Coming Disaster: Peak Oil and Climate Change

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peak oil and climate changeAre We Running Out of Oil?

By The Nation Magazine and On the Earth Productions

The scientific community has long agreed that our dependence on fossil fuels inflicts massive damage on the environment and our health, while warming the globe in the process. But beyond the damage these fuels cause to us now, what will happen when the world’s supply of oil runs out?

Peak Oil is the point at which petroleum production reaches its greatest rate just before going into perpetual decline. In “Peak Oil and a Changing Climate,” a new video series from The Nation and On The Earth productions, radio host Thom Hartmann explains that the world will reach peak oil within the next year if it hasn’t already. As a nation, the United States reached peak oil in 1974, after which it became a net oil importer.

Bill McKibben, Noam Chomsky, Nicole Foss, Richard Heinberg and the other scientists, researchers and writers interviewed throughout “Peak Oil and a Changing Climate” describe the diminishing returns our world can expect as it deals with the consequences of peak oil even as it continues to pretend it doesn’t exist. These experts predict substantially increased transportation costs, decreased industrial production, unemployment, hunger and social chaos as the supplies of the  fuels on which we rely dwindle and eventually disappear.

Chomsky urges us to anticipate the official response to peak oil based on how corporations, news organizations and other institutions have responded to global warming: obfuscation, spin and denial. James Howard Kunstler says that we cannot survive peak oil unless we “come up with a consensus about reality that is consistent with the way things really are.” This documentary series hopes to help build that consensus. Click here to watch the introductory video.

See: Warming Oceans: Two Million Year Mass Marine Migration, WilderUtopia.com

Extreme Weather Linked to Greenhouse Gas Levels, WilderUtopia.com

Arctic Currents Warmest in 2000 Years, WilderUtopia.com

2010 Hottest Year on Record, WilderUtopia.com

Jack Eidt, “Rainforest Wilt: 2010 Drought in the Amazon,” WilderUtopia.com

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