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Peak Oil Matters

A fresh perspective on the concept of peak oil and the challenges we face


Archive for November, 2014









The economic effects of peak oil are as obvious as they are frightening. The most immediate effect is to increase oil prices, and this has its own effect of slowing the economy down. There was a period in which Saudi Arabia could modulate the world’s rate of oil production by turning up the flow, but even that is a thing of the past. Oil prices jump up and down in response to rumors and temporary conditions — the worldwide economic slowdown has tamped them down a bit over the past few years — but the overall pattern is a steady price increase, all other things being equal….
We should understand that peak oil has probably already occurred, and we will be spending the rest of our lives, and our children their own lives, dealing with the consequences.
But we avoid the long term relevancies. There was plenty of oil yesterday and there will be enough today to maintain a modest lifestyle, and we all hope that there won’t be another big oil shock very soon….How do we prepare? [1]

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The economic paradigm we are currently engaged in must change in order to end our oil obsessed economy simply because no alternative energy resource will yield equal energy outputs. A realistic shared vision of what global prosperity might look like in an age of depleting resources is required to align economic and social aspirations, and de-couple monetary growth from synonymy with prosperity. Prosperity must become tantamount with values such as the environment, grass-roots democracy, and social justice. Importantly, global society must share these ideals; it would be futile for one state to re-evaluate their perceptions of prosperity if others are unwilling to do so (links/citations in original quote). [1]

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‘[P]eak oil’ is a global issue resulting from dependency on finite oil resources and associated vulnerability to changes in supply. The global economy must engage in changes and these changes must start with our misperceptions of prosperity as synonymous with capital. If we can transition to a paradigm in which equitable distribution of resources, social justice, the environment and pacifism are valued; energy alternatives and global agreements to mitigate the effects of peak oil may actually work. Fundamentally important is a shared global commitment to these aims (links/citations in original quote). [1]

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