This essay isolates the relationships between energy deepening, economic elasticity, and social plasticity as the key matrix driving a petroeconomy otherwise imagined as free from material constraints, and claims that energy deepening establishes itself in spatial forms, or the physical setting, of a fully saturated fossil fuel society. By moving through exemplary instances of postindustrial landscape architecture and the philosophical tradition mobilized by its theorists, this essay shows that the political economy of postindustrial energy already implies an object-oriented ontology rather than a labor-oriented one, and as such amounts to political disaster.

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