Business as usual

When I first started trying to tell people about peak oil, I was met with either outright denial or the comment, “if it’s so important why isn’t it front page news.”

Here’s a comment from one of the many peak oil discussion sites that explains why:

“It was only in February of this year that I first found out about Peak Oil, and I kept questioning it on the grounds that if it were true, that surely world governments would be ‘doing something’. It’s taken me some time to get my head around why they are not. The only ’something’ that can be done is to halt economic growth and therefore end current power structures by relocalizing just about everything we do. When those in power reach that conclusion they stick their heads back in the sand and hope that someone will find a mystery formula to replace oil, not to save humanity, but to save the ‘business as usual’ that is so detrimental to us all.” 

I don’t agree that they stick their heads back in the sand. They’re thinking and planning very carefully how to save their own skins while making sure that the rest of us are prevented from rocking the boat. Expect more and more repressive laws as systemic collapse unfolds. The desire to continue business-as-usual is also the reason why nothing will be done at government levels to seriously address the climate change issue.

So it’s up to us, folks. Ghandi said we must be the change we wish to see in the world. Get out there and change. Prepare for the coming crises. You won’t regret it.

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