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Here’s why the Age of Oil could end in 15 years – and what that means

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Someday soon, we’ll run out of oil… and civilisation as we know it will come to an end. As fossil fuels become increasingly scarce, we should prepare for a world of $200 oil, 50 percent annual inflation, and global resource wars.

At least this was the future suggested by “Peak Oil”, a theory that for decades shaped scientific and popular views of the oil supply.

But, it’s becoming obvious that the peak oil theory is wrong. In fact, the future will likely be shaped by the opposite of peak oil: Peak Demand.

“Peak Oil” contended that world oil production had topped out and was in terminal decline. This meant that at some point in the not-to-distant future – maybe 30 or 50 years—there would be no more oil to take out of the ground.

Meanwhile, energy demand, driven by population growth, would continue to accelerate. This would be bad news for oil-poor nations.
But for energy-rich nations, and the global oil and gas industry, peak oil envisioned a future of ever increasing energy demand and rising petroleum prices.

But peak oil has gone the way of the flat earth theory, Martian canals and Y2K. Governments, energy companies and investors now must adapt to a new reality: The global economy of the future will be dictated not by declining oil production, but by declining oil demand.

Peak oil was widely popularised by M. King Hubbert, a U.S. geologist. In a 1956 paper, he predicted that U.S. oil production would peak sometime in the early 1970s then decline. He also predicted world oil production would peak around the year 2000, before declining.

He based his theories on the observed rise, peak and depletion of production from individual oil wells and oil fields. According to Hubbert, the production life of an oil well – and by extension that of global petroleum reserves – resembles a bell curve.

“Hubbert’s peak,” as the theory is often referred to, gained notoriety when U.S. oil output did in fact peak in the early 1970s. The consequences at the time for most global petroleum consumers were significant – surging gasoline prices, rampant inflation, and fear that oil-rich countries would dictate the world’s economic future.

The future of declining oil supply and surging energy prices suggested by peak oil motivated governments and entrepreneurs to begin research and development on alternative and renewable sources of energy.

Then everything changed

Then, in 2009, something unexpected happened: The bell curve of declining U.S. oil production began to rise – slowly at first… then it began to accelerate. In 2008 the U.S. produced five million barrels a day. In 2015, it produced 8 million barrels a day – not far below the supposed peak in 1970.


What happened? Technology. It disrupted the energy industry just like it’s disrupted so many other dimensions of society.

Peak-oil theory didn’t anticipate the development of methods that allow producers to wring oil and gas out of previously inaccessible rock formations.

One technology – hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” – has proven especially revolutionary. In fracking, chemically slickened water and sand are pumped into “tight” shale rock formations, creating thousands of fractures. This allows previously locked energy molecules to seep into a well.

Fracking now accounts for more than half of all U.S. oil output, according to the Energy Information Administration. The subsequent surge in American crude production is one of the main reasons why there’s a global oil glut.

Fracking is more expensive than traditional oil extraction, so when oil prices drop below roughly US$50 per barrel, fracking production falls. However, U.S. fracking production has proven surprisingly resilient in the face of lower crude prices, as technology improves and makes the process more efficient.

And other countries have only begun to adopt fracking. The oil shale rock formations responsible for the boom in U.S. production are widespread throughout the world. It’s estimated that Europe has more recoverable shale gas than the U.S.

As countries from Russia to China expand modern global oil production technologies, additional supplies of petroleum are inevitable.

Peak Oil has given way to Peak Demand

While geologists and oil analysts debate the timing or even the existence of peak oil, a new view on the future of energy has emerged: Peak Demand.

According to a recent report by the World Energy Council (WEC), global energy demand growth will slow down, peak before 2030, and then begin to decline. The group of academics, energy companies and public sector organisations outlined a “fundamentally new world of the energy industry” calling it the “grand transition.”

The green revolution has just begun to gain traction, according to the WEC report. The “phenomenal” growth of solar and wind energy is predicted to continue, while coal and oil will fade from the energy mix. Solar and wind accounted for 4 percent of power generation in 2014 but could supply up to 39 percent of the total by 2060.
Hydroelectric and nuclear power are also expected to grow.

The adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) is expected to increasingly cut oil demand. Improvements in battery technology and falling costs will increase the popularity of EVs – by 2030, carbon-powered vehicles (ones that use petroleum) will likely be the exception rather than the norm.

The report states that fossil fuel usage could drop to 50 percent of the primary energy mix in one scenario – with very differing futures for coal, oil and natural gas. However, in all scenarios the aggregate use of carbon-based fuel is likely to peak within the next 30 years.

Oil will continue to play a significant role in the transportation sector representing over 60 percent of the mix in all scenarios to 2060, and natural gas will continue to increase at a steady rate.

The concept of peak demand has major implications for oil companies and oil investors. Increasingly, the prospect of “stranded assets” – oil and gas reserves that might not get produced because of terminally low prices – has become a topic of discussion.

In the near future, oil companies may be faced with large write-downs as in-ground assets become uneconomical to extract. In such an environment, the shares of many oil companies would be poor investments.

But according to the WEC report, the most profound effect of peak demand and stranded oil resources could be geopolitical.  Because much of the world’s oil and gas reserves are under state control, peak demand could destabilise entire countries.  Where might Saudi Arabia, Iran and Russia be without their oil revenue lifeblood?

In fact, Saudi Arabia may already see the writing on the wall: Earlier this year the Saudi government announced plans to diversify its oil-centric economy. According to Crown Prince bin Salman, “…within 20 years, we will be an economy or state that doesn’t depend mainly on oil.”

Russia, though, has shown little inclination or ability to innovate or diversify its hydrocarbons-dependent economy. Peak Demand could pose a grave challenge to Russia.

It may be too early to sell your oil stocks because of peak oil demand. However, you should be aware that a global economy long influenced by fossil fuel scarcity is transitioning to a world characterised by declining oil demand and evolving energy technology.

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44 Comments on "Here’s why the Age of Oil could end in 15 years – and what that means"

  1. dave thompson on Thu, 27th Oct 2016 10:31 am 

    I made it to the third paragraph and quit reading.

  2. penury on Thu, 27th Oct 2016 10:37 am 

    Peak oil? or Peak demand? I think peak demand should be, peak affordability. A careful look at energy usage shows no reduction in demand per se, as much as rationing by price. Are people reducing their usage because they have no desire for the energy? No. People use what they can afford. Manufacturing, transport and retailing takes the majority of the energy and that is where the reduction will come from.

  3. Andrew on Thu, 27th Oct 2016 11:36 am 

    Alaska, GOM, decline rates. Can’t be bothered to explain.

  4. Revi on Thu, 27th Oct 2016 11:42 am 

    Everything’s fine now. Peak oil is over. Nothing to see here. Move along.

  5. eugene on Thu, 27th Oct 2016 12:59 pm 

    As the old song says “don’t worry, be happy”. Personally, I’m waiting for peak bullshit. The demand appears endless.

  6. HARM on Thu, 27th Oct 2016 2:32 pm 

    “Someday soon, we’ll run out of oil… and civilization [sic]” as we know it will come to an end.

    “Peak Oil” contended that world oil production had topped out and was in terminal decline. This meant that at some point in the not-to-distant future – maybe 30 or 50 years—there would be no more oil to take out of the ground.”

    So many straw men packed into so few paragraphs, so little time.

    I always thought Peak Oil was about a peak in extraction of economically recoverable oil, and that no one –not even the most ardent doomer– believed we would ever entirely “run out” of it. Not in 30 years, not in 50 years, not in a thousand years.

    But then I don’t deliberately mischaracterize other people’s theories, construct straw men or go around presenting propaganda as fact.

    Too bad the general public prefers straw men and bullshit to facts.

