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Announcing: Confronting Collapse: The Crisis of Energy and Money in a Post Peak Oil World

November 23, 2009
White River Junction, VT

In conjunction with the release of the highly praised documentary film COLLAPSE, Chelsea Green announces the publication of the Michael C. Ruppert book that inspired the movie, previously released as a self-published book, A Presidential Energy Policy: Twenty-five Points Addressing the Siamese Twins of Energy and Money, and now retitled, updated, and released as:

The Crisis of Energy and Money in a Post Peak Oil World
A 25-Point Program for Action

• Available nationwide December 15, 2009 •

The world is running short of energy—especially cheap, easy-to-find oil. Shortages, along with resulting price increases, threaten industrialized civilization, the global economy, and our entire way of life.

In Confronting Collapse, author Michael C. Ruppert, a former LAPD narcotics officer turned investigative journalist, details the intricate connections between money and energy, including the ways in which oil shortages and price spikes triggered the economic crash that began in September 2008. Given the 96 percent correlation between economic growth and greenhouse gas emissions and the unlikelihood of economic growth without a spike in energy use, Ruppert argues that we are not, in fact, on the verge of economic recovery, but on the verge of complete collapse.

Ruppert’s truth is not merely inconvenient. It is utterly devastating.

But there is still hope. Ruppert outlines a 25-point plan of action, including the creation of a second strategic petroleum reserve for the use of state and local governments, the immediate implementation of a national Feed-in Tariff mandating that electric utilities pay 3 percent above market rates for all surplus electricity generated from renewable sources, a thorough assessment of soil conditions nationwide, and an emergency action plan for soil restoration and sustainable agriculture.

Mike Ruppert has been at the forefront of speaking and writing about the grim reality that the world’s crude oil output is peaking or has already peaked and will soon begin what could be swift declines over the next decade or two. The world needs to pay careful attention to the multiple risks this event will usher in. Thanks to Ruppert’s new book, readers around the world will have access to his well written work.
—Matthew R. Simmons, Chairman, Simmons & Company
Mike Ruppert has an unblemished track record for saying things that are incendiary, outrageous, shocking—and true. Our new president needs desperately to hear the uncomfortable message of this book about energy and the economy, and so do the rest of us.
—Richard Heinberg, PhD, author of The Party’s Over, Peak Everything, The Oil Depletion Protocol and senior fellow, Post Carbon Institute

Michael C. Ruppert is a former Los Angeles Police Department narcotics investigator turned investigative journalist. He is the author of Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil, and the founder of the online newsletter From the Wilderness. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

For 25 years, Chelsea Green has been the publishing leader for books on the politics and practice of sustainable living. We lead the industry both in terms of content—foundational books on renewable energy, green building, organic agriculture, eco-cuisine, and ethical business—and in terms of environmental practice, printing 95 percent of our books on recycled paper with a minimum 30 percent post-consumer waste and aiming for 100 percent whenever possible. This approach is a perfect example of what is called a ”triple bottom line“ practice, one that benefits people, planet, and profit, and the emerging new model for sustainable business in the 21st century.

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See movie screenings schedule here:

To arrange for an interview or request a review copy, please contact Christa Demment González [email protected] 802-295-6300, ext 106

The Crisis of Energy and Money in a Post Peak Oil World
A 25-Point Program for Action
by Michael C. Ruppert
Foreword by Colin Campbell, Ph. D.
Paperback, 256 pages, $15

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