Sunday, August 24, 2008

Seeing Peak Oil 51 Years Out

Sometimes a writer just nails it. This time columnist Rod Dreher wrote a great column in last Friday's Dallas Morning News , which reached way back and concluded:

A famed U.S. military leader has warned that the fossil-fuel supply on which American civilization depends utterly will run out someday in the 21st century and that our nation cannot afford to place our hope in "the sentimental belief that the things we fear will never really happen."

"I suggest that this is a good time to think soberly about our responsibilities to our descendants – those who will ring out the Fossil Fuel Age," said Adm. Hyman G. Rickover, father of the nuclear Navy.

In 1957. We've wasted a half-century of precious time, another non-renewable resource. We probably don't have another one to spare.
I've got nothing to add, except maybe we're beginning to wake up. Maybe just in time. Maybe not. I like that a military man fifty years ago could see clearly what many still cannot see today. Dreher's full column is here.

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