jittery in Fresno
I've been watching the Unplanner's blog with interest the last few months.
Now, he has decided to pack in his California civic planning and leave the golden sunshine behind. Specifically, he knows what is in the sausage, and has no desire to be clusterfucked. He's got a family, and peak oil is setting up to hit the sun belt hard.
Packin' it in...so much for P.O. planning
1. It is over populated and growing too fast. Plain and simple, the demographics of this area scare me. Even though I live in what is considered rural in california terms, by non-CA terms it is still crowded. My county, is home to nearly 400K people and growing rapidly. What's worse is the population distribution indicates that a sizable portion of the population has YET to enter the child bearing age. Plus due to our relative inexpensive cost of living, thousands more are flocking to us each year.
2. Despite this county being larger than the state of Connecticut, most people are jammed into the North-western 20% of the county. The bulk of the land is occupied by 10K foot mountains.
3. Water. It only rains on average 8 inches of rain a year...
4. Socio economics...
I am sure some people will find this hysterical, overwrought.
I don't. I can't blame Unplanner for being worried.
8% decline a year. Will it be a smooth decline, or will every export country clam up and preserve fuels for local consumption? How do you build a monkey trap?
The United States is the biggest energy importer in the world, consuming over thirty percent of the global daily allotment of oil. What happens to the food supply if there is a six month supply disruption at the wrong time of year?
Lately, driving around, pondering highways stuffed full of cars, I mentally remove the guzzlers, trying to identify hybrids. Less than 1 in 100. SUV's are no longer high fashion, but that doesn't stop the nouveau riche from clanking around Redmond, WA in their Hummers.
And I don't live in California. It rains up here in Washington State, we've got plentifull rivers and fertile valleys, I could grow tomatoes in the soil outside my window tomorrow. (mmm, pesticides.)
California smells of asphalt and dust. And possibly, tragedy.
No one knows what is going to happen.
Listen to your intuition.