102. PEW POLL: ENERGY MORE IMPORTANT THAN ENVIRONMENT
A new Pew poll came out a couple of days ago (Sept. 15), and the verdict is in; 57% of the public now believes that energy is more important than the environment: Thanks to the unflagging efforts of environmentalists like Richard Heinberg, great strides have been made in increasing awareness of peak oil. The public is now aware that we're running out of oil, and the solution is (yep, you guessed it): stamping out environmentalism. The gloves are going to come off, and from the standpoint of the Earth Firsters, it's going to look like full scale war on mother nature: ANWR, Florida, Yellowstone, drilling every remaining pristine refuge, strip mining the ocean floor, well-shooting, massive coal and uranium mine tailing ponds, nuking the tar sands, whatever it takes to get those damn gasoline prices under control.
I think there's going to be a lot of disappointment and rage in the "peak oil community". Peak oil was supposed to usher in the new age, but it just ushered in a new age of even more crass exploitation.