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ISBN: 9781603582643
Year Added to Catalog: 2009
Book Format: Paperback
Dimensions: 5 3/8 x 8 3/8
Number of Pages: 256
Book Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Old ISBN: 1603582640
Release Date: December 21, 2009
Web Product ID: 520

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Confronting Collapse

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

by Michael C. Ruppert

Associated Articles

'Emergency Action Alert': Michael Ruppert: 'Brace for Fallout' - March 13th, 2011

Not waiting for, or depending on government or mainstream media, American Human Rights defenders across the nation have been in intensive communications to determine how to best help prepare residents throughout the Pacific coast region and other United States regions for today's emergency situation due to potentially lethal fallout from Japan's nuclear reactor meltdown.

The Japanese daily newspaper, "Niikei" reported that Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said a meltdown of the reactor core was the cause of the explosion at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant according to Statfor Global Intelligence. This news is cause for action alerts according to humanitarians nationally and internationally.

Sunday evening, from 9:00 to 10:00 PM Eastern, humanitarian Michael Ruppert is devoting his entire radio show, "The Lifeboat Hour," to the Japanese disaster's impact on modern industrial civilization. 

"Today, lacking any meaningful Civil Defense program, millions of American families continue to be at risk and could perish needlessly for lack of essential knowledge that used to be taught at the grade school level," reports CEO of, Shane Connor who is monitoring the radiation fallout from....

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The Epoch Times

October 2010

With the advent of the new millennium, prophecies abound foretelling the end of days, and we as a society seem to have a morbid fascination with scenarios of impending doom.

Apocalyptic movies have never really gone out of favour, with recent blockbusters enjoying box office success, from 2012 and The Day After Tomorrow to the more realistically portrayed and critically acclaimed The Road starring Viggo Mortensen. Most of them are based—although somewhat loosely—on real potential apocalyptic scenarios.

While most of us are happy to just sit back and enjoy the story, there are other people out there battling to try to avert what they see as real coming calamities.

One such man is Michael Ruppert, subject of the new documentary Collapse that was released in the UK by Dogwoof distribution on Friday, Oct. 1. Described as an intellectual horror film, this documentary is essentially a single interview with Ruppert elucidating on what he sees as the coming collapse of society due to its dependence on oil.

Skillfully filmed and edited by award-winning director Chris Smith, Collapse is a riveting watch that is hard to ignore no matter what prejudices you may have. Its confidence invites scrutiny to the issue and will no doubt court controversy wherever it appears.

Criticised by the political right as a scare-mongering, contemporary doomsday prophet and vilified as a conspiracy theorist, Michael Ruppert is an ex-CIA operative and LAPD officer who blew the whistle on government-controlled drug trafficking in the late-70s. Disillusioned with the response to his findings, he abandoned his career in law enforcement and since then his sole concern has been the issue of “peak oil” and the impending collapse of society because of it.

The peak oil theory

The theory goes something like this: “peak oil” is the point in time when the maximum rate of oil extraction is reached, after which the rate of production enters terminal decline. Thereafter the gap between supply and demand becomes so great that the cost of producing oil becomes prohibitively expensive, leading to increased prices in everything from a barrel of oil to a loaf of bread. As a result, society will begin to crumble due to the lack of alternative energy and ability to utilise other resources.

Geoscientist Michael King Hubbert created the first peak oil models in 1956 predicting the USA’s oil production would peak sometime prior to 1970. According to the Hubbert model, the production rate of a limited resource will follow a roughly symmetrical logistic distribution curve (sometimes incorrectly compared to a bell-shaped curve) based on the limits of exploitability and market pressures. At first his prediction received much criticism, for the most part because many other predictions of oil capacity had been made over the preceding half-century, but these had been based purely on reserve and production data rather than past discovery trends, and had proven false. Hubbert became famous when this prediction proved correct in 1970.

In 1974, Hubbert projected that global oil production would peak in 1995 “if current trends continue.” Various subsequent predictions have been made by others as trends have fluctuated in the intervening years.

