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Human beings will be happier - not when they cure cancer or get to Mars or eliminate racial prejudice or flush Lake Erie but when they find ways to inhabit primitive communities again. That's my utopia.
~Kurt Vonnegut
Wednesday, December 15, 2004

The Trap We've Created

I finally made myself sit and watch the two DVD's I borrowed from Bob; The End of Suburbia and Richard Heinberg's keynote speech to the MREA. I already knew what I was going to see and hear. I was especially struck by Heinberg's analogy of humans and yeast. In the process of making wine, yeast destroy themselves. In the process of consumption, of oil in particular, are humans doing the same?

For some unwritten reason no politician can speak about Peak Oil. Heinberg suggested that if we were aware of the problem just possibly we would have enough sense to voluntarily take action before we are trapped. The choice of the government to keep this information from the public doesn't allow for the massive undertaking we need to take to regroup. It will be too late and we will be involved in perpetual war until there is no turning back.

I think that possibly 50% of the Bush voters continue to want to believe that the war with Iraq will be our salvation and squandering our resources is no big deal to them . I'm of the mindset that the rest of us begin planning in earnest and completely ignore what the government tries to sugarcoat, in fact, ignore the government completely.

There is a new article today titled End of Oil Could Fuel 'End of Civilization as We Know It' Read it and make up your own mind. Governments do not have the political will to prepare for the end of oil. It's our baby. This is what we need to do.

UPDATE: Written in a USA Today article today:
"For the first time, even though we've increased by 80% the number of actively drilling rigs, we've seen almost no increase in production. We're maintaining what we had been producing. No significant new reserves (in the USA) have been brought on line. That's because North America is a mature province; 1998 was the peak in production for natural gas, and 1970 was the peak for oil. We're having to drill deeper, which is more expensive and takes longer, and for smaller reserves."
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