138. WHY CALL IT "PEAK OIL DEBUNKED"?
QUESTION: "If you believe in peak oil, why do you call your blog 'Peak Oil Debunked'?"
I have discussed this issue before, but here I will tackle a lingering question/criticism from the comments:
Big Gav says: "Maybe you should call it "dieoff debunked" or "collapse of industrial civilisation debunked" - then the rest of us might not consider you a pariah."
This is a good ploy. "Oh yeah, those wacky Mad Max, run for the hills, industrial collapse, dieoff doomers. We don't have anything to do with those goofballs."
Actually, you do have something to do with them. Buzz over to The Oil Drum, the peak oil voice of reason, and the links are there for everyone to see: Savinar, From the Wilderness, dieoff.org, Richard "Olduvai" Duncan. Why do you link to them if you guys are the moderates? Why are you all buddy-buddy with them?
In fact, I'll take it a step further. I think there's scads of you 'moderates' who think just like Heinberg. You actually do believe in the die off, you just think it's going to take a little longer. The decline curves in Limits to Growth are burned indelibly into your mind. You respect the ideas of Catton, and Paul Ehrlich. Industrialization and population are the problem, and we have to limit ourselves and powerdown, or we are screwed.
That's why I don't want the peace pipe from you Gav. I'd rather stay a pariah. If I changed my blog name and started shrieking out warnings, people might get the impression that I'm on your team. But if you are anti-industry, anti-technology, anti-science, anti-progress and anti-growth, I'm not on your team, and "Peak Oil Debunked" is just the right name. It draws a clean line between me and the sites that link to dieoff.org as a valuable learning resource.
I'll tell you what Gav: When the "moderates" stop linking to dieoff.org, I'll change the name of my site.
Now, it may be that a newbie pops in here, reads the first post and blows peak oil off. That's a risk I am prepared to take. If they blow it off, at least they won't get indoctrinated by the short-term die-off people or the long-term die-off people like Heinberg. They'll just go on believing that technology can solve the problem. That's okay, because that's pretty much what I think too. We're going to go through some gut wrenching social/infrastructure changes, but technology, industry and the human mind will solve the problem. There will be a techno-fix.
The term "Peak Oil" itself is misleading. It makes you think that "oil" is the problem, but it isn't. The problem is cars and sprawl and waste in the first world, and that's what we should be talking about, not the minutiae of Saudi Arabian geology. It's like junkies trying to solve their problem by analyzing maps of the poppy fields in Afghanistan. So I think "Peak Oil Debunked" is a good name. -- by JD