311. PEAK OIL DEBUNKED IN FOUR EASY WORDS
Wow! Busy week for peak oil. Lots of scary developments... and the peak oilers smell blood! $100 oil! The IEA goes doomer!! The subprime crisis! Dollar in free-fall! The titanic is going down!! Get out of that friggin deck chair, you moron!!
Yah, okay... Before we get completely covered by the foam issuing from the mouths of these fanatics, let's take stock:
Crude production hasn't risen since May 2005, and liquids haven't risen since July 2006. Were already at peak oil!
Sorry, the peak hasn't been confirmed yet. We'll see.
It doesn't matter! We're going to peak soon anyway!
Yah, okay. Let's grant that. In fact, let's grant that oil and liquids have both already peaked. Why not? I agree with the doomers that oil/liquids will peak. I just don't think it will be that big of a deal.
What are you talking about? Oil is at $100!
Oil is an addictive drug. It causes global warming and pollutes the air. We all agree that we need to stop using it. In fact, it's a matter of national security. The important thing is to adjust to the rising oil price with a smile.
You may find this confusing at first, but I will now give you the ultimate peak oil debunk in four easy words. You may experience a flash of discomfort, or a stunned sensation. But hang in there, and read it over at least five or ten times. Let it sink in:
YOU DON'T NEED OIL.
Have you grasped it? Resistance to this idea is ingrained, and you may involuntarily mumble in disagreement, but try to fight through that. That's the addiction talking. Trust me: the idea that "we need oil" has been inculcated into the deepest fibers of your brain by decades upon decades of relentless GM and Exxon advertising.
True, we do need liquid fuels for certain mission-critical applications, but that is a small portion of total usage, and can be substituted with alternatives such as electricity (electric scooters/cars/rail), nuclear power and biofuels. The vast majority of liquid fuel is being used in optional lifestyle bullshit, like suburban living and massive traffic jams. See Alan Drake's detailed plans for a non-oil transportation system in the U.S. here and here. That will help you visualize the world without oil.
But oil's at $100, what should we do?
Wise up, and stop using. Oil prices are like a big truck coming down the street. Get out of the way. There's a whole range of solutions. Carpool. Ride the bus. Move closer to your job. Buy a scooter. Buy an electric bicycle. Telecommute. Walk. Ride your bike. Get a space heater. Buy a faggy-assed little electric car, like the Takeoka Milieu.
But, but, but...
Yah, I know. This is where all the excuses start, and folks resort to feeble stuff like: "Car pooling won't work in America" or "There aren't enough scooters" or "Fat people can't ride bikes" or "People would laugh at me if I did that" or "I can't walk because there's no sidewalk" etc. etc. It's quite sad, really, how the doomer position collapses into this kind of piffle at its foundations.