The Crash Course by former vice president of Pfizer Chris Martenson goes beyond “peak oil” and looks at society as a whole and surmises that we are indeed headed for collapse but for more reasons than peak oil alone. Based on neo-malthusian concepts, the course, which can be viewed online, investigates the ways in which the economy, the environment, and energy are inter-linked and the damning implications for the future.

Michael Ruppert is one of the most recent to update the peak oil theory to the present time with alarming predictions, many of which already appear to have come true.

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The Triple Crises of Civilization

Population Media Center

George Plumb
August 1, 2010

The evidence is overwhelming. We are facing triple crises. Global warming is already happening. We are at or close to being at peak oil (and some say as a result, peak money) production. We have exceeded our carrying capacity and are still adding three million people to the U.S. population and eighty million to the earth each year. Between the two of us we have read almost all of the books below and are deeply impressed that so many prominent environmentalists, scientists, spiritual leaders, and educators have written so many books about crisis and collapse in just the last few years.

We urge all who care about the future to read at least one book from each of the categories. In this time of greenwashing by corporations and politicians there is nothing more important that we can do than to be well informed about these issues. If you only have time or motivation to read only a couple of books, then James Hansen’s book, The Storms of my Grandchildren, and Michael Rupert’s Confronting Collapse are must reads. While there are many more books that have been written in each category, we have listed what we think are the best four in terms of information and ideas on how to deal with the crises. While the reading may at times be discouraging it will also likely motivate people to action as it has us.

All political, environmental, religious, and social justice leaders and followers need to come together to acknowledge each of these problems and either begin new movements, strengthen existing movements, or a combination of the two, to begin to fulfill our responsibility to the earth and future generations.

Peak OIL
The Long Emergency: Surviving the Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century, James Howard Kunstler, Atlantic Monthly Press, 20051
Peak Everything: Waking Up to the Century of Declines, Richard Heinberg, New Society Publishers, 20071
Confronting Collapse: The Crisis of Energy and Money in a Post-Peak Oil World, Michael Rupert, Chelsea Green Press, 20092
Transition Handbook, Rob Hopkins, Chelsea Green Press, 2009

Climate Change
Storms of my Grandchildren, James Hansen, Bloombury USA, 20091
Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis, Al Gore, Rodale Press, 20091
Eaarth, Bill McKibben, Times Books, 20101
Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization, Lester Brown, W.W. Norton Co., 20091

Population Size and Growth
A Pivotal Moment: Population, Justice and the Environmental Challenge, Laurie Mazur, Island Press, 20101
Growing Pains: A Planet in Distress, Valorie M. Allen, IUniverse Press, 20101
The Population: Fix-Breaking America’s Addiction to Population Growth, Edward Hartman, out of print but available through used sources at, 20061
More: Population, Nature and What Women Want, Robert Engelman, Island Press, 20081

Combined Crisis
The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability, Gus Speth, Yale University Press, 20081
Threshold: The Crisis of Western Civilization, Thom Hartmann, Viking Press, 20091
endgame-the problem of civilization, derrick jensen, Seven Stories Press, 20061
The Vanishing Face of Gaia: The Final Warning: Enjoy it while you can, James Lovelock, Allen Lane, 20091

Religious Point of View
A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency, John Stanley, David R. Lay, and Gyurme Dorje, Wisdom Press, 2008
Love God, Heal Earth: The Ecological Crisis through the Lens of Faith, Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham (founder of Interfaith Power and Light), SkyLight Paths Publishing, 2009
Claiming Earth as Common Ground, Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener, St. Lynn’s Press, 2009
A Climate Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions, Katherine Hayhoe and Andrew Farley, Hachette Book Group, 2009

(1) Books that stress population size and growth as a factor that must be dealt with.
(2) Rupert says that the population is going to crash because of peak oil.

