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OP/ED: Peak oilís slippery slope

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Old 03-27-2008, 07:59 AM
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OP/ED: Peak oilís slippery slope

If you think high gas prices this summer are gonna be a bummer, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet

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Both President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, when questioned about their subterranean public-approval ratings, have repeatedly asserted their administration will be vindicated by history. After you’re done guffawing, consider this: They just might be right.

Why? In a phrase, peak oil.

For those unfamiliar with peak oil—and here I include Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, most of the state Legislature and even the California Energy Commission—it is derived from the geological phenomenon of oil-field depletion, first elaborated on in 1956 by M. King Hubbert, then a geophysicist for Shell Oil. Simply put, peak-oil theory asserts that for any given oil field, there is a finite amount of recoverable oil. When half of that oil is used up, the field has reached its peak. Thereafter, production begins declining to near-zero. This principle, Hubbert claimed, applies to all oil fields, individually and in the aggregate… [Read More]
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Re: OP/ED: Peak oilís slippery slope

Vindicated by history? If they had gained their unpopularity by pushing efficiency and conservation, yes. Cheney must be planning to rewrite history, so his quote becomes , "Conservation is a personal and national virtue, the core of any successful energy plan."
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Re: OP/ED: Peak oilís slippery slope

This is without a doubt the best article I have ever seen posted on CleanMPG.com. It tells all of us exactly where we are in the nightmare that is post peak oil America and the article is right. Bush's policies will be vindicated by history because,

1. Oil is pivotal to life as it exists now.

2. We are a country wallowing in arrogant, self righteous energy excess.

3. Peak oil has already happened and there is no way to turn our country around in time to forestall social and economic chaos.

4. The only way to forestall this disaster is thru the policies set forth by Bush & Cheney.

"Fortunately, future American heroes George Bush and Dick Cheney have their eyes on the prize: the oil fields of Iraq and Iran, which together have about the same amount as Saudi Arabia, whom we’ve already bought off. Together, the three countries have half of the world’s remaining petroleum supply. They’re also believed to be at or near their own peaks. Nevertheless, taking control of their reserves will keep those Hummers rolling until the realities of peak oil sink in. Who cares about a little genocide when there are pockets to line and gas tanks to fill"?

And so, there you have it. GM can continue to produce Silverado's for Americans to commute in. History will vindicate Bush because, given the decades and decades that we have ignored the problem, there is really no alternative that America has. We must take over Iraq and Iran for their oil. It will buy us very precious and very little, more time.

Actually, it is quite simple, once the light of reality shines on our situation.
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Re: OP/ED: Peak oilís slippery slope

Forget about rising sea levels. The advent of peak oil will make global warming seem like a day at the beach. Petroleum doesn’t just fuel our automobiles, it’s in everything, from fertilizer to pharmaceuticals to food products. Since the beginning of the oil age in the mid-19th century, the world’s population has grown from slightly less than 1 billion to more than 6 billion today. This simply couldn’t have happened without oil, and in petroleum’s absence, the world, including the United States, is facing a dramatic decrease in the number of its human inhabitants.

It's not looking good, is it?

And today there will still be people signing on the dotted line for gas hog SUV's and oversized pickup trucks. Unbelievable.

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Re: OP/ED: Peak oilís slippery slope

"The advent of peak oil will make global warming seem like a day at the beach."

But peak oil too can be denied & politicized unfortunately. The supply is there, it is just being withheld........we just need to tap it. Send in the 81st.

I find myself lately as worried about the consequences of our failure to acknowledge peak oil as I am peak oil itself. Like not detecting cancer until stage 4.
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Re: OP/ED: Peak oilís slippery slope

and for the 4-5 billion people on earth who dont need electricity or petroleum...life will go on without a blink. I think the envy may turn from the american dream to the simple lives of tribes who live deep in the jungles of Brazil, or plains of Africa....hunt and gather before oil, hunt and gather after, doesnt really matter.
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Re: OP/ED: Peak oilís slippery slope

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"The advent of peak oil will make global warming seem like a day at the beach."

But peak oil too can be denied & politicized unfortunately. The supply is there, it is just being withheld........we just need to tap it. Send in the 81st.

I find myself lately as worried about the consequences of our failure to acknowledge peak oil as I am peak oil itself. Like not detecting cancer until stage 4.
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Re: OP/ED: Peak oilís slippery slope

Peak oil and global warming? Maybe I shouldn't live to 90! Gotta eat lots of fast food now!
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Re: OP/ED: Peak oilís slippery slope

I can't understand why everyone is so negative all the time, especially about energy. People seem to thrive on it. Just human nature I guess.

Necessity breeds innovation. Just watch the Science Channel for a little while. I believe we still have time and the ability to figure this out. Market forces are already driving positive change.

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What a priceless picture! I managed to generate a reasonable
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