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The Power of Community. How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

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Isolated geographically and politically, Cuba survived “peak oil”. Can their experiences help us be prepared?

6 Comments on "The Power of Community. How Cuba Survived Peak Oil"

  1. Plantagenet on Fri, 26th Apr 2013 8:20 pm 

    Cuba never went through peak oil.

    Cuba was subsidized by the USSR during the cold war. Then when the subsidy was withdrawn Cuba went through the “special period” when their mismanaged socialist economy collapsed and mass poverty (and some famine) resulted.

    Today Cuba is again being subsidized with cheap oil from their socialist ally Venezuela.

    Losing subsidized oil and having your mismanaged socialist economy collapse is not the same as “peak oil”.

  2. J-Gav on Fri, 26th Apr 2013 8:57 pm 

    It’s quite possible that Cuba managed its post-Soviet transition better than the US will manage its post-fossil-fuel, post-financial-capitalism scam, though it’s doubtful that either has a particularly bright future at this point.

    As for Plant’s mention of Venezuelan energy subsidies to Cuba,you might want to remember that they received agricultural advisors, (sub)urban (re)-planners and well-trained doctors in exchange – not exactly a one-way street if you see what I mean. Looks as if people like Plant (and Arthur) are among those who would love to see things like water and air privatized right down to the last gulp!

  3. energyskeptic on Fri, 26th Apr 2013 11:58 pm 

    Back in 2006 I wrote this article, what happened in Cuba can not be replicated everywhere (i.e. they have a climate where 3 crops a year can be grown, aren’t over carrying capacity, etc., other nations will behave more like North Korea has as they’ve had to live without much oil)
    Lessons Learned from How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

    Also, an incredibly rosy picture is painted in this movie — check out the far more interesting and nuanced discussion of what happened at OXFAM.

  4. BillT on Sat, 27th Apr 2013 1:46 am 

    We will be lucky if we can do as well as Cuba did when their imports were cut off. Think about what the US imports and what would happen if that supply of stuff ended suddenly, say due to a 3rd world war or the collapse of the financial system.

    The PC you are typing on would likely be that last one you owned. The TV you have would be the last one. Ditto cell phones, etc.

    Not to mention the energy from oil would drop by 50% and all of the off season fruits and veggies would disappear. No coffee. No chocolate/cocoa. No new cars/trucks. Even clothing would become scarce as most are imported.

    You might just give a thought to the loss of the world reserve status of the dollar as that would suddenly increase the cost of all of those things by at least 30% Welcome to the 3rd world.

  5. GregT on Sat, 27th Apr 2013 7:55 am 

    When the SHTF, and it will, we will all figure out very quickly what political system will work best for everyone.

  6. PrestonSturges on Sun, 28th Apr 2013 3:24 pm 

    Define “everyone”

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