The Great Collapse
We are already seeing the signs of the great collapse. Indeed, this could be the greatest collapse of all time, rivaling the stories of atlantis. They
were undone (according to legend) by their technology, sounding familiar?At the beginning of this thread I placed a few quotes about peak oil and the
future of humanity. Population has exploded in the last few hundred years. Long term population chart:
Before the industrial revolution world population was rising and had hit roughly 1 billion people living worldwide. After the use of coal, oil and
other fossil fuels became routine for nearly everyone in the developed world population assumed a near vertical growth when looked at long term. The
only reason population has been able to grow this much is because of the use of fossil fuels. The end of oil will mean the end of a lot of people in
the future. The reason for the inevitable loss of life is that oil(and other fossil fuels) are essential to food growth and transportation. Oil is
used in both pesticides and products that enable food to be grown at about 4x the natural amount that could be grown in a given area. Second, most
food we eat is transported from a different state, often a different country. So if oil goes away, we have roughly a 75% drop in amount of food and a
huge drop in our ability to transport what food remains. Even if we convert to electric cars most countries still use coal for a lot of their energy.
If everyone charges their cars it will put more stress on coal supplies, which are also within about 15 years of peak already. Natural gas could hold
out for a while, but also will probably peak within 20 years if we begin to rely on it heavily. So, what do you think will save us, in the end?
Nuclear power could help but it has its dangers as well. We would also have to convert the world to electric cars within 5 years for it to have any
lasting effect. Plus, it takes over a decade to get a license and build and bring online a nuclear power plant. So at best it could put off the
inevitable if we started today.
1) Start growing your own food, now! If food supply drops off it is best to grow your own food and not rely on government to save you. I think most on
ATS would agree with me here.
2) Supply your own energy. If possible, have solar panels installed so you can have electricity even if the grid goes down. You can also use this
energy to power a hybrid car, or a hydroponics system.
3) Be faster than the slowest camper. Do everything you can to prepare. Buy one of the machines that converts humidity into liquid water just to be
safe. Protect your food and whatever you have when necessary. Innovate! Do what you need to get a leg up on your competition (in this case your
competition is everyone else). You don't have to be faster than the bear, just be faster than about half of the other campers!
1) Have some powerful friends, if possible.
2) When the time comes, establish a group that can support itself and be large enough to be safe if or when someone who wasn't prepared tries to
steal whatever you have.
3) Do not go bats*** insane when the SHTF. There will inevitably be large scale conflicts over resources. Keep a cool head, try not to be involved. If
there are actually large scale conflicts then there will inevitably be the destruction of resources on the losing side. It will only further
destabilize things and quicken the rate of death worldwide.
Please, do not rely on your governments or these mega corporations to save you. They are both amoral. As long as governments keep power and
corporations keep making money they will consider it a success. I wouldn't put it past goldman sachs to take out life insurance on everyone on earth
right before the SHTF. If we could collectively see past our own short-sightedness and greed we might get out of this scenario with relative ease, but
it has never before happened in human history, and I doubt it will in my lifetime. The 'elite' are some of the greediest of us all, although they
plan for the future more than the average person. They aren't short sightedm they just don't care. See the report on peak energy put out by the CFR
in the early 00's if you don't believe me. The CIA has also been acting as if peak oil were a very real problem back in the 1970s. Cheney's energy
task force was definitely acting as if it were very real. Look it up and come to your own conclusions. But don't say no one warned you.
Well there you have it, my take on peak oil and peak energy. If you have any questions feel free. Seriously, its always better to be prepared than not
prepared. I'm not telling you to crap your pants and run to the hills. Just do some simple things, at least buy some organic plant seeds so you could
grow food if you had to. I think in the next age a lot of city people will go back to farming...
[edit on 20-5-2010 by time91]