Sunday, November 28, 2010

Just walk away?

Stuck in a deep and stubborn recession

Possible peak oil has come and gone without official recognition

Possible abrupt climate change underway

The recession prevents real action on the two fronts we should be addressing with unprecedented vigor. Both fronts have the same enemy: fossil fuels.

We ordinary, working class citizens don't know what peak oil looks like. We did notice the $4/gal spike a couple years back... but that was attributed to speculators. It's a no-brainer that oil will cost more as the demand outstrips supply. There are abundant alternative oil sources, but they cost more to exploit.

Nobody, not even the most educated and insightful climatologist can tell us what abrupt climate change looks like. But I'll go out on a limb and say the onset of melting tundra is what it looks like.

We bought into the American dream. Buy the biggest house you can afford and fill it with stuff. The stuff crusade went crazy. Stuff we bought last month was obsolete. Nobody wanted old stuff, so into the landfills it went. Even the Goodwill got picky. Now we're trapped. Or are we?

Can we just walk away? Gather our like thinking friends and family and migrate north? Sell what we can, leave what won' sell?

HT Lou @9
Facing the consequences

A billion people will lose their homes due to climate change, says report

Still looking out to 2100... need more information about the next two decades.

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