Indian Country getting ready for Global Warming, Peak Oil

Actually former Ralph Nader/Green Party running mate Winona LaDuke reports GW is ALREADY impacting many Reservations, being rural and poorer than most of the U.S.

I guess I have to add that yes, “they’re gathering firewood like crazy” — nothing like Winter in September!¬† ūüėČ

City farming grows

Good thing, with the Perfect Storm coming: Peak Oil, Global Warming, yada yada yada.¬† But I don’t think you can really call it “subsistence” if you’re not subsisting on it, if it’s merely supplementing your bought-food — as good an idea as it can be.

Peak Oil breaks into MSM

He said it, I didn’t.¬† (Not since October anyway.)¬† The analyst in the video accompanying this page 1 WSJ article (link will probably break) wondered if the Oil Market is already factoring-in Peak Oil as part of its skyrocketing prices (being passed along to us in everything from the gas pump to the fresh food section, ie, widespread inflation with no end in sight!).¬† Farther down, the Journal itself says P.O. theory is spreading among industry executives, who I imagine don’t tend to put much trust in miracles like the PO-denial crowd does.¬† WSJ also points out that in November the International Energy Agency (not to be confused with the Intl Atomic Energy Agency) – in a story I don’t remember hearing about! – forecast that by 2015 – 7 years from *now* – the world could fall 12 million barrels a day short of demand.¬† “By” means BEFORE!!!

What could be worse?¬† Well, according to the Journal, the IEA tends to be optimistic, driven by politics vs. science (kind of like the Global Warming committee, the Intl Panel on Climate Change!), which means if they predict bad news, it’s gonna be WORSE!!!¬† (They missed China, and the current spikes.)

Even worse?¬† They say even the oil-owned U.S. government’s own forecaster is also pessimistic if you read between the lines!¬† (Though I note the Journal wants us to believe there’s “political turmoil in Venezuela,” probably anticipating a U.S. invasion.¬† They also strove mightily to end on a positive note, as I said, trusting in miracles.¬† As an Orthodox Christian, I believe in miracles.¬† I just don’t think you can plan on or expect them, like Western Chrstians do!)

Worse yet?  ABC World News Tonight picked up the story.  Look out world!

One thing PO theorists don’t seem to factor-in is noted in the ABC AP version of the story, quoting a source:

Up to now, we have seen that the international oil companies were responsible for bringing a big chunk of the oil to the markets. Now, in many cases, since existing reserves are declining, a big part of oil will need to come from national oil companies. And they have their own conditions, their own context.

They don’t say why this should be, but I believe it’s because governments that own oil companies aren’t about to go off the “Olduvai Cliff” – or let their high-paying customers do so – if they can help it.¬† Governments will invest taxes both in energy companies they own and in those they charter or regulate (ie, subsidize those that own them!) in an attempt to keep up and increase production beyond what is “profitable,” the immediate driver of the PO cliff.¬† The thing is, we’ll all pay for it one way or another, and the politics of it will be increasingly rough.¬† As for poorer countries without energy resources, they’ll slide downward sooner and/or faster, with even worse consequences, without international help – which will cost everyone else even more.

What are we ready for?  What can we get ready for?

A new reason for economic growth?¬† Is that even possible without oil (and natural gas)???¬† As they say, we don’t know of a natural source of energy more potent than oil/gas.¬† Coal is up there, but even more controversial.¬† That’s it for hydrocarbons!¬† Nuclear, with all its dangers inherent (accidents, waste, etc.) and external (terrorism)?¬† Plus how long does it take to propose and bring a new reactor online – 20 years??? – and more controversial yet!

Fight back, Drive 55.

U.S. liberals’ progressive conservatism(!)

To hear “conservative” politicians and “pundits,” we try to get government¬†to help¬†the needy, sick, and disabled,¬†as a way of buying their votes, that is, bribing them.¬† Same with labor and workplace rules for workers and unions … public education for kids(?) and the teachers’ unions … a little more social justice, for city people’s, women’s, people of color’s, immigrants’, and gay people’s votes¬†… reduced censorship and looser broadcast content guidelines for, well, pornographers’ and bohemians’ and atheists’ votes, I guess … Evolution and equality and compassion in said public schools, for, I dunno, Unitarians’, “social engineers’,” and wimps’ votes? … environmentalism for the treehuggers’, EarthFirsters’, and eco-terrorists’ votes … “well-regulated” firearms control for the “jack-booted thug” vote I guess? … and peace, for the huge Muslim vote in this country!

They talk as if we’ve all devoured the Communist Manifesto and Das Kapital, the Quran, Gustavo Gutierrez and Chairman Mao and Madalyn Murray O’Hair, all ‘baddies’ like that.¬† We’re all free-loving, swinging, acid-dropping, rock-and-roll-listening(!),¬†non-breeding¬†stereotypes from the ’60s – just like they sound!

