Learn about peak oil,
what it is and what it means for you. Learn why there is no better time
for self-sufficient living, food security and how to prepare yourself
for life without oil.
There is no better time to learn about self-sufficient
living. From a health aspect there is nothing
better than eating insecticide-free, organically grown produce straight
from your garden. And then of course there is that flash of pride in growing
your own food.
But more importantly, the world is
heading towards an oil crisis that is already unfolding in the form of
What is Peak Oil?
Having lived in the Middle East for 10
years surrounded by oil, one never gives it a thought that perhaps one
day the oil well would run dry. In fact, I never did. I had never heard
about the concept of Peak Oil until I picked up a book called "Choosing
Eden" by Adrienne Langman.
She spoke about Peak Oil and made
shocking revelations backed by research and statistics. I was numbed by
the statements as they rolled off each page. The bottom line: We were
passed the age of cheap oil, Peak Oil was already a reality for many
countries and within the next 30 -35 years from now we could be looking
at a world in collapse; a world without oil, and no adequate
alternative energy source.
As a mother of 3 and looking forward to
the stage in my life where I would have grandchildren the comments were
sobering. What sort of world would my children and their children be
living in? What about food security? Will they have access to enough
Is Peak Oil a Myth?
How was it possible that the Middle
Eastern countries were saying that their wells were good for another
80-100 years, and yet on the other hand we were reading about an oil
crisis? Well, it appears that there are many factors to this simple
No one really knows for sure how much
oil the Middle Eastern countries actually have. It remains a tightly
guarded secret. Secondly, world demand for oil increases by 2-3% each
year. And secondly there is Peak Oil.
When there was plenty of oil in the
ground it was cheap. Like any natural resource however, it is a finite
resource, and eventually it becomes less and less. New oil fields are
becoming fewer and fewer, and the existing oil fields are become less
productive. Peak Oil is the point just before the extraction of the oil
becomes less attractive financially because the volume being pumped, is
not as great as it was when the well was first opened. The oil that is
extracted starts to become less economically viable until eventually
the wells are abandoned.
The peak of new oil discoveries was in
1965, and oil production per year has surpassed oil discoveries every
year since 1980. You only have to go to the gas station and fill up
your car to know that the days of cheap and plentiful oil was something
that was around in the 70s, but certainly not today. Do we need to be
more self sufficient and less reliant on fossil fuels or is it all
Just How much Oil do we Use a Year?
The world at large consumes an average
of 30 billion barrels of oil per year, and the top oil
consumers largely consist of developed nations.
Is there Life after Oil?
What will happen to us when the
oil runs out?
What happens then after the oil runs
What happens to the 300 000 daily-used objects that
are made using
Many claim that we already have
alternative energy sources in the bag. Why worry? I'll tell you why we
should be worried, and why we should be looking at self-sufficient
living now before we are left high and dry, all clambering for a patch
of earth to grow our own.
is no alternative energy source
to date that is economically efficient. In other words it
costs more to
produce this alternative energy source than is cost effective. Growing
crops to feed cars and machinery is also flawed from a practical point
of view. The world has the capacity to sustain 2 billion people. There
are over 6 billion people on this planet and growing by the second.
Many of these people go to bed hungry. How can we possibly give up
producing food on our land to feed the starving masses and turn it into
bio-fuel to feed cars?
The most convincing argument is that
despite all of these
alternative energy sources, none has been found
that will replace aviation fuel. Trials
have been done of late using cooking oil to power planes, but it still
has been used in combination with aviation fuel, and usually only to
run one engine. So, despite, this, there is still no new technology
that can replace aviation fuel completely.
Did that make you suddenly stop you
dead in your tracks? I know I did when I read that for the first time.
A world without planes? Planes that we have relied on since the 1900s
to get us from one side of the world to the other. Planes that we have
relied on to bring food to our tables from all corners of the globe.
And finally, if we can learn to live
without planes, can we live the months and years it could take for
existing machinery to be converted to accept the alternative energy
sources that will be around then. And will we still be able to make
those indispensable everyday products that are currently made using
oil, with something else?
What products? I hear you asking.
Aspirin, bandages, antiseptics, movie film, toothpaste, tires, shoes,
cassette tapes, hearing aids, refrigerants, anything plastic, house
paint, eye glasses, contact lenses, curtains, credit cards, telephones,
carpeting, shampoo, detergents, trash bags, pajamas, pillows... Read a
full list of products put out by the American
What is Peak Oil to Governments and The Oil Industry?
Ask petrochemical engineers and
geologist what they think whether Peak Oil is a certainty and they will
tell you that it is not a case of if, but when.
However, governments and those propping up the oil industry have too
much to lose by coming clean. These bodies need to make sure that
confidence in the world's economy remains high. We saw what happened in
2009 when that wasn't there. The world's economy is built on
confidence, not on finance. When there is a lack of confidence, people
shed their shares overnight, markets plummet and soon people are
nervous. Will we recover or will we slide into a recession?
So don't expect your governments to
admit to Peak Oil, and certainly not the Oil sectors, because to admit
to Peak Oil and diminishing oil wells would catapult the world's
economy into a realm of catastrophic blind panic.
What Does this All mean for You?
You need to know that Peak Oil is not a
fantastical conspiracy theory, but it is a scientific fact. You need to
prepare for a life without oil and learn to live off the land as best
as you can. You need to know that where you live will determine how
well you will survive life without oil. Stuck in a city block miles
from farms where your food won't be trucked in makes you wonder how on
earth you will survive when the time comes.
Learn to be self-sufficient.
Self-sufficient living doesn't mean that you have to all rush out and
buy a farm. What it means is that you should be relooking at what you
are growing in your garden. The lawn looks great, but you can't eat it!
Learn to grow vegetables, herbs and fruit. Learn about medicinal herbs
and how to use them if you have to. Learn how to live
off the grid, because electricity is dependent on
What is Peak Oil to the Skeptics?
There are always skeptics with a
subject like this. Ask Noah! He could tell you about a couple! However,
I ask a question. Would you prefer to plan for something in 5 years and
find that it happens in 50, or would you prefer to plan for something
in 50 years and find that it happens in 5?
Peak Oil: The Final Word
Can you really afford to ignore Peak
Oil? If not for yourself, what about your children and your
grandchildren? What skills can you pass on to them now so that they
will be better prepared when it happens.
Be informed, be prepared, be
self-sufficient and learn old skills that could stand you in good stead
for the uncertain future. For more information, take a look at the
Video on Peak Oil
is a short version of the video "The End of Suburbia: Oil
Depletion and the Collapse of The American Dream", a
well-respected documentary about the end of the age of cheap oil.
BOOKS AND DVDs ON THE SUBJECT OF PEAK OIL AND THE
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