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Chris Martenson: Collapse Is Already Here

General Ideas

Many people are expecting some degree of approaching collapse — be it economic, environmental and/or societal — thinking that they’ll recognize the danger signs in time.

As if it will be completely obvious, like a Hollywood blockbuster. Complete with clear warnings from scientists, politicians and the media.  And everyone can then get busy either panicking or becoming the plucky heroes.

That’s not how collapse works.

Collapse is a process, not an event.

And it’s already underway, all around us.

Collapse is already here.

However, unlike Hollywood’s vision, the early stages of collapse cause people to cling even tighter to the status quo. Instead of panic in the streets, we simply see more of the same — as those in power do all they can to remain so, while the majority of the public attempts to ignore the growing problems for as long as it possibly can.

For both the elite and the majority, their entire world view and their personal sense of self depends on things not crumbling all around them, so they remain willfully blind to any evidence to the contrary.

When faced with the predicaments we warn about here at, getting an early start on prudently shifting your own personal situation is of vital strategic and tactical importance. Tens of thousands of our readers already have taken wise steps in their lives to position themselves resiliently.

But most of the majority won’t get started until it’s entirely too late to make any difference at all. Which is sad but perhaps unavoidable, given human nature.

If everybody around you is saying “Everything is awesome!”, it can take a long time to determine for yourself that things in fact aren’t:

Real collapse happens slowly, and often without any sort of acknowledgement by the so-called political and economic elites until its abrupt terminal end.

The degree of rot within the Soviet Union went undetected until its final implosion, catching pretty much everyone in the West (as well as in the former USSR!) by surprise.

Similarly, one day people woke up and passenger pigeons were extinct.  They used to literally darken the skies for hours as they migrated past, numbering in the billions. Nobody planned on their demise and virtually nobody saw it coming.  Sure, just as there always are, a few crackpots at the fringes noticed, but they were ignored until it was too late.

Our view is that collapse of our current way of life is happening right now. The signs are all around us.  Our invitation is for you to notice them and inquire critically what the ramifications will be — irrespective of whatever pablum our leaders and media are currently spewing.

While the monetary and financial elites strain to crank out one more day/week/month/year of “market stability”, the ecosystems we depend on for life are vanishing. It’s as if the Rapture were happening, but it’s the insects, plants and animals ascending to heaven instead of we humans.

Committing Ecocide

Be very skeptical when the cause of each new ecological nightmare is ascribed to “natural causes.”

While it’s entire possible for any one ecological mishap to be due to a natural cycle, it’s weak thinking to assign the same cause to dozens of troubling findings happening all over the globe.

As they say in the military: Once is an accident. Twice is a coincidence. But three times is enemy action.

Right now, Australia is in the middle of the summer season and being absolutely hammered by high heat.  Sure it gets hot during an Australian summer, but not like this. The impact has been devastating:

Australia’s Facing an Unprecedented Ecological Crisis, But No One’s Paying Attention

Jan 9, 2019

It started in December, just before Christmas.

Hundreds of dead perch were discovered floating along the banks of the Darling River – victims of a “dirty, rotten green” algae bloom spreading in the still waters of the small country town of Menindee, Australia.

Things didn’t get better. The dead hundreds became dead thousands, as the crisis expanded to claim the lives of 10,000 fish along a 40-kilometre (25-mile) stretch of the river. But the worst was still yet to come.

This week, the environmental disaster has exploded to a horrific new level – what one Twitter user called “Extinction level water degradation” – with reports suggesting up to a million fish have now been killed in a new instance of the toxic algae bloom conditions.

For their part, authorities in the state of New South Wales have only gone as far as confirming “hundreds of thousands” of fish have died in the event – but regardless of the exact toll, it’s clear the deadly calamity is an unprecedented ecological disaster in the region’s waterways.

“I’ve never seen two fish kills of this scale so close together in terms of time, especially in the same stretch of river,” fisheries manager Iain Ellis from NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) explained to ABC News.

