I went to see Crude Awakening tonight, a film about our dependency on oil, and how quickly oil is running out, which will be in the next few decades. Honestly. It's not a scare thing or some green thing, and it's not about conserving oil, because that will prolong the pain for a just a bit longer.
There was a panel discussion afterwards with;
The implications for me, fall into a number or micro and macro areas.
1. Wars will increase to protect the remaining oil
2. Economic decline as we use up the remaining oil but bury our heads in the sand
3. Local change. Cars will be too expensive to drive, and plastics become too expensive to use.
4. Food will need to be transported locally
5. No more air travel!!
What can we do locally?
Support public transport, especially more trains and more train infrastructure. Campaign for a faster broadband infrastructure so less people have to travel to work. Make more people aware of Peak Oil
I really am having a deep think about what car or cars to own, what investments to have, and what things are going to decline, and where the growth areas are. Where to live relative to public transport and local schools.
The country with the greatest problem is America, which is totally oil and car dependent. America will economically crash,unless they start to do something radical over the next 5 years. Ken pointed out that European cities have a public transport infrastructure built before the age of the car. I wonder how China and India will be able to grow if they can't supply themselves with energy.
In the short term, the price of petrol will go up. What will this mean, over the next few years? At what point does the cost of running a car cease to be viable? When does the very high price of petrol begin to impact on the infrastructure and transport, as well as the local and world economy?
What's most interesting here in Australia, is what role coal is going to play in all of this. The film didn't mention coal!! it seems to me, that in the short-term, a vast increase in coal usage together with Five Ways to Save the World, is going to be the way forward!!