What Happens When The Oil Runs Out?
James WF Roberts
Do something for me. Look at everything around you, right now. Are sitting in on chair, or a couch? At desk, near a computer? Can you see the television from where you are sitting…the carpeted or tiled floor are all the same. And what about your clothes? Jewellery? Cosmetics, deodorants—iPods, Laptops—so where am I heading with this you may wonder.
Well, every second of our lives we are surrounded by petroleum based forms. Pretty much, everything we use, consume or produce is an oil-based structure. So, what’s the big deal? I hear you ask. Well, the big deal is could you survive for five minutes without Oil—could I survive? Could humanity survive at all, without any Oil, or petroleum bi-product?
This question we all will have to ask ourselves over the next few years. Governments, at both state and national levels, perhaps don’t really want to talk about this subject—because basically if we change our dependency on Oil and Petroleum products, our economy will self-destruct, and I hate to say this, but so will our way of life.
According to an article, recently published in the UK Newspaper, the Guardian,“ the world is much closer to running out of oil than official estimates admit, but the International Energy Agency is underplaying a looming shortage for fear of sparking panic buying, a report said overnight. The United States has played an influential role in encouraging the IEA to underplay the rate of decline from existing oil fields,” The Guardian said.
The newspaper cites an unnamed senior IEA official as saying the US has also encouraged the Paris-based organisation, formed to try to safeguard energy supplies, to overplay the chances of finding new reserves.
The article goes on to say that, ‘the allegations come ahead of this week’s publication of the IEA’s latest World Energy Outlook on oil demand and supply which many governments use to help guide their energy and climate change policies.
The last outlook predicted that oil production can be raised from its current level of 83 million barrels a day to 105 million barrels. “Many inside the organisation believe that maintaining oil supplies at even 90m to 95m barrels a day would be impossible but there are fears that panic could spread on the financial markets if the figures were brought down further,” the official said on the newspaper’s website.
“And the Americans fear the end of oil supremacy because it would threaten their power over access to oil resources,” he added.
A second unnamed source, a former IEA official, said a key rule at the organisation was that it was “imperative not to anger the Americans” but the fact was that there was not as much oil in the world as had been admitted.
“We have (already) entered the ‘peak oil’ zone. I think that the situation is really bad,” he added.
But, what is going to happen when it does completely run out? Will terror run the streets, will a Mad Max-esc energy race begin. Will we all be scattered in the wilderness, searching for energy, killing each other of barrels of oil and water? Of course eventually we have to find a new energy source, the way our economy and our society behaves now, is that we are addicts to whatever energy source we have.
Have we truly become blind? Have we gorged ourselves too long on our lust for Oil?
No matter what we use as a heat or manufacturing, or energy source, in general we exploit it until there is nothing left—that is just the way we have operated since the Industrial Revolution.
And of course the bigger problem we face is no matter what we use as an Energy Source what we use it for, whenever we create energy we create heart. The human body shows us this better than anything else that the media or that politicians who want to deny climate change, can ever show us. The more energy the human body create, running, jumping, stress, illness whatever, the more heat we create in ourselves, so is the energy even greater.
So judging by this argument, that the Earth is a living breath organism just like a human body, ergo you cannot deny climate change. But this is about Oil after all, and nothing else. But presumably everything has to end eventually so when it does what the hell are we going to do?
These are just some things to think about. But, if a solution is wanted, perhaps we need to re-adjust the economic structure of the planet, completely overhauling it until we get something that doesn’t really benefit mankind, as much as our system does now. What I mean is, if we get rid of our concept of money and greed that is the only way to fix the energy and climate change problems.