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Michael C. Ruppert: Peak Oil and the end of the human race is perhaps just a few years away

presidential-energy-policy-coverEnergy Bulletin has an interesting interview with Michael C. Ruppert, author of "A Presidential Energy Policy: Twenty-five Points Addressing the Siamese Twins of Energy and Money", about peak oil and the end of cheap oil.

"Peak Oil is not just the end of globalization. I was saying clearly that globalization was dead five years ago. It was obvious. But Peak Oil is potentially the end of the human race and that outcome is perhaps just a few years away unless the human race essentially throws every ideological sacred cow out the window and starts with a fresh piece of paper.

[…]The collapse of industrial civilization within the next five to ten years (perhaps sooner) is inevitable. It is the degree of collapse, what is destroyed in the collapse, how many people will have to die in the collapse, and what will survive the collapse that I and many others are fighting for now. That is what every human being should be concerned about and nothing less. Pursuing options while not rapidly disengaging from the current economic paradigm of infinite growth is the only real issue confronting the entire species. To not do that will be literally to consign unborn generations and those under 40 to death or a living hell."

Read the whole interview over at Energy Bulletin.

Also watch George Monbiot interviewing Fatih Birol, International Energy Authority’s chief economist, about the new startling and worrying prediction for the date of peak oil.

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An informative article if not a bit pessimistic and close minded in it's inability to see hope. It seems as though while probably accurate with most of his facts Mr. Ruppert underestimates the ability of society to correct itself in the face of ever increasing pressure. Perhaps he is being intentionally alarmist in an effort to initiate this process. The problem is that in taking such an extreme stance he really severs his message from those who might simply tag him as an alarmist. In other words his stated viewpoints will alienate to the same extent they inform.

-The Ecologist


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