Tuesday, November 15, 2005

A Call to Arms
I am seeing more and more information about peak oil arriving in the media. Not is a major sense, and often from an odd angle, but here's Heinberg, author of 'The Party's Over' issuing a call to arms over Peak Oil: Oil is a finite resource - and the decline of world oil production is predicted to occur anytime within the next 30 years. To avoid the worst-case scenario, we must begin today to reduce our dependence on oil. Clear and to the point.

2 comments:

milililili kaewth said...

capital will be able to handle the problem without resorting too much to renewable resosources (wind, solar, bio-fuels) which makes this topic kinda moot for social change. Right now they're 1% and they +might+ reach 10% in the future, barring any catastrophic calamity that brings down all other alternatives. They will go for coal or nuclear way before good alternatives, just because they're more much more capital-generating. Plus the gov't. gives mucho munny for building contracts of nuclear plants and (when they finally and completly fuck the EPA) coal burning plants.

So the point becomes why should I give a shit about peak oil when it will just be a generative crisis within capitalism?

anarchist said...

Good question. My reply would be that the end of the age of oil offers a unique opportunity when the military force that maintains the current status-quo will be unable to sustain itself and new possibilities can evolve - but only if we look for ways to live outside it now. Capitalism is a high energy system - in our low energy future, we have hope for a just and sustainable world.