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This will be a multiple post entry because my communications textbook keeps telling me to KISS (though they claim it stands for “keep it short and simple.” I guess they don’t want to offend anyone by calling them stupid. Honestly, I wouldn’t mind if this particular textbook called me an idiot… I write “better” when I’m allowed to bend, or completely shatter, the rules of grammar.)

 

What is peak oil?

 

I’m going to start by stating a few very simple facts and apologizing in case I come off as condescending. I’m sorry if I come off as condescending.

Oil is a finite resource. That means that there’s only a certain amount of it and once that’s used, it’s gone. We could make more oil but it would take waaaaaaaay too long, so for simplicity’s sake we will say that oil is entirely irreplaceable (since we do not know how to make more before our current resources run out) and that there is only a fixed amount left.

We, as a planet, use oil at an incredible rate. It’s something along the lines of 86 million barrels a day.

If we use something and we only have a certain amount it will run out. I don’t care if you have a thousand apples, if you eat one apple a day and never get new apples, you will run out of apples (three years down the road. This ignores the fact that apples decay, but it’s a concrete example).

So, if we add all three together we get that we only have so much oil left, and we are rapidly using it. Which means that eventually oil will run out.
Simple, yes?

 

But, for all the naysayers who still claim that we have plenty of oil left, peak oil doesn’t really have anything to do with oil “running out.” It has to do with cheap oil running out. So if the price continues to rise faster than the economy can keep up with, we’re all in a lot of trouble. It doesn’t matter how many barrels of oil are still left in the ground when we hit that price threshold; Our oil dependent lifestyle can only take so much, beyond regular inflation, before things start to fall apart. Our daily lives depend on oil to such an extent that when oil prices rise drastically everything else skyrockets too. And when the rate of increase is beyond what regular inflation can handle, the economy starts to fall apart. I think one of the scariest examples is America’s expanding “heat or eat” crisis, where more and more families need to decide between food and heat. Specifically, when a family can only afford to turn the heat up enough to keep the pipes from freezing and since they’ve turned the heat on they cannot afford to feed their children adequately.

I’ve heard estimates that the tipping point will be when gas hits 4 or 5 dollars a gallon in the US. I don’t know if that will actually be the real point. I don’t think anyone will know when that point was until fifty years later. Rest assured that it is coming… unless we’ve missed it already.

 

I’m going to continue this post (tomorrow?) with things I’ve heard people claim to “prove” peak oil won’t affect them, and my thoughts.

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Hello world!

Welcome to my brand new blog!

Let’s get some things out of the way shall we?

 

~ This blog is, more or less, for me to vent. I’m going to be writing about a random mix of stuff. I see frequent posts about peak oil and climate change (look forward to a post about why I hate calling it “global warming”) and rants about commercialization. Maybe spatterings of politics or animals. Basically, I love to write and I’ve slowly been realizing that I have a lot to say.

 

~ I don’t intend to do a ton of research for anything I post here. If it makes sense to me and it’s from a source I trust I probably won’t do much beyond a bit of critical thinking. You want it to be researched, backed up and proven? Do it yourself! Because, really, why would you trust my findings anyway?

 

~ Posts here will not be on a regular schedule. Instead, they will be on a “I feel like writing basis.” Don’t worry, it’s not nearly as bad as it sounds: I almost always feel like writing. That being said, I won’t be apologizing for “missed posts” (which is one of my pet peeves. I mean, did people actually get angry because you were ten minutes late posting today? Explanations are great; apologies bother me).

 

Who am I? If you’re asking that it means I don’t know you personally. Oh wow! Someone is reading my blog!

Online I go by Teartaye. I’m a twenty two year old female living with my parents while I complete an Accounting certificate. I’m having a bit of trouble deciding what I want to be when I grow up and have dabbled in business law, psychology and biology. I debated being an architect, vet, horse trainer, farmer, forensic scientist, legal researcher, lawyer, and many, many other things. I have ADHD (the doctors argue over whether I’m an inattentive subtype or combined), so expect this blog to reflect that (hopefully not in the quality of writing).

I have dreadlocks. My favourite band is Hanson. Yes, that Hanson. I think watching The Wizard of Oz synced to Dark Side of the Moon is the coolest thing ever. I don’t watch much television, or listen to the radio very often. I currently have a 4.0 GPA. I hate partying. I devour thick books, but I couldn’t finish Lord of the Rings. I love animals. I’m a flexitarian, though I hope to be a vegan once I move out. I love to game, but I haven’t had any luck finding a group. I love the muffled quietness of a soft snowfall. The best part of the day is while the sun is rising.

None of this gives you a good idea of who I really am. I don’t really think that it’s possible to get to know someone through a cold, flickering screen. That’s okay. At least you have a bit of a picture to stereotype me around. Have fun!

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