It seems hypocritical to celebrate the earth while we are raping her.
Try to learn to worship dirt, water, air, plants and animals instead of cheap plastic things, dirty gold or blood diamonds.
We are running out of oil, but we don’t have to worry about running out of natural gas because we will run out of water first.
Drovers, The American Cattle Network, says “It’s time we faced some inevitable facts…” in their review of the book, Running on empty: pondering ‘Life Without Oil.’
In “Life Without Oil,” Hallett, who authored the book with Jon Wright, a journalist who has extensively covered energy issues, argues that throughout history all societies have collapsed, usually from the loss of a necessary resource. For our current society, that resource could be oil.
“We have a couple of choices: We either collapse, or we shift to something else,” Hallett says.
I don’t think he means we should switch to another dirty fossil fuel.
I drive a 2007 Honda Fit that gets 38 MPG on the highway, my son drives an Acrua. I’ve never owned a Mercedes or a jet plane and don’t care to own either. However, I can relate to what the emir of Dubai says:
Sheikh Rashid Al Maktoum, emir of Dubai, described our fears perfectly when he said, ‘My grandfather rode a camel. I drive a Mercedes. My son flies a jet plane. His son will ride a camel.’”
I shudder at what my children and yours will face in the future if we don’t make an immediate 180 degree turn. It won’t be easy but we have done hard things before. We can do this and we must.
Hallett says his belief that we’ve reached a peak in oil production – give or take a decade – means the world will either have to significantly cut energy use or find an alternative source. He’s not, however, optimistic that human ingenuity will create a solution. He says the difficult truth is that the world can’t continue growing, either physically or economically, and expect to survive.
“We’re constantly faced with these intractable problems, and we usually find the answer in more of something. We’ve come to the point where that won’t work,” he says. “We’ve filled up the world with enough people, exhausted too many of its resources, and we need to settle into a lifestyle where we don’t feel the need for constant progress and growth. You can’t grow forever. We will reach limits, and the book argues that we are reaching those limits. There are some things that just run out and cannot be replaced, and oil is one of them.”