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Friday, November 23, 2007


We know from Peak Oil 101 that our agricultural systems are utterly dependent on crude oil. Food growth, harvesting, transport, retail, the plastic bag you take it all home in... It all runs on oil. In fact, it takes 35 calories of fossil fuel to make one calorie of beef. And that doesn't even include the half gallon of gasoline you need to get to the drive-thru and back. So everytime you eat a hamburger, you're basically guzzling down half a barrel of crude oil.

Clearly peak oil is going to have gruesome knock-on effects on the food supply. As oil prices soar, the price of food will spiral out of control and our food systems will collapse. Mass starvation is a certainty.

This isn't some hypothetical future event we're talking about here. The latest stats from the EIA show that crude oil peaked in May 2005 at 74.4mbd, and is now down by almost 2.5% from that peak. Peak oil already happened, and we're more than 2.5 years into the decline of the post-peak period.

Only the prepared will survive the looming food crisis. People like Matt Savinar, who have wisely stocked up large quantities of nitro-packed food:

Now, as you may know, I am JD -- one of the Internet's premier peak oil denialists, and proprieter of the website Peak Oil Debunked. I have taken no steps whatsoever to prepare myself for peak oil. In fact, I have consistently maintained that peak oil is no big deal, and gone far out of my way to mock and ridicule peak oilers. Here's my food supply:

Don't have much gardening space either. Just a few old pots I found in the trash, and a ratty tuft of untended green onion:

It doesn't take a genius to see that I am going to be starving to death in the near future.

Now I know I've enjoyed laughing at you peak oilers over the years, so I figured you all would enjoy watching me eat my words. You know... Rue the day I ever mocked peak oil.

To that end, I have started this thread to document my descent into starvation due to peak oil. I will be posting to this thread every 3 months or so with an update on the soaring food prices, and my ongoing starvation status.

To establish a base line, I got some prices from the supermarket this morning:

Nov. 24, Sakae Supermarket, Osaka, Japan, 2.5 years post-peak (prices in yen)
One apple: 100
One tomato: 158
One head, Iceberg lettuce: 198
One stalk of broccoli: 198
One medium onion: 33
One medium potato: 66
5 kg, White rice: 2480
1 liter, Milk: 188
Chicken breast (100 grams): 50
Beef stew meat (100 grams): 114
I loaf of French bread: 165
One egg: 53

Current weight: 86.5 kg

Mood at onset of starvation: Upbeat


At Friday, November 23, 2007 at 8:05:00 PM PST, Blogger ReserveGrowthRulz said...

Oh JD, you are gonna get the Doomers going on this one. Blatantly starving yourself into submission.

At Saturday, November 24, 2007 at 3:43:00 AM PST, Blogger Gareth Doutch said...

It's a good job you're not poor and living in Russia or Mexico right now.

At Saturday, November 24, 2007 at 12:08:00 PM PST, Blogger popmonkey said...

hehehe, love it.

of course once the internet shuts off when the power goes out we won't be able to follow your posts anymore, but good luck anyway!

p.s. gareth, was there ever a time it was a "good job" to live Russia or Mexico?

At Sunday, November 25, 2007 at 2:10:00 AM PST, Blogger Gareth Doutch said...

Probably not in your view, but it's got even worse lately with protests about the price of food. Why? Biofuel production.

At Sunday, November 25, 2007 at 8:43:00 AM PST, Blogger bc said...

Heh, "Peak Oil me".

At Sunday, November 25, 2007 at 12:35:00 PM PST, Blogger dc said...

"Mood at onset of starvation: Upbeat"

That's gold, Jerry! LOL.

BTW, haven't you been "starving" going on two years now? After all, its 2 years PP (post peak) and counting...

At Monday, November 26, 2007 at 12:17:00 AM PST, Blogger stephanie g said...

Now I'm hungry, thanks a lot.

At Tuesday, November 27, 2007 at 11:44:00 PM PST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely hilarious JD :-)

At Thursday, November 29, 2007 at 1:54:00 PM PST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm just amazed Savinar lives in such a pit. That doesn't look like lawyer, author and esteemed web page creator diggs to me.

At Thursday, November 29, 2007 at 3:56:00 PM PST, Blogger ReserveGrowthRulz said...

