February 01, 2006

Peak Oil

I've always figured Bush & Co are doing nothing too serious about bin Laden and the real issues of terrorism because they know the threat is not as serious as they pretend.

But what about Global Warming? Maybe the same thing applies. Not that the problem is not serious, but maybe Bush & Co are also doing nothing in a hurry about that problem because they know the supply of fossil fuels is already expiring, so cuts in pollution levels will soon be forced on us all whether we like it or not.

If you are already familiar with Matt Savinar's peak oil website - lifeaftertheoilcrash.net - then bear with me. I have just been reading it after following a link in the post below and it is blowing my mind. It's not like I've never thought about this stuff, or read about it, before. But maybe I have never really confronted it like this:

Or this:
The issue is not one of "running out" so much as it is not having enough to keep our economy running. In this regard, the ramifications of Peak Oil for our civilization are similar to the ramifications of dehydration for the human body. The human body is 70 percent water. The body of a 200 pound man thus holds 140 pounds of water. Because water is so crucial to everything the human body does, the man doesn't need to lose all 140 pounds of water weight before collapsing due to dehydration. A loss of as little as 10-15 pounds of water may be enough to kill him.

In a similar sense, an oil-based economy such as ours doesn't need to deplete its entire reserve of oil before it begins to collapse. A shortfall between demand and supply as little as 10-15 percent is enough to wholly shatter an oil-dependent economy and reduce its citizenry to poverty.
See also: dieoff.org.

Now believe me, it's just a coincidence that I am reading through all this while Google headlines inform me that King Bush is about to inform his loyal subjects that the USA is "addicted to foreign oil". I don't really care what the bastard says. If there is a shred of truth in any of it, that is only Karl Rove's way of sucking you into another Fascist agenda. In this case, most likely, a Dick Cheney energy plan for new Halliburton-branded nuclear power plants across the USA. And presumably Bush Co is long on Ethanol, just like the Little John Howard Investment Co.

This is a serious issue and it deserves serious debate at the highest level. Just don't expect that from Bush.

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