The DPI blames ongoing drought conditions for the algae bloom’s devastating impact on local bream, cod, and perch species – with a combination of high temperature and chronic low water supply (along with high nutrient concentrations in the water) making for a toxic algal soup.


Watching the video above showing grown men crying over the loss of 100-year-old fish is heartbreaking. This fish kill is described as “unprecedented” and as an “extinction level event”, meaning it left no survivors over a long stretch of waterway.

We can try to console oursleves that maybe this was just a singular event, a cluster of bad juju and worse waterway management that combined to give us this horror — but it wasn’t.

It’s part of a larger tapestry of heat-induced misery that Australia is facing:

How one heatwave killed ‘a third’ of a bat species in Australia

Jan 15, 2019

Over two days in November, record-breaking heat in Australia’s north wiped out almost one-third of the nation’s spectacled flying foxes, according to researchers.

The animals, also known as spectacled fruit bats, were unable to survive in temperatures which exceeded 42C.

“It was totally depressing,” one rescuer, David White, told the BBC.

Flying foxes are no more sensitive to extreme heat than some other species, experts say. But because they often gather in urban areas in large numbers, their deaths can be more conspicuous, and easily documented.

“It raises concerns as to the fate of other creatures who have more secretive, secluded lifestyles,” Dr Welbergen says.

He sees the bats as the “the canary in the coal mine for climate change”.


A two-day heatwave last November (2018) was sufficient to kill up to a third of all Australia’s known flying foxes, a vulnerable species that was already endangered.  As those bats are well-studied and their deaths quite conspicuous to observers, it raises the important question: How many other less-scrutinized species are dying off at the same time?

And the death parade continues:

Are these data points severe enough for you to recognize as signs of ongoing collapse?

Last summer was a time of extreme draught and heat for Australia, and this summer looks set to be even worse. This may be the country’s  ‘new normal’ for if the situation is due to climate change instead of just an ordinary (if punishing) hot cycle.

If so, these heat waves will likely intensify over time, completely collapsing the existing biological systems across Australia.

Meanwhile, nearby in New Zealand, similar species loss is underway:

‘Like losing family’: time may be running out for New Zealand’s most sacred tree

July 2018

New Zealand’s oldest and most sacred tree stands 60 metres from death, as a fungal disease known as kauri dieback spreads unabated across the country.

Tāne Mahuta (Lord of the Forest) is a giant kauri tree located in the Waipoua forest in the north of the country, and is sacred to the Māori people, who regard it as a living ancestor.

The tree is believed to be around 2,500 years old, has a girth of 13.77m and is more than 50m tall.

Thousands of locals and tourists alike visit the tree every year to pay their respects, and take selfies beside the trunk.

Now, the survival of what is believed to be New Zealand’s oldest living tree is threatened by kauri dieback, with kauri trees a mere 60m from Tāne Mahuta confirmed to be infected.

Kauri dieback causes most infected trees to die, and is threatening to completely wipe out New Zealand’s most treasured native tree species, prized for its beauty, strength and use in boats, carvings and buildings.

“We don’t have any time to do the usual scientific trials anymore, we just have to start responding immediately in any way possible; it is not ideal but we have kind of run out of time,” Black says, adding that although there is no cure for kauri dieback there is a range of measures which could slow its progress.


People are rallying to try and save the kauri trees, although it’s unclear exactly how to stop the spread of the new fungal invader or why it’s so pathogenic all of a sudden.  It could be due to another natural sort of cycle (except the fungus was thought to have been introduced and spread by human activity) or it could be a another collapse indicator we need to finally hear and heed.

It turns out that New Zealand is not alone. Giant trees are dying all over the globe.

2,000-year-old baobab trees in Africa are suddenly and rather mysteriously giving up the ghost.  These trees survived happily for 2,000 years and now all of a sudden they’re dying. Are the deaths of our most ancient trees all across the globe some sort of natural process? Or is there a different culprit we need to recognize?

In Japan they’re lamenting record low squid catches.  Oh well, maybe it’s just overfishing?  Or could it be another message we need to heed?