  7. rockman on Thu, 27th Oct 2016 2:55 pm 

    Thanks for all the good input, folks. Just didn’t have it in me today to whip another fool’s ass. LOL

  8. Hubbert on Thu, 27th Oct 2016 3:34 pm 

    More 30 than 50. 99.9% of idiots in America can’t buy a clue. But it’s more tha oil, mass migration is already destorying Europe:

  9. Rex Dillon on Thu, 27th Oct 2016 5:20 pm 

    What actually happened was “peak malinvestment” into so-called disruptive technologies . Franking is the modern reverse twist on alchemy where we turn gold into lead. There is a reason that the Apollo space program coincided with peak conventional oil production in the US and the fact that the US now can’t even put people in low earth orbit. You are right about peak demand though because peak oil has ensured that no one can afford oil anywhere near the price to produce even the conventional oil. Once the free money ends so will modernity for the vast majority of people and so will all the hyped alternatives. We are on the downside of Hubbert’s curve and therefore also likely at peak technology, peak equality, peak human rights, and peak human ingenuity. Humans will survive but not “peak rose-coloured glasses”

  10. makati1 on Thu, 27th Oct 2016 8:01 pm 

    More bullshit form the oily industry. Not worth reading.

  11. JimW on Thu, 27th Oct 2016 10:30 pm 

    Rex Dillon has it nailed. Between the natural forces of constrained supply, and the man-made inhibitors of regulation, over-taxation, and corruption, human society is near its peak, if not past its peak in quality of life.

  12. makati1 on Thu, 27th Oct 2016 10:56 pm 

    JimW, it is way past it’s peak. Especially in the 1st world. If you are young (under 40) you may not realize it but we passed peak life quality decades ago.

    BTW: Techie toys are not “quality of life” gauges. If anything, they are killing the very “quality of life” you talk about. But, if you never experienced a quality life, you may not realize that this is NOT it.

  13. Boat on Thu, 27th Oct 2016 11:06 pm 


    Your brothers words of wisdom. A late night comics dream. He can out trump trump. Lol

  14. joe on Thu, 27th Oct 2016 11:19 pm 

    These ‘peak oil failed’ stories are so common, even on sites like FORBES. I mean, who are they trying so hard to convince? Since the 2005 peak easy oil event we have two major oil price spikes a great recession and a scramble to diversify energy sources including capital intensive and low profit tight oil and massive investment in renewables. Banking and finance are in trouble. An alien in space looking at the earth could tell whats happening but I guess we need to be convinced everything is fine with the energy cornerstone of our civilisation.

  15. makati1 on Thu, 27th Oct 2016 11:45 pm 

    Boat, what do you expect the President of a Catholic country, that takes religion seriously, to say? He is a politician, remember?

    Oh, you mean he might actually believe that god talked to him? Is that worse than the claims from our very own Presidents? “Iraq has weapons of mass destruction!” “Putin is another Hitler!” “We can attack Russia and win.” And on and on.

    I’ll take President Duterte to ANY current or future Prez in the Us, anytime. A politician, not a warmongering liar like those who represent you.

  16. joe on Fri, 28th Oct 2016 9:03 am 

    Didnt Bush actually say God told him to invade Iraq? I believe he did. Sadly we like to think a white President of rich and powerful country would be different, but we are all just humans. We just f**ed up.

  17. GregT on Fri, 28th Oct 2016 10:51 am 

    I believe he said that God told him to invade Eye-Rak joe. Bush fucked up. He invaded the wrong country……

  18. denial on Fri, 28th Oct 2016 11:34 am 

    How do you know Bush invaded the wrong country? I don’t think it was his decision to make..I think the PTB Accomplished exactly what they set out to do…Chaos…and destabilization of oil rich regions…they have been doing it for about a 100 years now….

  19. GregT on Fri, 28th Oct 2016 12:05 pm 

    Eye-Rak doesn’t exist on this planet denial. The “Bush administration” invaded Iraq. ( E-rock )

    An easy mistake to make. 🙂

  20. Mark Ziegler on Fri, 28th Oct 2016 1:12 pm 

    True Wealth

    Another Investment Publication.

    Need I say more?

