Note: As we at GJEP are careful to point out, merely saying goodbye to fossil fuels is not sufficient. We must fundamentally transform the system that drives fossil fuel production and consumption and that keeps the 1% rich and the rest of us subordinate. Until we do that, we risk eliminating fossil fuels only to have them replaced with alternative energies that can be just as, if not more, destructive–and prolonging the system that is destroying the life-support systems of the planet.
–The GJEP Team
From the Post Carbon Institute:
In recent months we’ve seen a spate of assertions that peak oil is a worry of the past thanks to so-called “new technologies” that can tap massive amounts of previously inaccessible stores of “unconventional” oil. “Don’t worry, drive on,” we’re told.
We can fall for the oil industry hype and keep ourselves chained to a resource that’s depleting and comes with ever increasing economic and environmental costs, or we can recognize that the days of cheap and abundant oil (not to mention coal and natural gas) are over.
Unfortunately, the mainstream media and politicians on both sides of the aisle are parroting the hype, claiming — in Obama’s case — that unconventional oil can play a key role in an “all of the above” energy strategy and — in Romney’s — that increased production of tight oil and tar sands can make North America energy independent by the end of his second term.
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