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We Need Freedom of Action To Confront Peak Oil

In the third video in the series “Peak Oil and a Changing Climate” from The Nation and On The Earth productions, co-editor of The Automatic Earth, Nicole M. Foss, explains how energy relates to the economy and what our impending energy crisis will look like. Foss discusses the issues associated with peak oil in financial rather than environmental terms, because she finds that peak oil has much more to do with finance than it does with climate change.

Foss talks about what she calls a “false positive feedback loop,” which involves optimism leading to “caution being thrown to the wind.” When this happens, Foss believes that people become angry. Succumbing to fear and anger might lead to engagement in destructive behavior, which would make it harder for society to confront peak oil and climate change.

Reacting to former vice president Dick Cheney, who once said “the American way of life is not negotiable,” Foss says, “That’s true because reality is not going to negotiate with you.”



5 Comments on "We Need Freedom of Action To Confront Peak Oil"

  1. Tim Carmell on Sun, 23rd Jan 2011 10:50 pm 

    Why don’t you have a transcript of Ms. Foss’s remarks? There are many of us who will NOT watch a video and rely on the printed word.

  2. Harquebus on Sun, 23rd Jan 2011 11:59 pm 

    If I was stupid enough to install that Flash crap, I could watch the video but, I ain’t that stupid. My computer can handle all video types except Quicktime and Flash. Websites that use Flash are crap.

  3. Kenz300 on Mon, 24th Jan 2011 12:39 am 

    Quote — “Reacting to former vice president Dick Cheney, who once said “the American way of life is not negotiable,” Foss says, “That’s true because reality is not going to negotiate with you.””

    What a great quote — Some politicians ignore reality.

    Since our economic security and national security are at stake we need to move as fast as possible to diversify our energy sources. Wind, solar, wave energy, geothermal and second generation biofuels all need to ramp up production.

    Our lives are going to change. We need to move to a more sustainable way of life. Communities will need to become sustainable with the ability to walk or ride a bicycle to work, school or play.
    Mass transit will need to be improved. Busses, trolleys, pedicabs and bicycles will become a bigger part of our transportation options.

    Our lives are going to change. The real question is how fast will it change and how severe will the change be?

    We need to move to alternative energy to give us an insurance policy and reduce the impact of rising oil prices.

    Individuals, business and politicians need to move in the direction of alternative energy and reduce the impact of high oil prices.

  4. TheProphetNabob on Mon, 24th Jan 2011 12:53 am 

    Over a year ago, Foss said the market was in a “bear rally” and that it “might” reach 10,000 in the Fall of 09, then crash. She is now off by over a year and 1,800 points.

    Her co-author at TAE, ilargi, said at the same time that oil prices were going to fall off a cliff…but oil prices have steadily rose instead.

    How many self-disconfirming predictions do these hacks have to make before people realize that the prophets of doom are full of it?

  5. TheProphetNabob on Mon, 24th Jan 2011 12:53 am 

    Over a year ago, Foss said the market was in a “bear rally” and that it “might” reach 10,000 in the Fall of 09, then crash. She is now off by over a year and 1,800 points.

    Her co-author at TAE, ilargi, said at the same time that oil prices were going to fall off a cliff…but oil prices have steadily rose instead.

    How many self-disconfirming predictions do these hacks have to make before people realize that these self-anointed prophets are full of it?

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