  21. Lawfish1964 on Fri, 28th Oct 2016 2:57 pm 

    I agree with Mak, peak quality of life is behind us. When my dad was my age, he made twice what I make doing the same job. He sent us kids to private school where the tuition was $1,200 per year. I sent my kids to the same school which is now $12,000 per year. My college cost $1,200 per semester. My daughter got great scholarships from a private college (perfect score on the science portion of the ACT) and I still pay $13,000 a year (with room, board and food). I shudder to think what my kids will be paying for the same things and what in the world they will do for a living.

  22. Apneaman on Fri, 28th Oct 2016 3:48 pm 

    Lawfish1964, I agree the quality of life is much lessened, without any doubt, for many in the last 40 years. Thing is, the dollar amount is not the main factor once people hit a certain amount and the amount varies by country depending on societal expectations. There have been a number of studies from many different countries that all come to similar conclusions.

    Money can buy happiness, but only to a point

    I think for your daughter if she goes into some field/career that she is truly interested in, as long as the bills are paid, then she will have greater meaning in her life and thus greater happiness. Humans need meaning and a feeling of some measure of control in their lives and this repressive security state neo liberal corporate consumer society is obviously providing very little of it. Money as the meaning of life works for very few and has turned our societies into a global toxic culture ever more dependant on pathological levels of distraction from reality, self medication and Dr prescribed mood enhancing medication.

    “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” – J Krishnamurti

  23. Boat on Fri, 28th Oct 2016 5:50 pm 


    Happy days. Filled up for $1.89. Fiesta Mart had roast for $2.00 per lb. 26 oz cans of Jalapeno peppers for .89. NBA basket ball kicked off and the Cowboys are playing great with a rookie qb and rb. What more could you want.

  24. makati1 on Fri, 28th Oct 2016 6:41 pm 

    Lawfish, Money is not the measure of quality of life, but it is an indicator.

    I went to Dickinson College in 1962-63. Tuition, not including room and board, was about $1,200 per year. Tuition is now $50,730* per year. $63,974 if you include all the fees, room and board, etc. If you go there, you will ‘need’ a reasonably new car (a sports model is popular), the ability to go to some place like Cancun for Spring Break, a credit card and nice clothes, or you will be an outcast.

    In 1962, my dad made about $12,000 per year. My mom was a ‘homemaker’ with no income. We had a nice fairly new home, vacation at the shore every summer, nice car, etc. Middle class Americans. THAT was a good ‘quality of life’.

    I hope your daughter is not wasting her time and (your) money on a career that has no future. If it is not a necessity, it will not exist.


  25. JuanP on Fri, 28th Oct 2016 7:37 pm 

    Peak quality of life in Uruguay was in the first half of the 20th Century. My grandparents and great grandparents enjoyed a lifestyle my generation doesn’t even dream of.

  26. Apneaman on Fri, 28th Oct 2016 8:42 pm 

    Boat, sounds like you live a corporate enslaved life and are loving it. Do you ever do anything that is not managed and guided by your corporate overlords?

    NFL – What is it like 4 hour broadcast to play a 60 minute game that only has about ten minutes of actual action? The commercial time is at least 5 times longer than the action. Oh and the league don’t pay taxes and the taxpayers, including non fans, pay for the stadiums. Could y’all be a bigger bunch of total sucker retards? Sheep indeed.

    An average NFL game: more than 100 commercials and just 11 minutes of play

  27. Apneaman on Fri, 28th Oct 2016 9:27 pm 

    Boat, the NFL is nothing but a piece of shit soap opera. They could march the entire league into the gas chamber and Z them and I would laugh my ass off.

    These guys do a good takedown of it.

    6 Reasons The NFL Is The Trashiest Reality Show on TV

    “Because it turns out at least half of football isn’t about football at all, it’s about drama. Cheap, nasty, drama. It’s the same as how nobody who watches Survivor gives a shit about surviving, and people don’t tune in to Hell’s Kitchen to learn about food, they tune in to watch Gordon Ramsay take arrogant cooks down a notch by calling them stupid donkeys.”

