PEAK OIL NEWS AND MESSAGE BOARDS

MELTDOWN AMERICA

"If the carrot [of the US dollar credit worthiness] disappears, and the stick [of global US military domination] is weak, that empire is going to come down in a hurry."

WHAT’S BEEN AND WHAT’S NEXT

"Just a glance around the USA these days ought to nauseate the casual observer. We have an infrastructure for everyday life that is failing in every way imaginable. Are you disturbed by the asteroid belts of vacant strip malls outside your town? Or the empty store fronts along your Main Streets?  What do you suppose these places will be like in ten years when the mirage of shale oil dissolves in a mist of disappointment and political grievance? How are Americans going to feel, do you suppose, when gasoline just isn’t there at a price they can pay, and they are marooned in delaminating strand-board-and-vinyl houses 23 miles away from anything? Does the sheer immersive ugliness of the human imprint on the American landscape not give you the shivers? ... All this is happening, incidentally, because the supposed best minds in our nation are paying no attention whatsoever to the most important story of our lifetime: the winding down of the techno-industrial global economy. It doesn’t really matter anymore why they don’t get it. Hubris. Greed. Distraction. Denial. All that matters is that they can’t be depended on and when that happens authority loses legitimacy. And when it comes to that, all bets are off. The disintegration of Ukraine would be best understood by Americans as a mirror of ourselves and our sclerotic republic, poised to sink into poverty and disorder. Everything we do and say rings hollow now. What used to be called The Establishment has run out of ways to even pretend to save itself. We have no idea what’s next, but it’s not going to be more of what’s been."

Zum Artikel von James Howard Kunstler, erschienen auf Clusterfuck Nation (21. April 2014) »

MICHAEL C. RUPPERT

An dieser Stelle möchten wir den tragischen Tod von Michael C. Ruppert bedauern. Er war eine sehr wichtige Person in der Peak Oil-Bewegung und hat vielen Menschen die Augen geöffnet. So lebt er dadurch in ihnen weiter. Im Buch Peak Oil Personalities beendete er sein Kapitel mit dem folgenden Zitat von Marcus Aurelius: 

"Nature which governs the whole will soon change all things which thou seest, and out of their substance will make other things, and again other things from the substance of them, in order that the world may be ever new."

BUSINESS AS USUAL

"Scenario #2. You live out in the country. There is no electricity, no heating oil or propane deliveries. Gasoline is no longer available, and you can no longer drive 30 miles to the nearest supermarket or Walmart. In any case, these stores are no longer open for business because merchandise is no longer being delivered to them. You used to be on friendly terms with some of the neighbors, but now everybody is afraid of each other. In any case, it’s too far, and too dangerous, to walk anywhere. Your drinking water used to come from a deep drilled well via an electric pump, which no longer works. There also used to be a sump pump and a dehumidifier in your basement, which is now permanently flooded and filling with black mold. Armed gangs are filtering through the landscape, looking for caches of food and other supplies. They are increasingly expert at what they do, and most people either give up their stockpile voluntarily or die trying to defend it."

Zum Artikel von Dmitry Orlov, erschienen auf Club Orlov (8. April 2014) »