Monday, December 27, 2004

where the red necks are

Good permaculture article referenced from the Energy Bulletin.

One of the things that drives me nuts about peak energy is the aftermath. I'd love to live on a farm and raise my own food. I worry that my dainty hands are better suited to raising and lowering a cubicle chair, rather than milking the pigs or collecting popcorn in the fields under a noon day sun.

I got skills. I can order knick-knacks on EBay, I can merge through seven lanes of traffic, I can even feed my goldfish. It hardly needs to be said that the value of these skills has peaked, and will steadily decline over the next twenty years.

Who among us has useful post oil peak skills? Is being smart and adaptable enough, or does that equal a one way ticket for re-education at some hypothetical Mid Western Gulag?

So I am a big fan of permaculture, and also high tech, low energy solutions for the future. I truly hope that certain urban areas will be livable as described in the top referenced article. I can grow food on a small scale and be a good neighbor. That I would like. Maybe my plot can be zoned for beer trees.

The pragmatic side of me says that for every green city like Portland, there will be a devastated wasteland like Phoenix or Las Vegas.

It is a matter of no small curiosity on my part to see how the USA will deal structurally with Peak Oil.

Millions of displaced and dispossessed humans, rummaging about.


At 7:31 PM, December 30, 2004, Blogger DarkSyde said...

I really think the easiest high demand skill to know how to do is make drugs/alcohol. Everything from how to grow poppies and turn them into morphine, to how to make sulfa anibiotics, grow pot, make liquor, extract insulin from farm animals without killing them, etc. That stuff would be worth gold.

At 5:26 AM, December 31, 2004, Blogger monkeygrinder said...

The insulin thing is a big deal. I have a diabetic friend, I suspect many of us do. It is an epidemic in America. I worry about all the unmentioned details of the aftermath of peak oil.

No matter how much we try, we are speculating big picture stuff. Forecasting peak oil is like trying to forecast the weather. We might be able to spot overall trends, and miss a million details that will affect us on a personal level.


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