    Boat, I used to be a very bad sports tard. One of those guys who thinks it’s real and all important. Yelling at the TV and throwing shit. Angrily arguing with people (even a couple of fights – drunken of course) over who is better or worse as if the team were my children who needed my fierce defending. Listening to sports radio (all soap opera) while driving. All that shit. It’s what humans do. It has everything they crave – gossip, good guys & bad guys, action, story and tribalism, tribalism, tribalism. Nothing new under the sun.

    How Ancient Roman Athletes And Fans Cursed Rival Teams During The Postseason

    “In the late Roman Mediterranean, factions of charioteers existed instead of baseball or football teams. Each faction was named after the colors draped onto their horses and worn by the charioteers. There were the Blues, the Greens, the Reds and the Whites. They drove four horse chariots called quadrigae both in the hippodrome at Rome’s Circus Maximus and the one at Constantinople. There were many other chariot racing venues throughout the Roman empire and fans of these factions became quite attached to their color and the star charioteers on them.”

    Enjoy the game boater.

  28. Boat on Sat, 29th Oct 2016 12:32 pm 


    No corporation tells me where to work or how to spend my money. In fact they are forced to compete for my dollar. Maybe you hate America because they are the best at providing a large diversified choice.

    To your point about commercials netflix and amazon are commercial free. Direct tv has a wide variety of series with few commercials. Market share for these companies are growing rapidly. The slaves decide the path of companies in a rapidly changing world.

  29. Apneaman on Sat, 29th Oct 2016 12:46 pm 

    boat, tell yourself. You can trace your psychological slavery all the way back to the commercials you watched during cartoons and the daily forced nationalist indoctrination, the pledge of allegiance, starting in kindergarten. The pledge of obedience. You’re as much or more a slave as everyone else. The things you talk about and your stance and even your word choices make it obvious what has informed and shaped your life. Slave.

  30. GregT on Sat, 29th Oct 2016 1:04 pm 

    The Story of Your Enslavement

    We can only be kept in the cages we do not see. A brief history of human enslavement – up to and including your own, Boat.

  31. Apneaman on Sat, 29th Oct 2016 1:49 pm 

    Greg, that particular video is one of his shorter (thank christ) ones and kinda basic stuff, but it’s worth it just for the Billy Crystal clip. That a guy like Molyneux can build such a following spewing his verbal diarrhea is as good as any indication that the dumbed down is complete and the end is near.

  32. Boat on Sat, 29th Oct 2016 3:51 pm 

    Maybe it’s flaw in your own psychological cage that amp such negative attitudes towards other humans. Free yourself with a little less inner reflection and a little entertainment. As for me I’m off to the gym for my dopamine feed. A necessary evil to be a productive slave so I can afford those pleasures. No time for videos listening to humans rant.

  33. Apneaman on Sat, 29th Oct 2016 4:27 pm 

    Yes Boat, getting to the truth is often deemed as “negative”. That’s the #1 PC card that is played by those who can’t come up with a rational response at the moment – “not helpful” and “not productive” are among the other PC favorites. I get these PC knee jerk responses everyday – most often from angry liberals who can’t face facts/reality either, but there are plenty of conservative leaning folks using these very same PC terms to try and shut down their debaters. These PC accusations are just secular versions of accusing someone of blasphemy. Sign of desperation and admission of defeat if you ask me. Got nothing. Everyone does it to some degree. Most of us are slaves boat. I’m a slave, just not a debt and wage and consumer addicted one anymore.

    Work out eh? Good dopamine hits for sure. Working out was one of the strategies that helped get me sober years ago. You’ll need your strength to ward off the hoards of hungry millennials after the global collapse is complete.

  34. onlooker on Sat, 29th Oct 2016 5:36 pm 

    It is amusing to note some here on this site try so hard to rebut us doomers by saying, well things are not so bad RIGHT NOW. To me its a giveaway of how petrified they are of the future. Our most profound enslavement is to our vulnerabilities, urges and emotions. To those who live in fear, recognize it and thus free yourself of its noxious effects. I hope you can and will

  35. GregT on Sat, 29th Oct 2016 6:01 pm 

    “Free yourself with a little less inner reflection and a little entertainment.”

