I've "got to do something" about Peak Oil, and being a poor student, at least until I finish school I've cast my die on starting to inform as many people as I can about the issue, for whatever good that can do. Drum up some dialogue, hopefully political pressure, maybe even get hit back with a convincing arguement against PO.
At the least, maybe a few people close to me will be watching the news a bit more, and have an easier time swallowing it when sh!% hits the fan.
I've purchased Matt Savinar's book (http://www.lifeaftertheoilcrash.net
or course) because I think he makes an excellent case of how dire the situation is, but it's hard to get family, friends etc. to take the interest to read it because it's so easy to ignore the PO issue and the book is so long. And I'm sure if someone were to skip ahead to the US Government inditements without reading the first part, they'd quickly and easily dismiss the issue as paranoia. It's hard to get someone to sit down and give it an honest attempt, and it's hard to tell people yourself with them going LALALA and brushing it off.
So, to help build a case, I've started leading with some news articles from well-known, respected media:
National Geographic: link
The Washington Post: link
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Let me know if I missed any good ones.
This seems like a good way to approach the problem to my mind: use some shot and sweet stories from well-known news sources to open the case, and Matt's book, http://www.hubbertpeak.com/youngquist/chapter27.htm
, and my own arguements to try to hit home how ridiculously serious an issue this is.
However, I'm finding 3 common outs people use to plug their ears and avoid the issue:1. "Yeah but what can I do about it? What can you do about it? Nothing, so just relax."
This is the most common response I get from my family, and the most irritating. They're ceding this is a huge problem with no obvious solution, and they just go "oh well things'll cost more and you can't do anything about it so who cares?" AGGGGHH. I know this is just a veiled "can't be bothered."2. Faith in technology
I have family who were/are in the oil industry, and go "oh instead of getting 20-30% from a well, soon we can get 30-50%!" Or point out some other sources. Yes, I can shoot all those down (double oil reserves = only less then 25 years spare time, gas hydrates are 6x natural gas costs, Alberta can't slake world thirst fast enough even if the reserves are there, etc. etc.) but when having a half dozen "there are still fossil sources" excuses seems to insulate people, even if you shatter each one individually. Surely one or two will come through, right?3. This is like the end of the world, and I don't like to talk about that stuff.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get through to people? Critiques of my idea? Even stories to tell of your attempts? I'm planning to badger my friends, e-mail elected officials, the dean of engineering at my school, the school papers, do low-key poster campaigns, etc. And I'm really, really not an activist kinda guy, but got to try something.