At Savinar's website it has been recently mentioned that sales of Doomer products are down, as apparently is website traffic. One of his moderators was commenting on his financial straits.

Hard to believe, $3/gal for gasoline and he can't work the faithful up into enough of a lather to send him money ala Ruppert.

At Thursday, November 29, 2007 at 7:14:00 PM PST, Blogger Darren said...

JD's post gives me the mental image of a man who has jumped from a 20 story building, and as he passes the 10th floor, thinks "pffft, everything is fine so far, what was the fuss about?"

At Thursday, November 29, 2007 at 8:33:00 PM PST, Blogger JD said...

Hi darren,
The ground looks really far away from here. Care to estimate when I might make impact? Or even fall as far as the 9th floor?
JD (wind rippling through my hair)

At Thursday, November 29, 2007 at 8:33:00 PM PST, Blogger ReserveGrowthRulz said...

Can we assume you DO think Peak Oil will be something other than an interesting factoid then?

At Saturday, December 1, 2007 at 11:46:00 AM PST, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Actually traffic and sales have never been higher. Traffic for november at the parent site averaged 10,500 visits per day. Page views for the parent site and forum averaged 40,000 per day.

The freeze dried sales are doing (literally) ten times better than I had expected.

@ JD,

You need to get my permission before using my photo. That's big time infringement right there. I'll let it slide this time but in the future you need to email me for permission before using my photos. Your use of it does not fall under "fair use", even by the most liberal interpretation of the doctrine.

At Saturday, December 1, 2007 at 3:15:00 PM PST, Blogger ReserveGrowthRulz said...


Actually traffic and sales have never been higher. Traffic for november at the parent site averaged 10,500 visits per day. Page views for the parent site and forum averaged 40,000 per day."

Then perhaps the people mentioning your current situation should have there posts removed? Just like you did mine?

And apparently I'm the not the only one who suffers from your selective censorship.

The comment which appears to be gone relates to your site not doing particularly well because of the high concentration of nutjobs populating the place.

"The freeze dried sales are doing (literally) ten times better than I had expected."

Quite reasonable, I would never think there were as many gullible people as you have tapped into either. Set your expectations low enough and you too can be Matt!

At Monday, December 3, 2007 at 6:08:00 AM PST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not a lawyer, and cannot comment on fair use, parody, etc.

But I think Matt would make a stronger claim if he came straight out with the dangers of "peak oil."

Either the freeze dried food is a reasonable preparation, and JD is at risk from starvation, or there is a big problem with the peak oil movement.

At Monday, December 3, 2007 at 12:39:00 PM PST, Blogger bc said...

I can see why matt moved into doomer porn instead of practicing law.

At Monday, December 3, 2007 at 9:40:00 PM PST, Blogger ReserveGrowthRulz said...

bc said...
"I can see why matt moved into doomer porn instead of practicing law."

After listening to Matts last late night radio show and him stumbling through misrepresentations of seismic, which decade Hubbert did his original 1956 paper ( Matt cited the 40's and the 50's ), and various other incoherent mumblings explaining how we go from expensive gas to nuking each other, I'm beginning to understand why he would rather live in a hovel profiteering off of others fears rather than making an honest living chasing ambulances. Even ambulance chasers have to stand up in court and occasionally remember something CORRECTLY.

At Wednesday, December 5, 2007 at 11:26:00 AM PST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LMAO at Matt's interpretation of "Fair Use". No wonder the guy is no longer a lawyer.

At Saturday, December 15, 2007 at 8:58:00 PM PST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This may be the single best blog post I've read -- and I buy the doomer view.

Kudos, really.

At Wednesday, February 13, 2008 at 2:48:00 PM PST, Blogger David Grenier said...

I just discovered you're still posting, and oh-my-achin-head that photo of your empty corner is the funniest thing I've seen in a while.

At Wednesday, April 23, 2008 at 7:40:00 AM PDT, Blogger Darren said...

Oh, you do still have this up. Ya. Food riots. Pretty funny stuff. Oh well, as long as it hasn't personally affected you yet I guess it's no big deal.

At Sunday, August 17, 2008 at 4:07:00 AM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Food prices in the UK are now horrific.

Butter and cheese are difficult to get in Japan.

Some of the 'impossible' events discussed here a year or so ago are coming to pass.

It may not be Peak Oil, but something nasty is happening out there ...


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