    A little entertainment shall set you free. That’s the most hilarious thing that you’ve said yet Boat. Hahaha!

  36. makati1 on Sat, 29th Oct 2016 7:13 pm 

    If you have a credit card with a balance, you are a slave.
    If you have a car payment, you are a slave.
    If you have a hose payment, you are a slave.
    If you have a school loan, you are a slave.
    If you owe taxes, you are a slave.
    If you have to buy a permit to make your living, you are a slave.
    If you need a permit to protect (gun) yourself, you are a slave.
    If you are told how, where, and need government inspection when you build your shelter, you are a slave.

    I’m sure there are many more chains most do not even think about. Boat thinks he has a choice. Yep, he can slave for the man or starve. Nice choice. And he thinks he is making “free choices” about all of this. Ap drew it out perfectly. If you are an American, you are brainwashed from birth. “I pledge allegiance to the flag…” Movies, billboards, magazines, radio, TV and now the internet. ALL of the various sources of government and commercial Koolaid. And the Empire wants the whole world to guzzle st the same trough.

  37. Boat on Sat, 29th Oct 2016 7:26 pm 

    onlooker on Sat, 29th Oct 2016 5:36 pm

    It is amusing to note some here on this site try so hard to rebut us doomers by saying, well things are not so bad RIGHT NOW. To me its a giveaway of how petrified they are of the future.

    In the 1900’s fans became part of life.
    Consider for the most part indoor. plumbing didn’t start until the 1920’s and ac for homes in the 1960’s. Closer to 1970 for heat and ac in cars.

    onlooker, the present is awesome.

  38. Boat on Sat, 29th Oct 2016 7:50 pm 


    lol, giving advice while living in poverty in the P’s.

    Good regulations are smart. I would like to see many areas get much tougher. New building should be energy neutral or no building for example. Home owners should be required to have their homes inspected and any leaks repaired. Business buildings should be mandated to be extremely efficient. mak your reality is dying and the future is coming. If you want to trade with those that embrace the future you will be part of the NWO. That’s my future conspiracy theory. You guys are rubbing off on me. Lol

  39. makati1 on Sat, 29th Oct 2016 8:01 pm 

    Boat, Indoor plumbing began in ancient times. Home A/C about 100 years ago, not 50. Amazing what you can find on the internet. Real facts and real history. Try it sometime.

    “The earliest evidence of indoor plumbing comes from Scotland in 8000 BC, where water was used to flush waste from indoor troughs to a nearby creek. In 4000 BC, perforated bricks were use to drain water from homes in Iraq to pits that lay beneath them. By 3000 BC, people living in Crete were using rudimentary toilet systems, which required servants to pour water that would flush waste away.”

    “Testaments to the ancient plumber echo in the ruins of rudimentary drains, grandiose palaces and bath houses, and in vast aqueducts and lesser water systems of empires long buried. Close to 4,000 years ago, about 1700 B.C., the Minoan Palace of Knossos on the isle of Crete featured four separate drainage systems that emptied into the great sewers constructed of stone.

    Terra cotta pipe was laid beneath the palace floor, hidden from view. Each section was about 2 1/2′ long, slightly tapered at one end, and nearly 1″ in diameter. It provided water for fountains and faucets of marble, gold and silver that jetted hot and cold running water.”

    ” In Minneapolis in 1914 the first home was air conditioned. It was owned by Charles Gates who was the son of notorious gambler John “Bet a Million” Gates.”

    Home A/C will soon disappear, as will electric controled water systems. Be patient.

  40. makati1 on Sat, 29th Oct 2016 8:16 pm 

    Boat, I live just as I did in the FSA. A nice, comfortable middle class lifestyle. I have ALL of the conveniences, and resources I would have living in the Police States of America. You are talking thru your ignorant ass again.

    If you were dropped into Makati, the only difference you would notice would be that most of the people were Asian and some of the signs would be in Filipino and English. Cities are alike in most of the world. Shiny and clean in the middle and dirtier as you get to the fringes. I bet you have never been out of the US in your life. Or maybe not into a really big city. Try it sometime.

