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Heinberg's New Peak-Oil Myth
  In early 2001, Heinberg learned of exhaustible energy resources, and a month later published his revised myth of the "die off" in his news letter. Heinberg may have invented the terms "the die off" and "the cleansing" which are so popular on peak-oil websites today. Note that at the end, Heinberg concludes the die-off is a good thing.

From Heinberg's February 2001 newsletter:
Book Review of "Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change"
by William R. Catton, Jr.,

“This is quite simply one of the best and most important books I've ever read. …. our newly expanded carrying capacity is based upon the drawdown of finite, exhaustible resources. … Once the fossil fuels begin to run out, carrying capacity will vanish just as quickly as it appeared.” [Emphasis added.]

From Heinberg's March 2001 newsletter:
A Letter from the Future  [the updated myth]
“Greetings to you, people of the year 2001! … the energy crisis. It started with electricity blackouts. There were the nuclear reactors, … but they cost so much energy to build and decommission that the power they produced during their lifetimes barely paid for them in energy terms. The same with photovoltaic panels. …

Stores were empty. People were out of work. … Anybody who had human-powered hand tools and knew how to use them was wealthy indeed. And still is.  Industrial civilization sure produced a hell of a lot of junk ... It was the American Way of Life that was the problem! … Meanwhile, the Left was so habituated to fighting corporate meanies that it couldn't grasp the fact that the problems now facing society couldn't be solved by economic redistribution.

Many people call it "The Die-off." Others call it "The Pruning," "The Purification," or "The Cleansing." … Food and water have been big factors in all of this. … the indigenous people who were most persecuted by civilization are probably doing the best. … Many of the survivors learned … what's important in life … good soil, viable seeds, clean water, unpolluted air. They learned how to take charge of their own lives, rather than expecting to be taken care of by some government or corporation. There are no "jobs" now. … the old religions have largely fallen by the wayside, and folks have rediscovered spirituality in nature … The traumas of industrial civilization's collapse are in the past; that's history now. It's a new day. [Emphasis added.]

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