When Peak Oil and Peak Population Implode the Earth
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As the British historian, Toynbee, wrote ... “The U.S. will set a record in the rate of rise and fall of an empire. Between wide open borders and fall of the dollar and growing population against a declining resource base, the United States will be defeated from within.“
*The Oil Crash Documentary
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Mobs will rule the streets in the nation that is now the third largest in the world right behind China and India, and unable to support its population except by taking resources from other countries.
The Olduvai Theory states that the life expectancy of industrial civilization is about 100 years.
(1930) the beginning of Industrial Civilization
(1979) all time peak of world energy production per capita
(1999) the end of cheap oil
(2000) eruption of violence in the Middle East
(2006) all-time peak in world oil production
(2008) OPEC crossover when more than 50% of oil comes from the OPEC nations
(2012) permanent blackouts spread worldwide
(2030) world energy production falls to 1930 level
Future dates may vary but it is easy to see how, with the knowledge we have of peak oil, the world could slip into a Medieval or even Stone Age scenario. Even a Dark Ages world would be difficult to sustain with no coal and little wood to burn.
We are so dependent on energy that, unless we find some alternatives to hydrocarbon energy generation pretty quickly, we will find ourselves without the time or energy to switch.
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*The Social Contract
The cheap oil age created an artificial bubble of plentitude for a period not much longer than a human lifetime, a hundred years.
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.
The earth’s long-term population carrying capacity is between 0.5 billion and 2.0 billion people This vital but media taboo subject is detailed as follows:
- Professor Howard C. Hayden author of The Solar Fraud: Why Solar Energy Won’t Run The World, worked out the details, “The earth’s population has long since exceeded the numbers that could be supported by solar energy sources. The agricultural technology existing a mere century ago could not possibly feed the world’s billions.
For those who long for the good old days of a sub-billion population, it is useful to note that the only path to that end is for many billion people now alive to become dead, even if not one baby were to be born in the next thirty years.”
- Dr. Ross McCluney, Principal Research Scientist at the Florida Solar Energy Center, put it bluntly, “My warning of today: We are systematically taking apart the life support system of Planet Earth. We’ve exceeded the sustainable carrying capacity of the planet by a factor of 3. For everyone to live like the average North American it would take three Earths.”
- Lindsey Grant, author of The Collapsing Bubble: Growth and Fossil Energy and the former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Environment and Population Affairs, states, “The population of the less developed world has grown by two-thirds since 1950—and they were poor in 1950. The need for a fundamental shift in the ratio of resources to people in the poor countries may itself justify an optimum world population figure of one billion. Barring a catastrophe, it might take centuries to reach such figures, even with a determined worldwide effort.”
- Dale Allen Pfeiffer, author of Eating Fossil Fuels: Oil, Food and the Coming Crisis in Agriculture, writes, “Studies suggest that without fossil fuel based agriculture, the U.S. could only sustain about two thirds of its present population. For the planet as a whole, the sustainable number is estimated to be about two billion.”
- Paul Thompson, author of The Twilight of the Modern World: The Four Stages of the Post Oil Breakdown, describes the final stages of collapse, “Sooner or later, all the remains of our existing society will have gone, to become weed-clad ruins to rival those of the Aztecs and Mayans.
By now, everybody who is unable to convert to a sustainable, self-sufficient lifestyle would have died off, leaving only those living in independent communities to continue human history.
The world population may have fallen to as few as a thousand million, scattered in oases of agricultural land amongst deserts of buildings, rusting vehicles and forests.”
- Colin J. Campbell, gently but firmly sums it up: “We will have to change the way we live as oil production declines toward eventual exhaustion. I stress that it is the onset of terminal decline that is more relevant than the end of oil itself. It is not too soon to start thinking about what that may entail.”
It took mankind over 200 years to accept the Copernican theory and the species has yet to accommodate the Darwinian theory. There is little chance that it will face the looming decline of industrial civilization in time to change course.
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*The Olduvai theory states ...
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