The world is much closer to running out of oil than official estimates admit, according to a whistleblower at the International Energy Agency who claims it has been deliberately underplaying a looming shortage for fear of triggering panic buying.Coincidentally, I bought Carbon Shift: How the Twin Crises of Oil Depletion and Climate Change Will Define the Future (edited by Thomas Homer-Dixon) today. The authors of the various essays agree that humanity's future is going to be drastically unlike our experience during the Age of Oil. Thomas Homer-Dixon winds up the book by stating that " a carbon shift - either voluntary or involuntary - is now unavoidable." And, if the whistleblower at the IEA is correct, the involuntary carbon shift is much closer than previously thought. Perhaps we, as a country, and humanity as a whole, should ration carbon fuels and use what we still have left to build a way of life that isn't so dependent upon hydrocarbons? Sweden is planning exactly that..... why can't the rest of the world?
Tuesday, November 10, 2009