To all this we can add the numerous scientific articles now decrying the ‘insect Apocalypse’ unfolding across the northern hemisphere. The Guardian recently issued this warning: “Insect collapse: ‘We are destroying our life support systems’”. Researchers in Puerto Rico’s forest preserves recorded a 98% decline in insect mass over 35 years.  Does a 98% decline have a natural explanation? Or is something bigger going on?

Meanwhile, the butterfly die-off is unfolding with alarming speed. I rarely see them in the summer anymore, much to my great regret.  Seeing one is now as exciting as seeing a meteor streak across the sky, and just as rare:

Monarch butterfly numbers plummet 86 percent in California

Jan 7, 2019

CAMARILLO, Calif. – The number of monarch butterflies turning up at California’s overwintering sites has dropped by about 86 percent compared to only a year ago, according to the Xerces Society, which organizes a yearly count of the iconic creatures.

That’s bad news for a species whose numbers have already declined an estimated 97 percent since the 1980s.

Each year, monarchs in the western United States migrate from inland areas to California’s coastline to spend the winter, usually between September and February.

“It’s been the worst year we’ve ever seen,” said Emma Pelton, a conservation biologist with the Xerces Society who helps lead the annual Thanksgiving count. “We already know we’re dealing with a really small population, and now we have a really bad year and all of a sudden, we’re kind of in crisis mode where we have very, very few butterflies left.”

What’s causing the dramatic drop-off is somewhat of a mystery. Experts believe the decline is spurred by a confluence of unfortunate factors, including late rainy-season storms across California last March, the effects of the state’s years long drought and the seemingly relentless onslaught of wildfires that have burned acres upon acres of habitat and at times choked the air with toxic smoke.


Note the “explanation” given blames the decline on mostly natural processes: late storms, droughts and wildfires. I believe that’s because the article appears in a US paper, so no mention was permitted of neonicotinoid pesticides or glyphosate. Both of these are highly effective decimators of insect life — but they’re highly profitable for Big Ag, so for now, any criticism is not allowed.

Sure a 97% decline since the 1980’s might be due to fires, droughts and rains. But that’s really not very likely.  There have always been fires, droughts and rains.  Something else has shifted since the 1980’s. And that “thing” is human activity, which has increased its willingness to destroy habitat and spray poisons everywhere in pursuit of cheaper food and easier profits.

The loss of insects, which we observe in the loss of the beautiful and iconic Monarch butterfly, is a gigantic warning flag that we desperately need to heed.  If the bottom of our billion-year-old food web disintegrates, you can be certain that the repercussions to humans will be dramatic and terribly difficult to ‘fix.’  In scientific terms, it will be called a “bottom-up trophic cascade”.

In a trophic cascade, the loss of a single layer of the food pyramid crumbles the entire structure.  Carefully-tuned food webs a billion years in the making are suddenly destabilized.  Life cannot adapt quickly enough, and so entire species are quickly lost.  Once enough species die off, the web cannot be rewoven, and life … simply ends.

What exactly would a “trophic cascade” look like in real life?  Oh, perhaps something just like this:

Deadly deficiency at the heart of an environmental mystery

Oct 16, 2018

During spring and summer, busy colonies of a duck called the common eider (Somateria mollissima) and other wild birds are usually seen breeding on the rocky coasts around the Baltic Sea. Thousands of eager new parents vie for the best spots to build nests and catch food for their demanding young broods.

But Lennart Balk, an environmental biochemist at Stockholm University, witnessed a dramatically different scene when he visited Swedish coastal colonies during a 5-year period starting in 2004. Many birds couldn’t fly. Others were completely paralyzed. Birds also weren’t eating and had difficulty breathing. Thousands of birds were suffering and dying from this paralytic disease, says Balk. “We went into the bird colonies, and we were shocked. You could see something was really wrong. It was a scary situation for this time of year,” he says.

Based on his past work documenting a similar crisis in several Baltic Sea fish species, Balk suspected that the birds’ disease was caused by a thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency. Thiamine is required for critical metabolic processes, such as energy production and proper functioning of the nervous system.

This essential micronutrient is produced mainly by plants, including phytoplankton, bacteria, and fungi; people and animals must acquire it through their food.