Rev. David Murphy is a retired Methodist minister and now lives his life as sustainably as possible. He and his wife Judy operate Splendid Oak Farm in Montpelier, Vt., and they are in the process of installing a solar system that will generate most of their electricity. He and Judy are also the co-chairs of the Central Vermont Post Carbon Sustainability Network.

George Plumb is Executive Director of Vermonters for Sustainable Population and Chair of the New England Coalition for Sustainable Population. He is a long time environmental activist and has organized a couple of Central Vermont actions. He is an active Unitarian Universalist and practices Buddhism. [email protected]

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Book Review Wednesday: Way Beyond Fossil Fuels

Sierra Club: The Green Life

Allison McCann
July 21, 2010

Every Wednesday, we review a selection of new and upcoming books addressing a specific aspect of environmentalism. Today we're recommending books about moving beyond our fossil-fuel dependence.
The Powers That Be: Global Energy for the Twenty-First Century and Beyond (by Scott L. Montgomery, $25, University of Chicago Press, July 2010): Though often densely factual, Montgomery’s thorough depiction of our global energy crisis and the ways by which we can correct it – solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal power, to name a few – is a must-read for anyone unsure or uniformed about the severity of our fossil-fuel dependence. Realistic yet soundly optimistic, this book leaves readers with a well-rounded knowledge of how the intersection of technology, government policy, and personal behavior impact our energy future.

Energy for the 21st Century: A Comprehensive Guide to Conventional and Alternative Sources, 2nd Edition (by Roy L. Nersesian, $93, M.E. Sharpe, 2010): The updated edition of this systematic overview of conventional and alternative energy sources presents the latest information about biofuels and an expanded section about sustainability. With his balanced perspective on the history and future of global energy, Nersesian illuminates the dilemmas facing the energy industry and examines the role each energy source will play in overcoming these issues.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Renewable Energy for Your Home (by Harvey Bryan and Brita Belli, $14, Alpha Books, July 2009): For those of us that aren't renewable-energy experts, this book provides a clear, comprehensive overview of five natural energy sources that can be implemented in your home. Even better, it offers suggestions for simple home improvements – such as when to replace lights or how to funnel cool breezes – that can save you plenty on your energy bill and don’t require costly upgrades.

Confronting Collapse: The Crisis of Energy and Money in a Post Peak Oil World (by Michael C. Ruppert, $10, Chelsea Green Publishing, Dec. 2009): In this abrupt eye-opener, the author, a former LAPD narcotics officer turned investigative journalist, details the intricate interdependence of money and oil. By analyzing shortages and price spikes, he argues that we must end our worldwide addiction or suffer economic collapse. Laid out much like a program statement for government policymakers, the book concludes with a straightforward yet slightly controversial 25-point plan of action to break free from oil.

Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit: 10 Clean Technologies to Save Our World (by Tom Rand, $23, Eco Ten Publishing, June 2010): An engaging, thoughtful analysis of ten leading clean-energy technologies complete with vibrant photos, this book should appeal to a wide range of readers. Rand explores the potential and pitfalls of each technology, concluding with an optimistic picture of a fossil-fuel-free world in 2050.

Sustainability Heroes: Michael C. Ruppert, The Whistle Blower

July 6, 2010

It has all the makings of something you’d only find in the movies: a young LAPD officer uncovering a drug trafficking operation by the CIA, resigning soon after he went on record about what he knew in the wake of intimidation, death threats, and even shooting attempts. But for Michael C. Ruppert, this was his life — and truth was stranger than fiction.

That was only the first of many whistle-blowing events for the activist, who went on to found From the Wilderness, a newsletter that covered such political issues as peak oil (the time when the world’s oil production hits its peak), the dependence of the global economy and financial markets on laundered drug money, and 9/11.

Using his decades of experience as an investigative journalist, late last year he released Confronting Collapse: The Crisis of Energy and Money in a Post Peak Oil World, a must-read for those wondering what the state of oil today means for tomorrow. It was the inspiration for a 2009 documentary, called Collapse, in which Ruppert explains his ideas clearly and concisely, with plenty of frightening data to back up his assertions.

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