This article appeared in yesterday’s morning newspaper. I find it very worrying.
What worries me is this:
In the industrial world (which includes our country), we have built a whole way of life around a finite, non-renewable energy supply, one that we have become totally dependent upon for our food and water.
Ninety-one percent of that supply for our particular country comes from overseas.
If that supply failed for any reason, no-one in our government knows how much we have in reserve.
No-one in our government is even preparing for what might happen in the event of a supply failure.
If that supply failed, in very short order, transport would come to a grinding halt. No food deliveries to shops, no ambulances, no fire services, no police.
What would you do in such a situation? Are you prepared? Does it even worry you?
I’ve been told, when I try to bring this to people’s attention: “they will think of something”.
If ‘they’ haven’t thought of it by now and aren’t even bothering to think about it, then where does that leave us?.
On a similar matter, this came from a recent commenter at Our Finite World blog:
The possibility that something bad could happen, and that governments would not warn people, is beyond people’s understanding.
And a commenter in reply said:
It’s entirely arguable whether governments warning people, especially if they suspect the worst is coming, is even advisable.
The thought that pretty much everything we need depends on the continued operation of that one refinery in Singapore, well….it doesn’t actually keep me awake at night, but pretty close to it.
I keep a year’s supply of food in the cupboard; I have a water tank; a toilet that doesn’t need to be flushed; a reasonable but far from perfect food garden; 3 means of cooking (electricity, gas & wood) and (I hope), supportive neighbours.
Still I don’t like the thought of what might happen. I don’t like being dependent on a system run by a group of people who haven’t a clue and care even less about people like me.