It’s About Peak Oil
Have you been feeling low energy lately?
It might be because civilization is running out of energy to fuel its modern lifestyle. It’s time to slow down. Actually, we’ll be slowing down whether we choose to or not, because as we quickly begin to run out of fuels including petroleum, natural gas, coal and uranium (for nuclear energy), our high-powered world will literally lack the energy to keep up the pace of industry.
This is what I know.
According to a report by the Energy Watch Group, 2006 was the year world oil production peaked, which means that from 2007 onward we will get 3% less oil out of the earth each year (using up half of all oil available by 2030), while demand continually increases. This is only possible because oil reserves exist for each country in the oil business, but in the meantime oil prices will begin to increase exponentially and our lifestyle as we know it in the modern world will come to an end.
Oil is in almost everything.
Oil, as fuel, is responsible not only from making our cars run, but also buses, trucks, ships and planes. This means anything that requires transportation is dependent on oil. That is food, clothes, medicines, building materials, electronics, and anything sold in stores or online. Petroleum is also used in conventional farming for running equipment and producing pesticides and fertilizers. Anything made of plastic is a product of fossil fuels. Natural gas is used to heat homes, especially in Canada (on the top of the list of energy hogs worldwide). Coal is still used to generate electricity. And electricity is needed for all aspects of modern living.
So, as you may be beginning to see, we are heavily dependent on fossil fuels.
You can read a lot more about this on many great websites.
The websites below deal with many related issues though not specifically the end of oil (though that affects pretty much everything).
But it’s not all bad.
Luckily, life is sustained by air, water, food and shelter. As a species we’ve managed to survive for millenia without air conditioning, baseboard heaters or African lemons in winter. Also, the Earth is an organism that will process her illness in due course, whether humans and polar bears die off or not. As well, we people are mostly smart and caring (though myopic) and have the ability to see what we’ve done wrong and try to make amends. This is our opportunity. We’ve gone to the brink and taken the world with us, and now it’s our moment of reckoning. We have information and can get all the knowledge we want. We have the will, even if it is dormant right now. We have the ability. We have the heart. And I believe deep down we have the love for life necessary to turn our fate around and reconnect with our reverence for nature.