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Energy Policy | Social and Cultural Anthropology


Despite optimistic headlines, industrial humanity finds itself in a predicament of converging and increasingly intractable problems such as climate change, financial collapse, biodiversity loss, crashing fish stocks, poverty, and famine. The ability to manage this problem is hindered by increasingly unaffordable supplies of oil, the very lifeblood of our way of life. Easily extracted reserves of oil are being depleted, exports are drying up from the few remaining countries that continue to export, and net energy is declining. This presentation addresses how expectations that were developed during a period of energy abundance from 1920 to 2005 might fare when confronted with the general economic contraction and social disruption already unfolding during a period of energy scarcity.


This presentation was given as part of the Linfield College Faculty Lecture Series, held at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon.



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