"The gas shortages and long lines at the pumps in Superstorm Sandy's wake aren't just an echo of the oil and energy crises of the 1970s. We may be getting a sneak peek at life amid peak oil ... New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie began gas rationing ... A man from Queens pulled a gun while waiting on a gas line in Brooklyn. Police in Brooklyn's Crown Heights neighborhood reportedly lost control of crowds, who refilled cans and sold them at the back of gas lines for up to $200 ... The International Energy Agency says production of conventional crude oil peaked in 2006 ... With Exxon Mobil saying in 2005 that 'all the easy oil and gas in the world has pretty much been found' ... The Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas argues that the discovery of new oil is decreasing, but oil companies note that it's conventional oil that's getting hard to find. "Unconventional" oil, like that found in oil sands or oil shales that takes a whole lot more effort to extract ... but the current state of gas lines in New York underscores the immediate demand. Even Royal Dutch Shell's head of U.S. operations, John Hofmeister, argues that the fuel prices of the last decade will cause unrest on par with the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles in 1992 ... Gas lines like those caused by Sandy can go from an anomaly and scare tactic to a regular reality."
Ein Artikel von Jason Notte über Treibstoff-Rationierungen in New York nach dem Wirbelstum 'Sandy' im Hinblick auf Peak Oil sowie langer Warteschlangen vor Tankstellen als Beweis der Ölabhängigkeit und gewalttätiger Auseinandersetzungen als Vorgeschmack künftiger Zustände. Erschienen auf MSN Money (7. November 2012).