24. NO SOLUTIONS, NO FUTURE
Here's the peak oil doomer take on the situation:
1) With a population of 6.4 billion, we've drastically overshot the carrying capacity of the earth. Therefore, most of these people -- optimistically 85%, but more realistically 95% -- will have to perish shortly in the big "die-off". This outcome is completely unavoidable, and there is NO SOLUTION. NOTHING can stop the big die-off from happening.
2) Therefore we must: (insert agenda here).
Step 2 is the problem here. Why should I do anything, or buy into anybody's agenda, if I'm going to die?
Here's one example: Julian Darley says we need to cut our energy consumption by 50 to 90%, immediately. That would be a great idea, Julian, except all your die-off buddies are saying that 95% of us are going to die no matter what we do, because there is NO SOLUTION. So why should we do what you (or anybody) says? We're all going to starve to death anyway.
Kofi Annan goes on TV and says: "Due to peak oil, it is completely certain that 95% of you are going to die shortly. Okay, now here is what I would like you all to do to facilitate this difficult transition." Preaching die-off is totally incompatible with encouraging people to live more sustainably.