Bland Dave Pollards (alltid matnyttiga) lördagslänkar fanns det senast tre stycken som han själv skrev ”inte var för den som har lätt för att bli deprimerad”. En handlar om den matbrist och de medföljande konflikter som Lester Brown förutspår. En handlar om nya uppgifter som talar om att klimatförändringarnas hastighet kan komma att bli mycket snabbare än väntat. Och den tredje länken är den dystraste av dem alla. Det är en intervju med Michael C Ruppert, aktuell med den här boken. Han är t o m mer pessimistisk än jag, skriver Pollard, och Pollard är rätt pessimistisk. Här kommer några citat ur intervjun:
”……Peak Oil is potentially the end of the human race and that outcome is perhaps just a few years away unless the human race essentially throws every ideological sacred cow out the window and starts with a fresh piece of paper. There are around five billion people alive today that were not sustainable before oil came along. There is no combination of alternative energies (nor will there ever be) that can possibly sustain the edifice built by oil. In the industrialized world there are ten calories of hydrocarbon energy involved in the production of every calorie of food. Our soils have been little more than infertile sponges onto which we throw massive amounts of chemicals derived from oil and natural gas.”
”In our world a farmer drives an oil-powered machine to plow fields. He or she then drives another oil-powered machine to plant seeds. Water for irrigation is — in most cases — pumped by electricity generated by coal, natural gas, and oil. Germany has made great strides in electrical generation through Feed-in-Tariffs which have exploded solar and wind generation but they do not resolve the whole equation. After seeds are planted and irrigated the crops are then sprayed with pesticides (derived from oil) and fertilizers (produced from natural gas). To harvest the crops the farmer then drives another oil-powered machine. Then oil is used to transport the food to processing plants and for subsequent distribution. Food is often wrapped in plastic (also oil) and frequently treated with chemical additives also derived from oil and gas.
Globalization has only compounded the issue by shipping food all over the world (wasting oil) for the sake of profit rather than sustainability. I live in California and can go to a market and find strawberries from Chile while Southern California grows great strawberries. This pattern is the same for most food consumed in industrialized countries. This only happened because cheap labour costs and less-stringent regulation became more important than common sense. Money overcomes logic every time. But just watching globalization end will not solve the problem. As I have said for years, globalization dies with cheap energy. There’s little point in fighting it anymore unless the struggle is in pursuit of a unified energy vision.”
”The collapse of industrial civilization within the next five to ten years (perhaps sooner) is inevitable. It is the degree of collapse, what is destroyed in the collapse, how many people will have to die in the collapse, and what will survive the collapse that I and many others are fighting for now. That is what every human being should be concerned about and nothing less.”
Bilden längst upp: banken HSBC´s indiska pr-byrå har, för att uppmärksamma klimatfrågan, klistrat ett flygfoto över New York på botten av en simbassäng. (via GroovyGreen)