Monday, June 07, 2010

"Peak oil" concerns create a "collapsitarian" movement

Peak Oil is back on the table of sustainability parlance, according to an article on p 19 of the Sunday June 6 New York Times by John Leland, “Imagining life without oil, and being ready”, link here.

A significant minority of citizens believe that a fiat economy can collapse once it becomes apparent that oil supplies will constantly shrink, because no other centralized energy source is practical. Of course, such pessimistic views don’t factor in the possibility of local solar and wind energy (even on homes), and eventually a fleet of automobiles that don’t need oil to run on.

The same arguments envision locally grown organic food and accepting a degree of local interdependence as essential to sustainability. I suppose they could comport with the “natural family” argument, although that mindset is often put out by conservatives in a manner that envisions a world of plenty.

The paper article uses the term “collapsitarians”, rather than survivalists – as somewhat a concept that can come from the political left as well as right.

Netflix offers a 2007 film directed by Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack about peak oil, “A Crude Awakening”. And two Canadian documentaries by Gregory Greene, “The End of Suburbia” and “Escape from Suburbia” also examine peak oil.

Video on peak oil from Journeyman pictures.  There is a longer video (45 min) that I'll have to track down.

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