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Date: 2008
Page count: 220 pages
Format: B/5
ISBN: 978-963-9664-87-6
Category: from English

Original price: 3200 Ft

Half Gone
Oil, Gas, Hot Air and the Global Energy Crisis

Synopsis
An expose of the oil industry's cover-up of the diminishing oil supply, that paints a bleak picture of the future in which the price of oil skyrockets, economies and communities shudder worldwide, and the globe must move to renewable source to give it power.

From the Publisher
'I hope this book will not be an obituary for the human species. But the denial and double-think it exposes suggest that, unless we change pretty smartly, we can expect to be overtaken by the catastrophes Leggett documents. His book demands to be read.' - George Monbiot

Book Description
'I hope this book will not be an obituary for the human species. But the denial and double-think it exposes suggest that, unless we change pretty smartly, we can expect to be overtaken by the catastrophes Leggett documents. His book demands to be read.' George Monbiot

The single global marketplace we all inhabit is built on the notion of a solid, unending supply of cheap oil and gas for decades to come. But that bedrock is about to crack and crumble. And the oil companies know it. As geologists, civil servants and industry insiders in this hard-hitting book tell us, the day the oil wells start to run dry is a lot closer than we think.

Jeremy Leggett, a geologist who spent the 1980s in the service of Big Oil before jumping ship in the 1990s to become Chief Scientist at Greenpeace UK and then launching his own renewable energy initiatives, understands the scale of the impending crisis and the need for us to act now. With watertight knowledge and sobering clarity, Leggett explains how we became addicted to oil and how this habit is dragging us into an increasingly dangerous dependence upon the Middle East and toward economic and environmental catastrophe. And yet, his outlook is paradoxically positive, for all the technology we need to get off this road to disaster is already at hand. In ringingly clear terms, Half Gone previews for the reader the dark place toward which the world is headed, but has the decency to signpost a safe exit.

REVIEWS:

The Independent

His arguments are so powerfully and passionately drawn that his statements begin to seem obvious. Leggett is not a Cassandra, but a scientist with decades of experience and an agenda for a future that, one hopes, will begin a debate about how to end the global energy crisis which is almost upon us. This book is a compelling must-read for politicians, pundits and punters alike.

The Geographical Magazine
'Hopefully will inspire people to rely less on oil and to start thinking green before it really is too late.'

The Sunday Times
A fast-moving, easily readable polemic whose unashamed populism does not obscure the weight of its argument.

Colin Tudge, The Guardian
...a valuable contribution to the library of what is essentially subversive literature… Jeremy Leggett is a fine writer.

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