Beware the ides of Peak Oil.
February 28, 2012 7:43 PM Subscribe
Is the world going to go to hell when we run out of oil?
posted by Chutzler to Grab Bag (24 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
So a few years ago the price of gas in the US went through the roof, relatively, and the price of everything seemed to increase, especially food, due to increased transportation costs. Since then I've been gently mulling over oil's depletion and the possibility of a subsequent Total Global Collapse, and I've met a few not-insane people who are preparing for something like this (not cold war fallout-bunker-style, just preparing themselves to quit everything and move into the woods come "Judgement Day").
Are we doomed to futures akin to "Mad Max" and "Waterworld"? I suppose a reliable projection of the global oil supply and a gauge of our ability to "switch over" to other means of energy would be pretty good indicators, but that wouldn't account for the amount of STUFF that's still oil-derived (plastics, Everything Else, et cetera).
It seems impossible to find any information about this that isn't laced with belligerence or political venom of some sort.
Long story shorter, I'm wondering if I'll have to drop whatever I'm doing in the world to head home, pick up a gun, and defend my family. I'm only half-kidding.