Cove041616A

 

 

The painful truth is that with a decline in oil production in the years to come—coupled with increased demand once/if it does in fact increase again—as we’d like to think [hope?], with the realities of reduced investment and research in alternatives tossed into the mix, we’re rendering any prospects for growth and improved well-being nothing but delusional aspirations.

When will there be a pause in denial and the flow of misleading half-truths so that all of us can begin the complex, years-in-the-making processes of adaptation to a world where fossil fuels are not the immediately available source of energy?

 

CONSIDERING THE FUTURE

 

Actions taken or not taken based on the facts we all must contend with here on Planet Earth carry consequences. What we decide and accept today will determine what kind of a future we live in, and what kind of a life we bestow on our children.

And therein lies a big part of the problem. Those who dispute the imminent onset of Peak Oil production seem entirely incapable of appreciating not only how much we rely on fossil fuels for just about everything we do; rather, they seem to have no concept of how much of our personal, commercial, and cultural lifestyles will have to transition from conventional fossil fuel reliance to the various Plan B’s we eventually decide upon. If in fact they do recognize the daunting task [and I assume most do], then they are obviously quite content to keep the public ill-informed just enough to protect their own interests and those of their benefactors.

Quite the system….

 

TRANSITION WON’T BE EASY

 

For anyone to think that we can just ramp up our efforts and transition our entire industrial/commercial/transportation/production/manufacturing/travel/cultural foundations away from fossil fuel dependence to “other” in a matter of a few weeks is beyond delusional. The fact that it may not be painfully obvious to everyone that at this moment we are already confronted with the challenges of a peak in oil production is no excuse not to start having more meaningful conversations and a broader disclosure of all of the facts—those supporting the prospects for future production as well as the concerns over continued ample and affordable supply.

The unwillingness of most Republican officials to even consider the issue of public transportation is only one indicator of how unnecessarily difficult the planning and preparation aspects will be. Narrow-minded and shortsighted fealty to ideology above all else will in time prove to be nothing but an entirely avoidable and ignorant decision which created a host of unnecessary difficulties and hardships.

Taking solace and thinking that poor forecasting skills on the part of some is sufficient refutation of the concept of peak oil is an indicator that intransigence and irrational/disingenuous commentary will also be an unnecessary and unwise component of the transition. For those abiding by a political and personal ideology which will do all it can to avoid the uncertainties of change and an intolerance for ambiguity, they sure do have an interesting way of handling things!

If the harms resulting were limited to those leaders and related public officials singing the official fossil fuel anthem, this might not be such a concern.

If only….

 

 

~ ~ ~

 

Note to readers: In addition to my other blogs and writings at richardturcotte.com, I invite you to enjoy some brief excepts from my eBook political thriller:

The Tretiak Agenda

They began [here] on June 15, and will continue weekly throughout the summer

 

 

~ My Photo: early morning on the coast – 04.16.16

 

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

Looking Left and Right:
Inspiring Different Ideas,
Envisioning Better Tomorrows

 

Peak Oil Matters offers observations and insights about the realities of declining fossil fuel production, and its impact on our future well-being