With my own life’s study and observation, I think the large number of native-born Americans – I don’t have alot of in-depth exposure to Americans born elsewhere at this time – being American (small-R) republicans, *are* somewhat ‘ideological,’ very much attached to the words of this country’s¬†individual liberties, to the vote (preferably free and clean and counted correctly – How hard is that?!), to the Constitution of 1787 as amended and generally as interpreted, and to our accustomed, historical/evolved¬†form of Rationalized Capitalism.¬† I also think the large number of them, being what might be called center-left in social ethics(!), or such awful terms like ‘caring’ or ‘sensitive’ or ‘polite,’ also believe this status quo isn’t perfect yet, has generally been getting better through the labor of alot of people in our society over the years, and can always be tweaked and improved: “Our best days are yet to come.”¬† We care about the Common Good, generally for those worse-off than ourselves in this country and abroad, even those different from ourselves.¬† On a personal basis we are the most philanthropic in the world (though as I’ve said, that may be in part because morally¬†we have to be, since per population or economy, our government is not; in any case, it’s not enough to meet the need and the Common Good).¬† We generally support fairness especially to those worse-off, even some extra help if they really need it and we can give it.¬† Our biggest problem is such a disconnect with our government that we always feel overtaxed, but when we’re correctly informed, we’re often even ready to adjust our stances in politics, economics, ecology, society, etc., not because we “flipflop,” but because we discover we didn’t know as much as we thought we did about this or that situation.¬† It’s a big country, after all, and an even bigger world!

Therefore, when our critics and (supposed) ‘betters’ accuse us of mere cynical angling for power for power’s sake, such charges are patently false.¬† We don’t wage “class war,” though some of us seek to *end* the one being waged against us!¬† And we certainly didn’t make up Global Warming because we thought it’d put us back in power, but we espouse doing what we can about it because we just don’t want the planet to¬†FRY as much over the next couple thousand years!!!¬† I don’t want to engage in potentially false gainsaying, but in the era of Karl Rove, it seems our critics doth protest too much!

In fact, IOTM that the large number of native-born Americans display qualities of progressive conservatism or Red Toryism, of a kind not entirely unlike what I’m constantly discussing in this blog!¬† Obviously relatively few have studied the British, Canadian, and Australian constitutions and legal and political systems, or other comparative government, or consider themselves Monarchists at this time, or explicit critics so much of Classical Liberalism or Modernity, or, obviously, Orthodox Christians.¬† But this is only to be expected in an environment of over two centuries of school and media brainwashing.¬† But the large number of native-born Americans¬†show signs of convinceability, if the truth, the facts, the history and the causes of things,¬†can be gotten out to them, and they can be reminded to think carefully before they vote or lobby, and to remember that what unites us is far greater than whatever may be perceived as dividing us.¬† Their real ‘conservatism’ manifests itself as it is able, in a country where we exiled or suppressed our true Classical Conservatism, and where heartless, brainless, even unFaithful and traitorous actions masquerade under the name of “conservatism” today.¬† Actually, as I recently read someone else suggest, we are the ones, in the absence of any other relatively-viable alternative at this time, seeking to ‘conserve’ what good there may be from the republic as described above, while our critics and ‘betters’ defy the agreed Constitution, undermine its interpretation, neuter Congress and the States, and risk “World War 3” several times over, in the last few years alone.

Which is why I blog.

OTOH, our critics are the ones who show signs of¬†blind faith in¬†innovative, false, artificial, unrealistic, inhumane, lethal, unChristian, Classically Liberal and Modernist¬†ideologies … of hypocrisy, cynical manipulation,¬†divisiveness, and incivility¬†… of sinister agenda on behalf of a minority of vested interests … of moral and ethical corruption … of military, foreign policy, fiscal, and intelligence-management malfeasance, misfeasance, and/or nonfeasance … of¬†lost Sovereignty over our own and other countries’ created corporations … of “voodoo economics” which basically are the single biggest cause of most of¬†our people’s real material problems for the whole last generation, such as increased hunger and homelessness, falling wages and health-care coverage and assistance to the needy, rampant profiteering and offshoring instead of the promised reinvestment of corporate and wealthy tax giveaways, etc.

We’re driving ourselves to death

Best Place to Live for Global Warming AND Peak Oil

Just a reminder that when I started calculating this based on climate maps, I was thinking not only about GW but also PO.¬† Obviously anyplace COLD gets you out of GW, but if it makes you burn more fossil fuels for heat – your own, or your electric plant’s – it’s counterproductive.¬† Hence, Bay Area winters – on the wetter, cooler side – aren’t too chilly, and summers aren’t too hot for now, but this “sweet spot” will drift north over the generations.

Food can also be grown there in abundance, but then it’d compete with living space, employment space, etc.

Keep in mind that areas around  this area, while not as ideal, will be better than many.  There are other less-ideal spots around the world comparable to areas abutting this part of the Bay Area.  If I think about it, I may look into listing them.

Another lifestyle to consider is Snowbirding, ie, spending winters closer to the Equator, and summers farther away from it – water resources being equal, of course.¬† Jobs would have to migrate, too; I’m not sure exactly how you work that out.¬† What about two half-year jobs instead of one full-year job, with year-to-year guarantees/contracts of employment?