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A town somewhere will get its collective ass in gear and become self sufficient. They will make their own power, supply their own water, and produce their own food. They will even manufacture their own goods.
The OPEC heavyweight saw production decline by 237,000 barrels per day (bpd) from three-decade highs of 10.047 million bpd in November, the JODI data showed on Sunday.
The draw-down was sharper for the actual amount exported, declining by 440,000 bpd, or 5.6 percent, to come in at 7.364 million bpd, the data also showed. The level would still be similar to exports after a steep ramp-up last June.
Originally posted by poet1b
reply to post by works4dhs
Essentially, all the Muslim states are welfare states, who depend entirely on oil for sustenance. Their populations have boomed, living off of the wealth of oil, and as it runs out in the next few years, they will become very desperate. Large numbers will seek to migrate to other countries. This will be the largest source of global tension. Rather than a WW II type global war, we will see wide spread gorilla warfare. Attitudes about peace are probably going to be changed very radically in the near future.
Originally posted by works4dhs
the real wild card in the near future is Islam. will they use their petro power to force Europe to convert? wouldn't be surprised. things in that part of the world could really get hopping (not that they aren't now) if/when Al Mahdi shows up (he's expected).
I'm not convinced global warming is real but certainly plenty of people think it is, which colors actions.
this idea of community power plants etc is intriguing; I don't know enough about utilities to know if that's feasible. I've never seen a plant that wasn't humongous.
this community thing sounds good but has been tried many times before. it only works if everyone is the same mindset, or some Authority can coerce cooperation. small groups can work but with numbers comes that tipping point when people lose motivation ('why should I bust my butt all day for old Mrs. Goober's welfare?').
do we see food as a future issue? I've heard a ton of stuff last few years about shortages.
one more wildcard; Yellowstone / New Madrid / San Andreas / Cascadia. how would a major major disaster affect the USA's foreign policy, as well as it's power to project? if we're spending all our time/resources digging out of quake will we turn our back on Israel, encouraging Iran etc to overrun them? would nukes result?
stay tuned kids, details at eleven...