Sunday, August 14, 2011

Peak Population
Seven Billion miracles is enough
how will we feed nine billion people without petroleum?

"Two views are vying for the allegiance of humankind. One is the status quo -- more industrialized growth, leading to a computerized world of 12 billion people surviving as a global ant heap. The other is a transformed civilization based on wisdom, restraint and caring."
-- Jerry Brown, Earth Island Journal, Winter 1997

The cheap oil age created an artificial bubble of plentitude for a period not much longer than a human lifetime, a hundred years. … So, I hazard to assert that as oil ceases to be cheap and the world reserves are toward depletion, we will indeed suddenly be left with an enormous surplus population … that the ecology of the earth will not support. No political program of birth control will avail. The people are already here. The journey back to non-oil population homeostasis will not be pretty. We will discover the hard way that population hypergrowth was simply a side effect of the oil age. It was a condition, not a problem with a solution. That is what happened and we are stuck with it.
-- James Howard Kunstler, The Long Emergency (2005)

"simple", we don't as usual in history
"When the generals talk peace, they are preparing for war.", Berthold Brecht
"and" we still listen to religions, banksters and politicians
we are a dumb ape species, fooled by shiny mirrors, gadgets and holy fantasies
guess our human level of idiocy makes us "deserve" to be "extinct"


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