Thursday, March 11, 2010

Lets See How Far We've Come

Yeah well I believe it all is coming to an end
Oh well I guess we're gonna pretend
Let's see how far we've come
Let's see how far we've come

"How Far We've Come", Matchbox 20

This mania just can't keep going. Richard Heinberg in "Peak Everything", his follow up to best seller "The Party's Over", focuses on peaks in many categories: population, food production, climate stability and fresh water availability. We continue to be in "peak everything" mode. The psychology, the driving force behind it, still seems to be in denial. Our populace exhibits a strong sense of entitlement. "We deserve this!". Do we?? I guess that our enablers, the Chinese, still think so.

The outstanding public debt as of March 9, 2010 is 12, 559, 323,108,363.

I'm still dumbfounded by the linear thinkers that just can't grasp the fact that, yes, the party is over. We have to get back to normal historical levels for everything. As a country, we represent 4% of the world's population, yet we consume 25% of its resources. That "ain't" right. Not only is it wrong, it's unsustainable. A continued trend in this direction can only lead to major conflict. Our worldly neighbors just won't stand for it. Everyone wants and deserves a piece of the earth's "pie".
The chart below summarizes "how far we've come".

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