From politics to prophecy: environmental quiescence and the ‘peak-oil’ movement

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2013-09-30
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Adherents of the ‘peak-oil’ theory believe that resource depletion will cause an imminent social collapse that will lead to a simpler and more environmentally balanced world. Although American ‘peakists’ are extremely concerned with environmental issues, their awareness of the scale of ecological crises (such as climate change), gloomy evaluation of the state of American environmental politics, and vision of a post-apocalyptic future lead them to retreat from politics. Their beliefs, inaction, and impact on American environmental politics are explored.

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Schneider-Mayerson, Matthew. "From politics to prophecy: environmental quiescence and the ‘peak-oil’ movement." Environmental Politics, 22, no. 5 (9/30) 866-882. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09644016.2013.818303.

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