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A Peak Oil Novel We Can Relate To

By Dr. James V. Blowers "Jim Blowers" - December 7, 2010

I learned about peak oil in 1997 when I read an article in Futurist magazine. I started reading the literature, including non-fiction by Kenneth Deffeyes, Jim Kunstler, Richard Heinberg, and others. One would think that with cheap oil starting to run out someone would be out there doiong something. Instead, most analysts, economists, and politicians are saying we have plenty of oil for the next few decades. This annoyed me because I was seeing oil slack dwindling and oil prices rising during the Double-Zero decade. Apparently these authors were having no effect on public attitudes, although politicians and the media were going haywire over the issue of global warming.

People read a lot of novels, so maybe a novel is a better way of doing it. Jim Kunstler tried it first with "World Made by Hand". However, he described a post-apocalypse world in which Route NY 29 was a dirt road, electricity was on only 30 minutes each day, and so forth. People can't relate to this because... read more

A Very Intriguing Novel!

By Cathy Strickland - December 2, 2010

I just finished "Prelude" - a book which I was not prepared to like as well as I did. It is not the kind of book that I would normally read, but just having heard the author speak at a conference, I decided to read it. And I am so glad that I did. It is a spine-chilling, page-turner of a story with lots of intrigue, good guys and bad guys, a bit of sex, evil corporations - all the components necessary to make an intriguing current novel set in our nation's capital. I highly recommend reading this book -- not only a good story, but also a throrough education about the implications of peak oil.

Two levels of suspense in this book

By Peak Oil in Virginia "Richard" - January 18, 2011

Cassie Young, the central character of Kurt Cobb's novel, reached her job as an oil analyst for a big DC consulting firm with all the regular assumptions about how the world of energy works, and she's the rising star. (Don't worry - you don't spend any time watching people write high-priced reports on arcane topics. That would be a boring book!) She knows that there's lots of oil remaining to be produced, big companies know how to get it out of the ground efficiently, and consulting firms give their clients the benefit of their wisdom. As the book moves along, she discovers that all of the comfortable assumptions are wrong, but there's a good reason why she (and we) have been told these calming lies. As the book moves through a cat-and-mouse game with higher stakes than Cassie realized, another level of suspense begins to appear: what are the rest of us going to do with the information that Cassie's discovered? That's the story that is still evolving. Kurt Cobb has given a good... read more

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