Beery wrote:But people are not likely to go out and buy a horse and start living as we did in the 1600s, despite what some folks here are saying.
correct because there isn't enough land per person for people to live like we did in the 1600's. we will have over 10x the population competing for depleted resources compared to the 1600's.
Beery wrote:One thing is certain - unless a big meteor strikes the Earth, a post apocalyptic wasteland is not in my future. Probably not in my daughter's future either.
Won't need to go back far for it to feel
like a post apocalyptic wasteland, relative to expectations. we are used to perpetual progress for as long as we can remember. even just stabilizing would come as a shock.
and there are places on earth which are already being turned into post apocalyptic wastelands, just because it isn't your backyard yet doesn't mean it won't catch up with you. One city at a time, one country at a time...
Beery wrote: Those hoping for the end of age of oil to come with a major downgrade in lifestyle within the next century are living in la-la-land.
we aren't hoping for it, we know it will.
americans (only 4.5% of the worlds population) have a lot of "low hanging fruit" in oil efficiency but in the rest of the world it's about basic survival much sooner. food & water are the problems, not adapting to life without private cars (thats' easy)