The Great Delusion — End of Surburbia

I watched “The End of Surburbia”. This was a great documentary on life after the peak of oil production.

The consequences of inaction in the face of this global crisis are enormous. What does Oil Peak mean for North America? As energy prices skyrocket in the coming years, how will the populations of suburbia react to the collapse of their dream?

The end of cheap oil is coming soon. Our whole system economics, food production, warfare, transportation is dependent on a cheap energy source. In our case we have based it on a finite resource that will end in our lifetimes. But, it is not simply about the resource ending, but it will cost so much to extract it in the latter stages, that it will not be worthwhile. The decentralized infrastructure of our society depends on cheap transport. But there are really no go alternatives in sight. Society has to be changed to reflect the diminishing energy reserves, otherwise life after the crash will be a living nightmare.

This is the greatest challenge facing civilization today. Yet we are being distracted by our toys, celebrities, investments, and Orwell’s endless war or the so called —”War on Terror”. I made my usual RRSP contributions this year and was told that I have a “shortfall”. I am not investing enough now to retire at a comfortable age, but if I were to invest more, everything would be alright. I wanted to ask about “peak oil”. What would that do to the ever rising economic growth curve. But, what would be the point. I could be talking about other mythical creatures, Santa Claus, or the boogey-man.

There is a conspiracy of silence. Has there been any real mention of peak oil in mainstream culture or media ? Not one drama or news story has covered it on my casual viewing forays. Do people not know or do they simply not care ? It is like Vesuvius blowing smoke and rumbling before the big blast, looming, ominous before burying the citizens of Pompeii as they went about their last activities.

Unlike earthquakes, no volcano ever erupts without warning signs. The ground swells and earth tremors increase in size and number as fresh magma fights its way towards the surface.

We have received warning after warning. When the time comes our great leaders will say that “we did not know.” Our children will look askance at our greed. But, human society will continue; those that are not dependent on oil or on technology will survive the best. The rest of us can be vanquished as a poor evolutionary choice for the human race.

Unless we use some foresight . As a race or as individuals foresight lasts till the next hour.


4 responses to “The Great Delusion — End of Surburbia

  1. icanplainlysee January 22, 2007 at 5:29 pm


    You do a great job of giving life to the old children’s fable Chicken Little, proclaiming the sky is falling in just about every post.

    Well, my guess is life for you wouldn’t be much fun if drama wasn’t involved.

    Try and enjoy yourself.

  2. fadi420 January 22, 2007 at 6:00 pm

    apparently u cant plainly is people like u that governments love..snuff the truth and live in ignorance..

  3. niransab January 23, 2007 at 3:05 am

    Thanks for reading every post. Thank you for also demonstarting the great Republican tactic of associating two incongrous ideas — the fable and the my apparent views without any real shred to link them. Then to further the comment by stating how I need drama in my life for “fun”. Your comment does not add debate to the post, merely smoke and misdirection, not unlike some Presidents in power.

  4. royalbblood November 13, 2008 at 12:19 am

    Am not an American, but its easy to see that this imminent crisis is not only real but logically and methodically cumming to past. The evidence is there. the oil wars .. what does America need to pick a fight with Iran , why would propaganda on Chavez be so important in shaping how Americans look at him people . Where is the weapons of mass Destruction in Iraq no one has found any yet.
    The leading media and the distraction of Hollywood of course has the world in a daze and so truth becomes errors and errors seem as truth.
    I now understand when the bible says there would in Daniel 12: 1: And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a TIME OF TROUBLE, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

    EG white spoke about it a time of great tribulation such that was never seen on the earth before…

    So the culmination of all these crises must mean something . the financial crisis , the end of oil crisis, the end of suburbia . Its not hard to envision chaos.

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