1. THE ENERGY DESTINY OF MANKIND
Peak oil is an inconvenience. If you want to get scared about something, try "Peak Energy". That's the point where all energy sources, totaled together, reach their peak and begin a grim decline. Obviously, we're not at that point now, and we never will be, as I will explain in a moment.
The fact is, the solution is staring everybody right in the face: coal and nuclear. The reason the peak oilers can't get over the conceptual hurdle is that peak oil isn't about energy depletion. How could it be? Coal and nuclear aren't going to run out for a loong loong time, so there is no energy depletion problem. QED.
But wait, what about the wastes? you say, like Campbell and all those other patte-eating European twits from ALPO at their posh climate-controlled meetings in Switzerland. "We're afraid people might turn back to nuclear or coal… " Wake up Nimrods! Of course we're going to turn back to nuclear and coal.
After all, what's the alternative? "Power-down" back into quaint eco-peasantry?
Peak Oil isn't a technical problem, it's an insane environmental agenda draping itself in the robes of science. Fact is, oil is only tangentially related to the whole concept. The core is that the greenies want to shrink the human "footprint" on the earth. That's greenie code for their elitist human mass extermination program. Sorry everbody, you all have to starve and die because coal and nuclear produce dangerous wastes, and, well, we just can't risk it. Somebody might get hurt.
These people are sick. Don 't believe me? Check out this from the "What to Do" flyer over at postcarbon.org:
• What and who "must" be saved.
• What and who "should" be saved.
• What and who "can" be saved.
• What and who "can't" be saved.
Print that out and distribute it to all your cool "in-the-know" PO greenie buddies. Can you believe that elitist crap? God help us all if those self-righteous stooges ever seize control. Sure the overlords who run the world now are a crew of vile greedy swine, but at least they have the decency to *try* to save us all.
First it was global warming, then it was peak oil, next week it'll be something else. The main thing is to prepare for the inevitable "die-off" (read: "kill-off") by making sure everybody retreats back into a little hovel made out of old PET bottles, stops moving, and eats acorns because the greenies shut off that icky coal and nuclear.
Don't get me wrong. I myself lived a semi self-sufficient lifestyle in the country for about 5 years until just a few years ago. Oddly enough, I have a lot more practical experience than most people growing gardens, composting, butchering animals etc.
But I will tell you one thing: mankind did not come all this way, just to crawl back into a hole and retreat. Screw the earth. It's like the egg we hatched out of. We suck its resources dry, and then we step out of the nest and fly into the wild black yonder. As my hero, William S. Burroughs, said: man is an artifact designed for space travel. Can you imagine anything stupider than a being, hatched into an infinite universe, wringing its hands about the finiteness and limits of its environment?
I trust that our upcoming look at Titan, the hydrocarbon moon, will have a salutory effect on the imagination of the common man. With any luck, it'll be a PR disaster for the peak oil central committee, you know: "sending the people the 'wrong message' at this critical time" etc. etc.
We will never run out of hydrocarbons or energy, because they are the basic building blocks of the universe, and the universe is infinite. Yes, folks, contrary to the solemn word of ALPO, there is an infinite supply of energy. and all we have to do to tap it is stop listening to those cowards, and get focused.