James Howard Kunstler
- Category : 1948-births
- Type : GP
- Profile : 6/2 - Role Model / Hermit
- Definition : Split - Small (16,20)
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Limitation 2
American author, social critic, public speaker, and blogger, best known for his books The Geography of Nowhere (1994), a history of American suburbia and urban development, The Long Emergency (2005), and Too Much Magic (2012). In The Long Emergency he imagines peak oil and oil depletion resulting in the end of industrialized society, forcing Americans to live in smaller-scale, localized, agrarian (or semi-agrarian) communities. In World Made by Hand (2008) he branches into a science fiction depiction of this future world.
In his writings and lectures, he contends that there is no other alternative energy source on the horizon that can replace relatively cheap oil. He therefore envisions a "low energy" world that will be radically different from today's.