Don’t believe me? Well why are we racing head long into projects like the Canadian tar sands, deep offshore oil drilling, and hydraulic fracturing which all have huge environmental issues? Why would we take such risks? I figure that it is because all of the easy to get oil is now harder to extract, and that it probably takes the energy of one barrel of oil to extract a barrel we take more risks and therefore invite environmental disasters. In fact burning the stuff is the main cause of the climate chaos that we are now seeing the beginning of.
But unlike climate change, governments seem unwilling to encourage public debate about the ramifications of peak oil. This could be because politicians are concerned that doom-laden messages, like the prediction that ordinary families may only be able to use their cars for emergencies within 10 years because of spiralling fuel prices – will cause panic and civil disobedience on the streets. Fancy that? I don’t and I expect that neither do you. Why is there not more in the media about the subject? If the average punter is worried about a carbon tax, imagine if they knew about peak oil and all the chaos that will bring. Not that you or I would know it though, with the piddly amount of media coverage on the issue.
Declining oil stocks mean price increases across the board. As I mentioned in the post “Why oil prices are going up“, demand is outstripping supply and due to our oil addiction we cannot or will not think of alternatives. As for alternatives, we may have left that too little, too late. Some have said that we should have begun preparing for the end of cheap oil in the 1970’s, but we did not. Some have, but most have not. I too am addicted to oil, and I know I am not alone. The entire human race is addicted to oil in some form or another.
We are sleepwalking into a train wreck and we need to educate our young people on what peak oil is really all about. As the Arabic saying goes ‘my father rode a camel, I drive a car, my son flies an airplane, his son will ride a camel’. Never a truer statement has been written. That is about the state of it.
Tomorrow I will write about some solutions that are being worked on right now without government assistance and may be models for the future. There is hope!