    As for rural Philippines, it might not look as nice as a picture of a New England countryside and farms, but it is still very nice. Full of very nice people. More like the Ozarks or Appalachians in the US. I look forward to moving there next year. I am tired of the big city.

    As a bonus, most everything here is less expensive and there is more variety to chose from than in the US. I can fly to Hong Kong to shop for less than $100. Specialist doctors as good as, or better than, American doctors cost $12-15 TOTAL. No co-pay crap. Total. Dental work is 1/3 the cost of that in the US and again equal or better. I can buy anything here that I can buy in the US. Anything. Why would I ever want to return to the US?

    Now tell me again that I am living in “poverty”. LMAO YOU are the slave living in a dying country. Not me.

  41. GregT on Sat, 29th Oct 2016 8:19 pm 

    “In the 1900’s fans became part of life.”

    Fans have been a part of life for at least three thousand years Boat. It wasn’t until the 1900s that they required fossil fuels.

  42. Apneaman on Sat, 29th Oct 2016 10:17 pm 

    Boat my my aren’t we so cavallier? How quick you forget the price that’s being paid so a few generations of of over privileged cancer monkeys can have their never ending goodies.

    Historic Deluge Hits Texas. Houston, You Have a Problem.

    “At one point on Thursday, flash flood watches covered more than 183,000 square miles of Texas, an area about the size of Germany and England combined. More than 15 inches of rain fell just northeast of Houston in a span of 12 hours on Thursday, just a few days after more than 20 inches fell in two days northwest of the city—the region’s second 100-year rainstorm in less than a week. (Statistically, a 100-year rainstorm is a rainfall event that has a 1 percent likelihood of occurring in a given year based on that region’s climate history.) The Brazos River west of Houston has crested more than four feet higher than previous record levels.”

    The present IS awesome…….except if you or your loved ones happen to be one of the victims, like them 10 dead soldiers, of the next once in a thousand rain bomb storm that is happening ever more frequently due to burning those fossil fuels that help bring us all the goodies..

    Are you counting the bodies and dollar costs boat, or are you too busy pretending everything is awesome? This is still early days – just wait until the really big shit comes – a when not an if. So off the top of my head that’s at least 2 multi billion dollar storms in 2016 and one in 2015 just for your beloved home Houston. Not even 6 months away from the last one and you act as if it never happened. Keep bragging up your cancer toys and cheering for more growth for the two legged tumor and keep working out so you can live long enough to watch it totally come apart.

    I’m a cancer, you’re a cancer, he’s a cancer, she’s a cancer, wouldn’t you like to be a cancer too?

  43. Boat on Sun, 30th Oct 2016 7:50 am 


    Keep my story straight. I have been in favor of a multitude of changes that would cut population and promote a cleaner environment. Growth has never been none of them. But alas my impact is like yours, little to none.

  44. Apneaman on Sun, 30th Oct 2016 12:40 pm 

    Boat, if wishes were horses. Cut population? LMAO! Have you not notice that cruel, but highly successful, little trick evolution has played on the humans – infinate horniess? Hell, we even have hardons in our sleep and sometimes orgasam (wet dream) for fucks sakes. Other animals have breeding seasons – not us. Humans are the 7/11 of fucking, 24/7 365 days a year til death do us part. Sex obsessed status seeking monkeys. 99% of every action 99% of man takes can be traced back to his inherent reproduction drive. Then there’s the women with their own breeding drive and their “forgetting” to take their pill. There is as much of a chance of getting them to stop breeding as there is for stopping overeating and over consumption. All these behaviours that “need” to be stopped or slowed dramatically to “save” us are products of millions of years of evolution and could only be changed by evolution. Yeah, let’s just throw a switch and turn off our limbic systems – it’s that easy.

    World Population Clock – 59th minute

    Current World Population


    Births today

    Deaths today

    Population Growth today


    Births this year

    Deaths this year

    Population Growth this year

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