“We found that thiamine deficiency is much more widespread and severe than previously thought,” Balk says. Given its scope, he suggests that a pervasive thiamine deficiency could be at least partly responsible for global wildlife population declines. Over a 60-year period up to 2010, for example, worldwide seabird populations declined by approximately 70%, and globally, species are being lost 1,000 times faster than the natural rate of extinction (9, 10). “He has seen a thiamine deficiency in several differ phyla now,” says Fitzsimons of Balk. “One wonders what is going on. It’s a larger issue than we first suspected.”


This is beyond disturbing. It should have been on the front pages of every newspaper and TV show across the globe.  We should be discussing it in urgent, worried tones and devoting a huge amount of money to studying and fixing it.  At a minimum, we should stop hauling more tiny fish and krill from the sea in an effort to at least stabilize the food pyramid while we sort things out.

If you recall, we’ve also recently reported on the findings showing that phytoplankton levels are down 50% (these are a prime source for thiamine, by the way). Again, here’s a possible “trophic cascade” in progress:


Fewer phytoplankton means less thiamine being produced. That means less thiamine is available to pass up the food chain. Next thing you know, there’s a 70% decline in seabird populations.

This is something I’ve noticed directly and commented n during my annual pilgrimages to the northern Maine coast over the past 30 years, where seagulls used to be extremely common and are now practically gone.  Seagulls!

Next thing you know, some other major food chain will be wiped out and we’ll get oceans full of jellyfish instead of actual fish.  Or perhaps some once-benign mold grows unchecked because the former complex food web holding it in balance has collapsed, suddenyl transforming Big Ag’s “green revolution” into grayish-brown spore-ridden dust.

To add to the terrifying mix of ecological news has been the sudden and rapid loss of amphibian species all over the world.  A possible source for the culprit has been found, if that’s any consolation; though that discovery does not yet identify a solution to this saddening development.

Ground Zero of Amphibian ‘Apocalypse’ Finally Found

May 10, 2018

MANY OF THE world’s amphibians are staring down an existential threat: an ancient skin-eating fungus that can wipe out entire forests’ worth of frogs in a flash.

This ecological super-villain, the chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, has driven more than 200 amphibian species to extinction or near-extinction—radically rewiring ecosystems all over Earth.

“This is the worst pathogen in the history of the world, as far as we can tell, in terms of its impacts on biodiversity,” says Mat Fisher, an Imperial College London mycologist who studies the fungus.

Now, a global team of 58 researchers has uncovered the creature’s origin story. A groundbreaking study published in Science on Thursday reveals where and when the fungus most likely emerged: the Korean peninsula, sometime during the 1950s.

From there, scientists theorize that human activities inadvertently spread it far and wide—leading to amphibian die-offs across the Americas, Africa, Europe, and Australia.


Frogs, toads and salamanders were absolutely critical parts of my childhood and I delighted in their presence. I cannot imagine a world without them. But effectively, that’s what we’ve got now with so many on the endangered species list.

This parade of awful ecological news is both endless and worsening. And there is no real prospect for us to fix things in time to avoid substantial ecological pain.  None.

After all, we can’t even manage our watersheds properly. And those are dead simple by comparison. Water falls from the sky in (Mostly) predictable volume and you then distribute somewhat less than that total each year.  Linear and simple in comparison to trying to unravel the many factors underlying a specie’s collapse.

But challenges like this are popping up all over the globe:

Fear And Grieving In Las Vegas: Colorado River Managers Struggle With Water Scarcity

Dec 14th, 2018

On stage in a conference room at Las Vegas’s Caesars Palace, Keith Moses said coming to terms with the limits of the Colorado River is like losing a loved one.

“It reminds me of the seven stages of grief,” Moses said. “Because I think we’ve been in denial for a long time.”

Moses is vice chairman of the Colorado River Indian Tribes, a group of four tribes near Parker, Arizona. He was speaking at the annual Colorado River Water Users Association meeting.

The denial turned to pain and guilt as it became clear just how big the supply and demand gaps were on the river that delivers water to 40 million people in the southwest.

