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Searching for a Miracle: ‘Net Energy’ Limits & the Fate of Industrial Society

Searching for a Miracle: ‘Net Energy’ Limits & the Fate of Industrial Society

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This report is a non-technical examination of a basic question: Can any combination of known energy sources successfully supply society’s energy needs at least up to the year 2100?
By Richard Heinberg. A Joint Project of the International Forum on Globalization and Post Carbon Institute.
This report is a non-technical examination of a basic question: Can any combination of known energy sources successfully supply society’s energy needs at least up to the year 2100?
By Richard Heinberg. A Joint Project of the International Forum on Globalization and Post Carbon Institute.

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Published by: Post Carbon Institute on Feb 24, 2012
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SEARCHING FOR A MIRACLE
[ T H E C O N S E R V A T I O N I M P E R A T I V E ]
by
Richard Heinberg
F o r e w o r d b y
Jerry Mander
A Joint Project of the International ForumonGlobalization and the Post Carbon Institute.[ False Solution Series #4 ] September 2009
 
SEARCHING FORA MIRACLE
‘Net EnergyLimits & the Fate of Industrial Society
 
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CKNOWLEDGMENTS 
This document could not have been produced without the great help of several people.I particularly want tothank Prof.Charles Hall of Syracuse University,who has been a pioneer in developing the concept of “net energy,(Energy Returned on Energy Invested) that is at the heart of this report.We also drew directly fromhis published research in several aspects of the document.Jerry Mander and Jack Santa Barbara of the International Forum on Globalization helped conceive of this project several years ago and stayed involved throughout,reading several drafts,and offering detailed editing,shaping and writing suggestions.Dr.David Fridley,Staff Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,read a later draft and gave valuable tech-nical advice.Suzanne Doyle provided needed research and fact checking,and drafted the footnotes as well asseveral paragraphs.Alexis Halbert and Alina Xu of the IFG gathered many of the research materials on net energy,and engaged in some original research,and Victor Menotti of IFG offered important information onthe state of climate negotiations.A special appreciation also goes to Asher Miller,my very supportive colleague,and ED of Post Carbon Institute.My profound thanks to all.Finally,I must acknowledge the pioneers who first understood the many profound dimensions of the relationships between energy and society;without their  prior work this document could not even have been imagined:Frederick Soddy,Howard Odum,and M.King Hubbert.—Richard Heinberg 
Designer:Daniela SklanEditor:Jerry MandeEditorial contributions:Jack Santa Barbara,Anne Leonard,Victor Menotti,Alexis Halbert,Alina XuProofreader:Elizabeth GarsonninDiagrams,Tables,and other research:Suzanne Doyle  Additional assistance:Kate Damasco,Claire Greensfelder,April McGill Cover Photo:iStockPrinter:ChromaGraphics
UNDING 
UPPORT 
:We offer very special thanks to the Max and Anna Levinson Foundationand the Santa Barbara Family Foundation for their very generous financialsupport for IFG’s “False Solutions”publications project.

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