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August 24, 2004

George Monbiot Reveals the Truth of the Project.

It is rare to see the plan so neatly explained. Georges Monbiot in the Guardian today:

As we are pumping 82m barrels of oil a day at the moment, what Pickens is saying is that global production has peaked. If he is right, then the oil geologist Kenneth Deffeyes, who announced to general ridicule last year that he was "99% confident" it would happen in 2004, has been vindicated. Rather more importantly, industrial civilisation is over.
Not immediately, of course. But unless another source of energy, just as cheap, with just as high a ratio of "energy return on energy invested" (Eroei) is discovered or developed, there will be a gradual decline in our ability to generate the growth required to keep the debt-based financial system from collapsing.

Well, no Georges. There is nothing about peak oil production that industrial society cannot deal with, nothing that states that if we have reached that peak industrial society is over nor anything about economics that you have not misunderstood.
This is amusing as well:
Given that our governments balk even at raising fuel taxes,

in the country that has the highest fuel taxes in the world.
And this is the solution:
Tinkers' Bubble is 40 acres of woodland, orchards and pasture in south Somerset. It was bought by a group of environmentalists in 1994, and a dozen people moved in, applied for shares and built themselves temporary houses.
They imposed a strict set of rules on themselves, which included a ban on the use of internal combustion engines on the land. They made a partial exception for transport: the 12 residents share two cars.
Otherwise, the only fossil fuel they consume is the paraffin they put in their lamps. They set up a small windmill and some solar panels, built compost toilets, and bought a wood-powered steam engine for milling timber, some very small cows and a very large horse.

Yeah, right on Georges. Just what we really need, 12 people (no doubt with various children after 10 years) should live on 40 acres. Just over three acres apiece, somewhere around the level of a medieval peasant.
Actually, it's 3.3 acres each. According to this:
Tracking the ecological overshoot of the
human economy
Mathis Wackernagel*†, Niels B. Schulz‡, Diana Deumling*, Alejandro Callejas Linares§, Martin Jenkins¶, Valerie Kapos¶,
Chad Monfreda*, Jonathan Lohi, Norman Myers**, Richard Norgaard††, and Jørgen Randers‡‡

which is the paper that introduces the concept of ecological overshoot, there are 21 billion odd acres of farm, pasture and forest land. That is 3.5 acres for each of the 6 billion humans. Note that this includes all forest land.
Great, so Georges' solution to the non-problem of peak oil production is that we should occupy and peasant farm every single acre of biologically productive land on the planet. Hey, way to go Georges, that sure solves the biodiversity problem once and for all doesn't it?
Sheesh. Can't these people do joined up thinking?

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Say, isn't this just a variation on an age-old theme? The World is ending, head for the hills?

I'll bet a highlight for them was the weeks before December 31, 1999.

Posted by: Gordon | Aug 26, 2004 2:44:20 AM

Indeed it is. One day they'll be right of course but not this time.

Posted by: Tim Worstall | Aug 26, 2004 9:31:35 AM

I'd just like to state for the record that anyone who pushes farm living as an ideal has never tried it. I'd love to watch these Hollywierd nitwits actually get up at the butt-crack of dawn and work their asses off until sunset. Without servants to help them. On about 15-1800 Kcals a day. Not some half-assed reality show, but doing it for real.

Posted by: Cybrludite | Aug 29, 2004 5:10:29 PM