For the last six months Arizona’s water leaders have been experiencing the third stage of grief: anger and bargaining.

Of the seven U.S. states that rely on the Colorado River, Arizona has had the hardest time figuring out how to rein in water use and avoid seeing the river’s largest reservoirs — Lakes Mead and Powell — drop to extremely low levels.

Kathryn Sorenson, director of Phoenix’s water utility, characterized the process this way: “Interesting. Complicated. Some might say difficult.”

One of the loudest voices in the debate has been coming from a small group of farmers in rural Pinal County, Arizona, south of Phoenix.

Under the current rules those farmers could see their Colorado River supplies zeroed out within two years.

The county’s biggest grower of cotton and alfalfa, Brian Rhodes, is trying to make sure that doesn’t happen. The soil in his fields is powder-like, bursting into tiny brown clouds with each step.

“We’re going to have to take large cuts,” Rhodes said. “We all understand that.”


Oh my goodness. If we’re having trouble realizing that wasting precious water from the Colorado River to grow cotton is a bad idea, then there’s just no hope at all that we’ll successfully rally to address the loss of ocean phytoplankton.

That’s about the easiest connection of dots that could ever be made.  As Sam Kinison, the 1980’s comedian might have yelled – IT’S A DESERT!! YOU’RE TRYING TO GROW WATER-INTENSIVE CROPS IN THE FREAKING DESERT!  CAN’T YOU SEE ALL THE SAND AROUND YOU?!? THAT MEANS “DON’T GROW COTTON HERE!!”

A World On The Brink

The bottom line is this: We are destroying the natural world. And that means that we are destroying ourselves. 

I know that the mainstream news has relegated this conversation to the back pages (when they covered it at all) and so it’s not “front and center” for most people.  But it should be.

Everything we hold dear is a subset of the ecosphere. If that goes, so does everything else. Nothing else matters in the slightest if we actively destroy the Earth’s carrying capacity.

At the same time, we’re in the grips of an extremely dangerous delusion that has placed money, finance and the economy at the top spot on our temple of daily worship.

Any idea of slowing down or stopping economic growth is “bad for business” and dismissed out of hand as “not practical”, “undesirable” or “unwise”.  It’s always a bad time to discuss the end of economic growth, apparently.

But as today’s young people are increasingly discovering, if conducting business” is just a lame rationale for failed stewardship of our lands and oceans, then it’s a broken idea. One not worth preserving in its current form.

The parade of terrible ecological breakdowns provided above is there for all willing to see it. Are you willing?  Each failing ecosystem is screaming at us in urgent, strident tones that we’ve gone too far in our quest for “more”.

We might be able to explain away each failure individually. But taken as a whole?  The pattern is clear: We’ve got enemy action at work.  These are not random coincidences.

Nature is warning us loudly that it’s past time to change our ways.  That our “endless growth” model is no longer valid. In fact, it’s now becoming an existential threat

The collapse is underway. It’s just not being televised (yet).

Davos As Destiny

And don’t expect the cavalry to arrive.

Our leadership is absolutely not up to the task. If the Davos conference currently underway in Switzerland is a sign of anything at all, it’s that we’re doomed.

The world has been taken over by bankers and financiers too smitten by their love of money to notice much else or be of any practical service to the world.

By way of illustrative example, here’s the big techno-feel-good idea unveiled on the second day of the conference.  The crowds there loved it:

Yes, folks, this is what the world most desperately needs at this time! /sarc

While I’m sure drone-delivered books is a heartwarming story, it’s completely diversionary and utterly meaningless in the face of collapsing oceanic and terrestrial food webs.

Sadly, this is exactly the sort of inane distraction most admired by the Davos set in large part because it helps them feel a tiny bit better about their ill-gotten wealth. “Look!  We’re supporting good thngs!”  The ugly truth is that big wealth’s main pursuit is to distort political processes and rules to assure they get to keep it and even amass more.

Drones carrying books to Indonesian children provides the same sort of dopamine rush to a Davos attendee as Facebook ‘like’ gives to a 14-year-old. Temporary, cheap, superficial and ultimately meaningless.

