An interesting take on the Peak Oil phenomenon, which is getting a growing amount of mainstream attention, from Worldchanging. In much the same way there was a groundswell of panic about Y2K in the later nineties- only to turn into mockery when the rushed fixes worked and there was no disaster- so it could be with the world’s dwindling oil supplies.
So here is my advice to peak oilers: after all is said and done, you’re going to be ridiculed, just as the Y2K people were (and still are) ridiculed. Not because you were wrong, but because you were right enough to keep the disaster from happening. In 2025, when most people in the world are driving cheap, Chinese & Indian-made battery/fuel cell/bioflexfuel hypercars, relying on smart agriculture to reduce or eliminate petroleum fertilizers, and using bioplastics as raw fabber materials, those reminded of the “peak oil” scare are going to look around and say:
“Peak oil? What a bunch of nuts. Look — nobody actually drilled in the Arctic Wildlife Preserve or off the California Coast, ExxonMobil went out of business because nobody needed their liquified coal “oil,” and people were more freaked out by oil at $60 a barrel than at $120 a barrel. Where were the wars, the starvation, the collapse of civilization and the ATMs spewing out money we were promised?”
When you hear them say that, feel free to smile and nod, and know that you were right.