If the data are correct, the stuff everything is made of is going bye-bye eventually, since "these things take time to remedy" say the politicians, and since time is axiomatically represented by the same graph, there just may not be enough time.
Our series "The Peak of Sanity" can also be associated with that graph, in terms of the 98% middle class and poor, even though the 2% (who run things & have the money) passed the peak of their sanity long ago, which is how we got to this point in the history of this civilization in the first place.
I ran across a site that uses effective analogous language which can help counter the pulses of denial flowing from the collective lizard brain:
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.(Life After The Oil Crash). If you really think about it, it doesn't matter whether or not the data are perfectly precise, the principle is clear enough to turn the lights on (if we have any lights left), and clear enough to make us realize renewable energy is a life and death proposition for civilization.
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 to 15 percent is enough to wholly shatter an oil-dependent economy and reduce its citizenry to poverty.
At the very first instance we foresaw this we should have begun to abandon temporary oil energy sources forthwith, and for the sake of the survival of this civilization, rushed forward toward clean, renewable energy sources.
That would have been about 1970 (Hubbert curve) or 1973 (oil embargo), or soon thereafter, when President Jimmy Carter halved our dependence on foreign oil, made a plea that we begin conservation, and urged a move toward clean energy sources.
Carter was soundly defeated in the very next election for some reason, which reminds me of what blogger disaffected implied in a recent comment on a Dredd Blog post:
"[MOMCOM] can actually make the people demand their own oppression"(Comments). MOMCOM has been quick to retaliate, like the Mexican drug lords, against those who would disrupt the oil addiction trade routes as Carter attempted to do.
Another Dredd Blog commenter Randy commented on an
interview with Noam Chomsky, which points out that MOMCOM has a bit of dementia of the very serious type:
The scholarly literature is pretty straight on this. With regards to Latin America, but in general it's true worldwide, the main scholarship on "democracy promotion" is by Thomas Carothers. He's a neo-Reaganite ... [who] calls every leader "schizophrenic."(Comments, see also The Business Elites ... Are Instinctive Marxists, where the quote originates). It seems to me to be realistic to consider MOMCOM to be suffering from a schizophrenic condition, since MOMCOM is way down on the decline slope of the peak of sanity bell curve.
Forcing the oppression of people by making them addicted to oil as a means of sophistication, even if they have been trained Pavlov style to drool for it, is a clear sign of a schizophrenic condition, especially when we consider that oil addiction is destructive to civilization via the global warming / climate change it is bringing (which the Pentagon portion of MOMCOM calls "a threat to U.S. national security").
Dredd Blog has pegged manufactured oil addiction as a part of the Destroy America In Order To Save It thingy (which shows MOMCOM is way schizo).
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