The same is true of their other feel-good theme of the day. “Scientists” have discovered an enzyme that eats plastics:

That’s swell, but you know what would be even better?  Not using the bottles in the first place. Which could be accomplished by providing access to safe, potable water as a basic human right and using re-usable containers.  Of course, that would offer less chances for private wealth accumulation so instead the Davos crowd is fixated on the profitable solution vs. doing the right thing.

In viritually every instance, the Davos crowd wants to preserve industry and our consumer culture as it is, using technology and gimmicks in attempt to remedy the ills that result.  There’s money to be made on both ends of that story.

The only thing that approach lacks is a future. Because it’s not-so-subtly based on continued “growth”. Infinite exponential growth. The exact same growth that is killing ancient trees, sea birds, insects, amphibians, and phytoplankton.

Who wants more of that? Insane people.

In other words, don’t hold out any hope that the Davos set representing the so-called “elite” from every prominent nation on earth are going to somehow bravely offer up real insights on our massive predicaments and solutions to our looming problems. They’re too consumed with their own egos and busy preening for prominence to notice the danger or care.

As they pointlessly fritter away another expensive gathering, the ecological world is unraveling all around them. The oceans are becoming a barren wasteland.  The ancient trees are dying.  Heatwaves are melting tar and killing life.  The web of life is snapping strand by strand and nobody can predict what happens next.

In other words, if you held out any hope that “they” would somehow rally to the cause you’d best set that completely aside. It’s no wonder social anger against tone-deaf and plundering elites is breaking out right now.

From here, there are only two likely paths:

(1) We humans simply cannot self-organize to address these plights and carry on until the bitter end, when something catastrophic happens that collapses our natural support systems.

(2) We see the light, gather our courage, and do what needs to be done.  Consumption is widely and steeply curtailed, fossil fuel use is severely restrained, and living standards as measured by the amount of stuff flowing through our daily lives are dropped to sustainable levels.

Either path means enormous changes are coming, probably for you and definitely for your children and grandchildren.

In Part 2: Facing Reality we dive into what developments to expect as our systems continue further along their trophic cascade. Which markers and milestones should we monitor most closely to know when the next breaking point is upon us?

To reiterate: Massive change is now inevitable and in progress.

Collapse has already begun.

222 Comments on "Chris Martenson: Collapse Is Already Here"

  1. Cloggie on Tue, 29th Jan 2019 4:22 pm 

    I should have said “peak fossil”. Our ability to install renewable capacity (90% in Europe) will offset fossil declines, if any. Peak oil is not equal to higher prices. As you know peak oil is max. production in time.

    What also needs to be taken in account is that energy consuming devices have become spectacular more efficient.

  2. I AM THE MOB on Tue, 29th Jan 2019 4:49 pm 


    Good points..Also the the average price of a barrel of oil was 19 dollars during the entire 20th century (inflation adjusted)..And in the 21st century it has averaged 62 dollars..Why? Scarcity..

    Clogg knows he is going to meet his denier destiny soon..

  3. I AM THE MOB on Tue, 29th Jan 2019 4:52 pm 


    Solar and wind have been around over 50 years and they currently make up 1.5% of the worlds total energy consumption..They are a false hope..

    Just give a rest you old stupid geezer..You are just scared of what is going to happen soon..And you should be because you are no dick pussy..

  4. Cloggie on Tue, 29th Jan 2019 4:53 pm 

    “Clogg knows he is going to meet his denier destiny soon..”


    For the record, I would applaud peak oil or at least high oil prices, which would enforce the transition,

  5. Cloggie on Tue, 29th Jan 2019 4:56 pm 

    Westminster supports May deal, provided she will renegotiate the Irish “backstop”

    Europe has unisono said this is not going to happen.

    Nothing changed tonight.

  6. I AM THE MOB on Tue, 29th Jan 2019 5:05 pm 


    Your sources are unfounded..And not even peer reviewed..

