39. QUESTIONS FROM A READER
Dan Bloomquist wrote:
> You hold up the dieoff website like a trophy. So they
> are extreme. Why does that mean we can run from peak oil with our
> fingers in our ears singing 'la la la la...'?
It doesn't mean that. Peak oil is a serious problem, and it deserves a rigorous critical analysis. Which is what I am doing. Digging into the bowels of the problem is hardly a way of ignoring it.
> If a capitalist is
> convicted of a crime does that make capitalism wrong?
No, but it makes the capitalists who befriend the criminal and stick up for him very suspect. The moderate (non-doomer) peak oilers are in bed with fascist vermin, like William Stanton (see #29).
We need to draw a clear distinction between peak oilers who believe we have a future after peak oil (like Amory Lovins, myself etc.) and the dead-enders who don't.
> 13. SHOULD I TELL MY FRIENDS ABOUT PEAK OIL?
> Your advice is not to talk about it? Stick our heads in the sand and it
> will go away?
No, my advice is to not go hysterical and tell all your friends that they're doomed and need to start buying MREs and guns -- because some pseudo-science quack like Richard "Olduvai" Duncan said the power grid is going to go down (see #31).
I talk about peak oil all the time with people. It's a serious problem. In fact, I write about it in detail on my blog every day, so I'm hardly sticking my head in the sand. We need to talk about it -- with facts and information, not hyperbole, misinformation and fearmongering.
> The worst thing we can do is go through this unprepared.
I agree. But there is no reason to prepare for catastrophe or die-off. Careful analysis of the problem can help us understand what exactly we need to prepare for. Personally, I recommend getting rid of your car as a rational first step in preparing for peak oil.
> 6. THE PEAK OIL CONSPIRACY
> Right off the bat you make this something it is not. But you tell me,
> why don't world leaders get up there and tell us where tomorrow's oil is
> coming from?
There's no mystery about where it's going to come from. It will come from current and new reserves of crude oil, and unconventional sources like heavy oil, tar sands, NGL, ethanol, gas-to-liquids and coal liquefaction. You seem to be assuming an early peak as a cold hard fact, which it is not. It is just a hypothesis.
> 5. BEAM IT DOWN: HOW THE NEW SATELLITES CAN POWER THE WORLD
> Golly, the problem is not about powering grids, it is about
> transportation fuels.
Most transportation fuel is being wasted on frivolous lifestyle bullshit like suburbia, cars, commuting, monster traffic jams, sprawl, driving to the mall, and driving for recreation (see #27). The problem is not how to find enough oil to keep all the cars going. The problem is how to eliminate the car. That is "peak oil" -- the problem and the solution -- in a nutshell. You won't need "world leaders to get up there and tell us where tomorrow's oil is coming from" if you get off the petroleum crack pipe.