posted on Jun, 20 2005 @ 10:57 AM
The following is just an idea, I make no claim of this being true, nor offer any proof....just something to contemplate.
The DoE for years has recognized the peak potential of non-renewable resources. Having delt with oil peaking in the US in the 70's, the fear of a
world peak became a signifigant player in energy policy.
Come 2000-2004 the world was faced with increasing demand in areas like China and Africa. The time line was bumped up and the slope toward the peak
was getting steeper. American demand for oil was also continuing to rise with the wealthy nation demanding travel energy for vaccations and
After the events of 9-11-01 American Markets went into shock and the adminstration of ex-oil executives cashed in on the opportunity to boost thier
profits. And no one called them on it for a good reason.
Padding the wallets of the oil exec was side effect of testing and changing the american public. Seeing how high the gasoline and oil prices could be
pushed before casugin people to look into hybrid cars and talking about the oil that was always in the background was more important than keeping oil
companies in check.
Once the limit of change was found, the DoE knew what it would take to get people to buy hybrid cars and debate the consuption of oil. In addition,
the demand for oil pushed companies to look into new source of oil and to build new piplines and get an of how much oil flow we could sustain.
The key effect of the war in Iraq, and other pressures on oil price was not to make BP and other companies rich, but to change the mind of the oil
consuming public. To get people to value saving gas and understand the role oil plays in all our lives.
The effect was to make people aware, at least in a small way, how oil impacts thier life. All this so that people start to change and look at thier
consuption. Preparation for the coming problems over the next 50 years while we change from an oil world to multi-energy source world.
The peak of any resouce is a rough time and the best way to face it is to control the way a population sees the problem. Having people complain about
gas prices now and debate world event in relation to oil is power and community building. So in 10-15 years when prices start to reach unbalancing
levels, people are already talking and looking at alternatives.
And yes, this means the government is on our side. That while sub-cultures were aware of the issue at hand, the general population was not...until
This is social politics and engineering at work. This is how we survive.