    University of California: Environmental Science & Technology (Malyshkina 2010)

    1. It Will Take 131 Years to Replace Oil with Alternatives

    2. World oil production will peak between 2010-2030

    3. World proven oil reserves gone by 2041

    A global energy assessment (Jefferson 2016)

    An extensive new scientific analysis conducted by the Former Chief Economist Michael Jefferson at Royal Dutch Shell published in Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews titled “A Global Energy Assessment 2016” : says “that proved conventional oil reserves as detailed in oil industry sources are likely “overstated” by half.” & “punt bluntly,the standard claim that the world has proved conventional oil reserves of nearly 1.7 trillion barrels is overstated by about 876 billion barrels. Thus, despite the fall in crude oil prices from a peak in June 2014, after that of July 2008, the “peak oil” issue remains with us.”

    The World in the 21st Century is faced with huge challenges that go far beyond, but importantly include, energy challenges on the supply, access, and use sides. So severe are these challenges, mainly arising from the demands of a rapidly increasing human population on the Earth’s limited resources, that the future existence of large numbers of people may be threatened with extinction. In that sense, we may be observing the twilight of the Anthropocene (Human) Age.

    Projection of world fossil fuels by country (Mohr, 2015) Fuel

    Over 900 different regions and subfuel situations were modeled using three URR scenarios of Low, High, and Best Guess. All three scenarios indicate that the consistent strong growth in world fossil fuel production is likely to cease after 2025. The Low and Best Guess scenarios are projected to peak before 2025 and decline thereafter. The High scenario is anticipated to have a strong growth to 2025 before stagnating in production for 50 years and thereafter declining.

    IEA Chief warns of world oil shortages by 2020 as discoveries fall to record lows

    Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister Warns of World Oil Shortages Ahead

    There will be an oil shortage in the 2020’s, Goldman Sachs says

    Wood Mackenzie warns of oil and gas supply crunch

    Imminent peak oil could burst US, global economic bubble – study

    German Military (leaked) Peak Oil study: oil is used in the production of 95% of all industrial goods, so a shortage of oil would collapse the world economy & world governments

  7. Antius on Tue, 29th Jan 2019 5:13 pm 

    “I should have said “peak fossil”. Our ability to install renewable capacity (90% in Europe) will offset fossil declines, if any. Peak oil is not equal to higher prices. As you know peak oil is max. production in time.”

    I can (partially) accept that. New renewables have cushioned the decline in fossil fuel affordability, to a limited extent.

    Peak oil has led to higher prices, but the energy intensity of GDP puts a ceiling on how high they can go without causing a global debt crisis. Since 2000, global debt to GDP ratio has increased steadily, as central banks attempt to use cheap credit to inflate their economies. Only historically low interest rates stand between us and that outcome right now. Unfortunately, this is destroying real returns on investment and cannot continue forever. I wonder just how many of the economic developments that have taken place in the past decade would never have been allowed in a period of more normal interest rates. Would we really be building gigantic solar farms if interest rates were at 5%?

    Ask yourself this: What sort of economy needs to price credit beneath inflation? Is it really a coincidence that zero real interest rates are occurring simultaneously with a period of sustained high energy prices? Personally, I believe that industrial society is living on borrowed time. If you expect renewable energy to stage some dramatic rescue, then it will need to scale up quickly before the exploding debt bomb cripples us.

  8. Sunspot on Tue, 29th Jan 2019 5:17 pm 

    Of course there will be oil shortages. What part of “non-renewable natural resource” do people not understand? OK, every part… Here’s the day I’m waiting for…when somewhere in the US – any large metropolitan area, makes no difference where – they just plain run out of gas. For a few days, maybe a week. It’s gonna happen. Nobody contemplates what will happen when there is no gas available at the gas station. The world will change. Forever.

  9. makati1 on Tue, 29th Jan 2019 5:30 pm 

    Sunspot, yes, it will, but what will cut it off from only one city? I don’t see anything that could do that unless the city is destroyed by an earthquake or hurricane. There have been many temporary shortages/rationing due to strikes, bad weather, etc, but not because of an oil shortage.

