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We remain free as always to choose to fear the consequences of a permanent decline in the availability of affordable and accessible fossil fuel supplies. The enduring impact on our society and our ways of life as a result of a diminished supply of our primary energy supply is no small matter. So fear is certainly an option.

We can also rely on those disinclined to examine the majority of production realities, offering instead a steady diet of optimistic statements and light-on-fact assurances.

Very few of us who are concerned with the full range of oil production issues and challenges find anything about the widespread future impact of peak oil to be other than a somber realization on our best days.

 

 

WE HAVE CHOICES

 

 

But so too do we have the choice to view the challenges we’ll face [sooner than we’re likely to be fully prepared for, unfortunately], as opportunities to fashion new successes for ourselves; new definitions of prosperity; new ideals of community; and new ways of projecting humanity into a future of hope and progress. Completely idealistic in this moment, to be sure. But it strikes me as a better attitude to have as we approach the urgency of addressing our concerns before available options start getting crossed off the list.

The opportunities to plan and prepare will surely be different than those crafted as a result of the many benefits of readily available crude oil and its countless products. We may not have much choice in that regard, depending on what plans and adaptations take shape in the years to come. This process of transition/adaptation is not going to be measured in any shorter time frame.

But there is no reason to lament, out of fear, that those descriptions will be less worthy or satisfying. We own the choice of assessing what needs to be done and what will be done, too.

 

 

WHERE TO BEGIN?

 

 

How do we get here? What must we do now?

For starters, we ought to be asking ourselves—individually and community-wide—what we believe are the best opportunities for growth and prosperity going forward. Coupled with that must be sufficient understanding that while peak oil’s various impacts may not be obvious today or even soon, we’re on our way to that point. Given the scope of adaptations and the time frames needed, wasting more days is not our wisest course of action. All of this can only happen once the public is provided far more accurate and honest information than has been presented to date. That must originate in large part from those who know but have chosen instead to distract or deny.

We’re all going to need their expertise, knowledge, and cooperation. The sooner they realize that, the better for all of us—the dissonance and issues arising from their change in assessments about peak oil duly acknowledged.

 

 

ACCEPTING THE LIMITS OF “FINITE”

 

 

Finite resources are bound by the rules and laws of finite resources, and no amount of denials and misleading irrelevancies will prevent the outcomes such rules mandate. That recognition and acceptance must happen sooner than later. We need to recognize that every advantage must be considered and utilized, so there isn’t much room for the tactics of obstruction and confusion.

With sufficient information, confirmation, and support from all corners, the task then is for all of us to recognize and proceed, armed with full knowledge and awareness that we will be approaching a future very different from the past and the present we will soon leave behind. In the years to come, the energy source which empowered and enabled us to rise to our lofty perch atop the world of technological marvel and progress will gradually but steadily fail to meet our expectations of ongoing, ready availability; ease of access, and affordability.

A problem? Most likely. A challenge? Definitely! Easy? No! Achievable?

That answer is up to us.

 

 

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~ My Photo: Morning sunlight – 01.11.16

 

 

We face a choice going forward. There’s a kind of false dichotomy, a false choice that we’re being presented between policies on the left or policies on the right. It’s not left or right, it’s forward or backward. It’s a choice between investing in the future, leaving a better future for the next generation just like parents and grandparents did for us, or ignoring these hard choices and sentencing the next generation to a lower standard of living, to fewer opportunities, and a future that we could do better by. [With apologies for prior incorrect attribution: former] USDOT Deputy Secretary John Porcari

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