Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growth

ENERGY explores the impacts of, and the ideas behind, the global energy economy, which is toxic to nature and people. From oil spills, nuclear accidents, and mountaintop-removal coal mining to oversized wind farms and desert-destroying solar power plants, virtually every region is now experiencing out-of-control energy development. Essentially no place is safe from the relentless search for energy resources to continue powering an economy based on perpetual growth. Human health and the health of nature are threatened. In a large-format, photo driven narrative (including 200 color photos), ENERGY features the writings of more than thirty leading thinkers on energy, society, and ecology. Collectively, they lift the veil on the harsh realities of our pursuit of energy at any price, revealing the true costs, benefits, and limitations of all our energy options. Ultimately, the book offers not only a deep critique of the current system but a hopeful vision for a future energy economy—in which resilience, health, beauty, biodiversity, and durability, not incessant growth, are the organizing principles.

The Foundation for Deep Ecology developed ENERGY in collaboration with the staff and various fellows of Post Carbon Institute (PCI). The book will be used as the educational centerpiece of PCI's Energy Reality Campaign, launching in spring 2013. ENERGY was published in partnership with Watershed Media and Post Carbon Institute.

Edited by Tom Butler and George Wuerthner; foreword by Douglas Tompkins; introduction by Richard Heinberg

Contributors: Douglas Tompkins, Wes Jackson, Wendell Berry, Sandra Lubarsky, Lester Brown, James Hansen, Richard Heinberg, Charles Hall, David Fridley, David Ehrenfeld, James Woolsey, John Michael Greer, David Murphy, David Hughes, Richard Bell, Jeff Goodell, Sandra Steingraber, Juan Pablo Orrego, Rachel Smolker, Brian Horesji, ETC Group, Erik Molvar, Amory Lovins, Robert King, Harvey Locke, Bill McKibben, Philip Cafaro, Sheila Bowers, Bill Powers, Lisi Krall