Here is a great video with Richard Heinberg who is a senior fellow of the Post Carbon Institute talks about his home a little and the impact of oil. What I really like about Richard is how he presents things, I have seen him before and he is very good at talk about post carbon society. He states that we aren’t going to run out of oil, but that we will be priced out of oil. Instead of arguing when peak oil will occur he often points out that within a 10-20 year window where it will happen it is pointless really to argue when, it is just a fact that it will occur sometime. So we better start thinking how we are going to tackle the issues that face us.
My good friend over at Tiny House Designs, Michael, posted this on his personal Facebook page last night and I really liked it. It sets the stage for the issues surrounding peak oil, then talks about how Cuba coped when economic sanctions block most imports of oil and other key resources to their country. Why is this important? Because they essentially experienced what peak oil would be like on a very rapid time line, then rose to meet the challenges. They shifted to local economies and small scale urban agriculture rapidly when they suddenly couldn’t get gas to run tractors, to import food, to really do anything. The power went out, the shelves were empty and their world was turned upside down. See how they met the challenge head on!
Oil is used to deliver the seeds to farmers
Oil is used to pump water to the crops
Oil is used in production of fertilizers
Oil runs the tractors that harvest food
Oil is in the plastics that we package the food
Oil is in the tanks of the trucks that ship food an average of 5000 miles
Oil is used to drive your car when you bring the food home
Oil powers electricity at every step of this chain
Oil helps you cook the food when you bring it….
What would happen when Oil is $400 a barrel?
Peak oil is here and now, Get ready for the ride of your lifetime
Info on Peak Oil
Reprinted Treehugger Lester Brown July 2009
Today we are an oil-based civilization, one that is totally dependent on a resource whose production will soon be falling. Since 1981, the quantity of oil extracted has exceeded new discoveries by an ever-widening margin. In 2008, the world pumped 31 billion barrels of oil but discovered fewer than 9 billion barrels of new oil. World reserves of conventional oil are in a free fall, dropping every year.
Discoveries of conventional oil total roughly 2 trillion barrels, of which 1 trillion have been extracted so far, with another trillion barrels to go. By themselves, however, these numbers miss a central point. As security analyst Michael Klare notes, the first trillion barrels was easy oil, “oil that’s found on shore or near to shore; oil close to the surface and concentrated in large reservoirs; oil produced in friendly, safe, and welcoming places.” The other half, Klare notes, is tough oil, “oil that’s buried far offshore or deep underground; oil scattered in small, hard-to-find reservoirs; oil that must be obtained from unfriendly, politically dangerous, or hazardous places.”