Life after Peak Oil - its not just about petrol.

Ok, I've just freaked myself out by reading this entire article -

Here are some extracts to wet your appetite - has anyone else read this? Maybe road rage is the least of our worries.

"Information chips implanted in the brain. Electromagnetic pulse weapons. The middle classes becoming revolutionary [and turning into] "flashmobs". Groups rapidly mobilised by criminal gangs or terrorists groups. This is the world in 30 years' time envisaged by the UK Ministry of Defence" ....


"For what it's worth, Bush's Crawford ranch has been completely off-the-grid since 2002. The ranch is equipped with the latest in energy saving and renewable power systems. It has been described as an "environmentalist's dream home." The fact a man as steeped in the petroleum industry as Bush would own such a home should tell you something. "

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Believe it or not, he's a very keen cyclist and even rides with Lance!

Who'da thunk it?
I think that guy's tinfoil hat is on too tight.. he needs to let it out a notch or two.
I think there's plenty of evidence that we're in the peak of the Peak Oil scenario. With the developing countries like India and China massively increasing their own oil consumption, there's not much likelihood of sustaining a cheap oil economy. I'm glad I ride a bike!
blah blah blah..

there's more fossil fuels than oil 'ya know.. we'll be in black gravy for quite a few years yet
Yep we will have oil for a long long time (and long being subjective), oil from the sand mines in Canada, shale oil from Aust etc, the question is what will the price become. One of the things we saw a few years ago was a lot of small oil finds that previously had not been profitable now were.
So yes there is oil in some form, but what happens to, say Australia when it reaches $300 per barrel?
And it costs half of the average take home pay to fuel up the car at the single service station within a 10k radius of your home.

Fuel is not the only issue that is going to effect us with increased oil prices. Think about how much of the rest of our lives are effected by oil. Plastics, medicines, fertilizers, pesticides, packaging, etc and the list goes on and on. Think about the effect on food prices because of our absurd "food mile" costs - shipping oranges from California while we bury our own fruit trees! It's time to start talking seriously about the other elephant in the room and preparing for its eventual impact.

ASPO the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and ASPO Australia can provide some very detailed analysis of the oil situation and its implications. One of the very involved members of the latter is Bruce Robinson, a former CSIRO scientist and an advisor to the WA government on oil and cycling issues.
Duncan should read the article in full before he makes dismissive remarks. Such a popular attitude. And a 'few' years?
Who are you talking to? Is there a voice in your head as well?

As has been pointed out above, there are massive fossil fuel reserves that are just waiting for the right crude oil price to come along.

100 years ago, guys just like this were predicting that the world was going to end under an enormous pile of horse manure. Then along came the thing we call a car.

Rising oil prices will drive exploration, alternative fuels and energy use reduction.
Thank you for letting us know how it all works.
Don't go and sulk in the corner now.. tell us how you feel.
"Rising oil prices will drive exploration, alternative fuels and energy use reduction."

12-18 months ago they couldn't get enough rigs to use for exploration, now they aren't interested because the prices have dropped to $70 barrel. This needs to go beyond the economic cycles, but it probably won't because all corporate planning is based on 1-5 year cycles. This is an issue that extends well beyond that timescale and will have a long lead time to resolve. It can't be fixed like the transition from horse to car was. Too much of our society is dependent on oil and its byproducts for so many things that aren't necessarily transport related.
massive fossil fuel reserves that are just waiting for the right crude oil price

There's also a climate crisis rapidly approaching and another problem that has already been mentioned of the amount of energy needed to be put in to get these "massive reserves" out.

The days of cheap oil are gone. The time has come to save what's left for better uses than running single-occupant cars over almost every square metre of the planet.


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