Thursday, April 14, 2005

Consequences for US after the oil peak

Since most of the countries in Europe have experienced several oil crisis, we think we know what it is all about. And maybe we are right, but all the previous oil crisis situations have been temporary. The coming one is not temporary but one that will prevail - it is a permanent situation. The solution is not to hide and bunker, but to change to other sources of energy and as fast as possible change our patterns of behaviour to a more sustainable way.

For Americans this issue could turn out to be much more interesting, or should I say, stressing. What is happening in an oil crisis situation in a country which does not have a decent railroad system. Most people and businesses rely on cars, trucks and aeroplanes. How will this affect the big cities which rely heavily och trucks for the food supply. What is happening on the national security scene with a country which has been going to war several times since to 1970:s mainly to protect their oil supply?

James Howard Kunstle has written a book by the name The Long Emergency which have been adapted to an article in The RollingStone where he discuss the consequences for the American society. It is an interesting and sometimes frightening reading. This is quote from the beginning of the article:
Carl Jung, one of the fathers of psychology, famously remarked that "people cannot stand too much reality." What you're about to read may challenge your assumptions about the kind of world we live in, and especially the kind of world into which events are propelling us. We are in for a rough ride through uncharted territory.

Read the article


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