Peak Oil, ready or never

August 2, 2008 at 12:56 pm | Posted in Economoney, Psychology, Transportation, Writing | Leave a comment

An excellent article on Peak Oil and the psychology of our non-adaption to the impending changes in our infrastructure. Reminds me of the discussion in the film Local Hero where they listed all the things oil is used to make. Plastics, ink, fuel, film, bags, paint, lubricants, rubber, foam, syringes, etc. etc. Its used in the manufacture of aluminum and steel. Many systems depend on it in less oblivious ways. As it becomes more expensive, we can expect the price of many things to climb. Recall that energy is the ability to do work. Without cheap energy, what happens to the economy?

This is not about being a scare monger. It’s about seeing what is and adapting our lives so we are not so dependent on what may soon be an expensive commodity. And it’s already a messy, polluting one. Go Green becomes about making choices that will allow us and our children a long term comfortable life. Wherever you are on the political spectrum, do you really want to drive the economy over a cliff simply by doing the same things you’ve always done? It’s not sustainable. We do need to see that times are changing and we need to adapt.

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
— Albert Einstein

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