An observation worth noting … and pondering, from Robert Hirsch:

The peak oil story is definitely a bad news story. There’s just no way to sugar-coat it, other than maybe to do what I’ve done on occasion and that is to say that by 2050 we’ll have it right and we will have come through the peak oil recession—quite probably a very deep recession. At some point we’ll come out of this because we’re human beings, and we just don’t give up. And I have faith in people ultimately. But it’s a bad news story and anybody’s who’s going to stand up and talk about the bad news story and is in a position of responsibility in the government needs to then follow immediately and say ‘here’s what we’re going to do about it,’ and no one seems prepared to do that.

That statement was offered in an interview more than three years ago. “Here’s what we’re going to do about” Peak Oil is a conversation we haven’t begun yet—at least not at a level and in scope where any meaningful dialogue occurs, ideas develop, or plans are made.

True, we won’t give up on this challenge any more than any other one mankind has encountered. Optimism is always good; faith in our inherent abilities is likewise commendable—mandatory, actually.

But does it really make sense when dealing with problems of Peak Oil’s magnitude to just … wait until we get around to considering what to do? As I and many others have carefully pointed out, we give little consideration to the fact our lifestyles, our industries, our transportation, our health care, our businesses, our entertainment, and our infrastructure exist in the manner and scope they do because of the easily-taken-for-granted availability of cheap oil. It’s time we devote at least a small amount of our time to pondering that reality.

Cheap is not much of an option these days. Availability—despite the hype of our “vast” reserves of unconventional fossil fuel resources—is already a developing issue, and technology will only carry us so far when dealing with finite resources increasingly more challenging to obtain and then supply.

Those who prefer to gloss over the facts of current and future oil production limitations and rely instead on feel-good news have their own agenda for doing so. The problem is that that agenda harms a lot more of us than it does them, and it’s not going to get any better.

Crisis … or opportunity?

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