DON’T WORRY, DRIVE ON: Fossil Fools & Fracking Lies

In recent months we’ve seen a spate of assertions that peak oil is a worry of the past thanks to so-called “new technologies” that can tap massive amounts of previously inaccessible stores of “unconventional” oil. “Don’t worry, drive on,” we’re told.

We can fall for the oil industry hype and keep ourselves chained to a resource that’s depleting and comes with ever increasing economic and environmental costs, or we can recognize that the days of cheap and abundant oil (not to mention coal and natural gas) are over.

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  • http://thelongascent.blogspot.com John D. Wheeler

    The reason the peak oil side is losing the public relations battle is reason. There is a lot of oil left in the ground, and people have a hard time understanding concepts like EROEI. Concede the point that there is plenty of oil; hammer on the point that it is expensive and that the oil companies are greedy bastards that want to gobble up everyone’s money. THAT people can understand.

  • SomeoneInAsia

    It’s not just that the oil companies are greedy bastards; even if they aren’t, and even if there’s lots of oil left, the remaining oil is HARDER to get. MUCH harder. And its QUALITY is POORER too. And THAT’s why it’s now more expensive.

    What is there that people cannot understand about this?

  • http://users.eastlink.ca/~bxs/Pauls.html Brian Sanderson

    Actually, per capita oil production has been falling since the 1980′s. (Stylized plot at my website.) So the Oil Companies have been all talk and no substance for the last 30 years.

  • Stephen T. Knox

    Just maybe it’s because people will hear and believe what they want to, and ignore anything that does not confirm their version of how life should be.

  • Stephen T. Knox

    Summer is gone, and the living is easy. However gas is getting more expensive. It’s closing in on $4 per gallon in my neck of the woods, which is close to what it was around Memorial Day.

  • Martin Theodore’s

    If all oil was nationalized as in fact it is a world resource,a national resource,a resource of the commons,so to speak,then the price would be much lower and the consumer would have a very different view of using it as it would then be “his/her” and they would know its value and insist we all conserve , including themselves, insisting on public transportation,for example,insisting on mileage of say 50-60-70 miles per gallon,etc. So,just nationalize,many problems partially solved plus it is the right thing, our commons are exactly that, “OURS”

  • Alberto

    Martin, the only way to change from oil to other energy sources is to have a high price on oil, you don´t use resources in an efficient way when they are cheap.
    Governments have proved over the years to be the ones that use energy resources in the most stupid foolish ways.
    We should find a way of sharing the resources so everyone stops being afraid and running for his life and starts thinking and working into a new system for all of us.
    we should run into a resource based economy.
    Where consuming less is not a bad thing, but a good one.
    Where healing people or solving problems is good for the economy.
    Where growing is a bad thing for economy.