7. Environment vs. Biology: Our Future in Question; 8. The Eugenics Revolution and Human Nature; 9. Liberalism vs. Conservatism: The Unwinding of a Debate; Part III - Prologue - Light in the Distance; 10. Population Overshoot; 11. Human Capital: Secularism and Democracy; 12. How Diverse a World?; Epilogue; Bibliography; Index.