    Even if oil gets in short supply, the government, military and corporations will still get it. You won’t. Peak oil means little as it is likely the financial/economy collapse that will end personal use, not the end of oil.

    When BAU is over and humans are extinct, there will still be billions of barrels of oil in the ground. Peak oil only means peak ability to purchase and consume. Nothing more.

  10. makati1 on Tue, 29th Jan 2019 6:58 pm 

    “Jackboots in the Morning: No One Is Spared From This American Nightmare”

    “The American Police State does not discriminate….

    All of the excessive, abusive tactics employed by the government today—warrantless surveillance, stop and frisk searches, SWAT team raids, roadside strip searches, asset forfeiture schemes, private prisons, indefinite detention, militarized police, etc.—will eventually be meted out on the general populace.

    At that point, when you find yourself in the government’s cross hairs, it will not matter whether your skin is black or yellow or brown or white; it will not matter whether you’re an immigrant or a citizen; it will not matter whether you’re rich or poor; it will not matter whether you’re Republican or Democrat; and it certainly won’t matter who you voted for in the last presidential election.”

    “Nationwide, SWAT teams routinely invade homes, break down doors, kill family pets (they always shoot the dogs first), damage furnishings, terrorize families, and wound or kill those unlucky enough to be present during a raid.”

    “As the number of SWAT teams has grown nationwide, so have the raids. Every year now, there are approximately 50,000 SWAT raids in the United States, according to Professor Pete Kraska of Eastern Kentucky University’s School of Justice Studies. In other words, roughly 137 times a day a SWAT team assaults a home and plunges its inhabitants and the surrounding community into terror.”

    And Americans don’t believe they live in a police state! LMAO!

  11. Antius on Tue, 29th Jan 2019 11:06 pm 

    “All of the excessive, abusive tactics employed by the government today—warrantless surveillance, stop and frisk searches, SWAT team raids, roadside strip searches, asset forfeiture schemes, private prisons, indefinite detention, militarized police, etc.—will eventually be meted out on the general populace.”

    That’s the way it is in the UK right now. The US constitution is an inconvenient piece of paper for the uber-State that does protect US citizens, at least to an extent. You at least have some freedom of expression.

    In my country, there is no such protection and things are full-blown 1984. There really are speech crimes; you really can go to prison simply because you happen to say the wrong thing; or merely be associated with people that did.

    What is amazing is how completely the public seem able to turn a blind eye to all of this. There have been no riots in the streets. Take away their money and most people will be up in arms. Take away their freedom and they hardly seem to notice. I cannot help but feel a degree of contempt for my people. Anyone sensible would have taken up arms against such an obviously evil government. Yet they sit on their hands, not wanting to stick their necks out.

  12. makati1 on Wed, 30th Jan 2019 12:22 am 

    “Somewhere in the vicinity was a pile of diarrhea on the ground; the rest of it was packed between the man’s buttocks….

    It’s hard to enjoy a stroll here when there’s a good chance of stepping in excrement or some vagrant’s vomit. Not to mention the aggressive beggars and nodding addicts who look as if they’re about to fall over, but never do….

    My morning’s brief commute … was punctuated by the sudden appearance of a madman thrashing about, speaking in tongues, and spewing bodily fluids in his path.”

    Manila? NO! New York City! The real America. Slip slidin’…

  13. Cloggie on Wed, 30th Jan 2019 1:23 am 

    PM May scored a victory for the first time, even if it is unlikely that the EU will cave in:

    There were 14 Labour rebels who put the interest of the country above the private ambitions of Jeremy Lenin to become the next PM. Good for them!

    Very positive is that attempts by Remainers to put the government offside are now virtually blocked. Remain is off the table, thank God.

    Brexit is now likely going to happen, either in the May-deal or no-deal variant.

    May’s strategy clearly is that when push comes to shove, far more Labour and Conservative MPs will eventually vote for the May deal, even if the EU will not make any further concessions.

    Crucial point is the Irish question. The EU doesn’t want to compromise the unity of the single market, Britain doesn’t want to lose Northern Ireland or be forced to remain in the Common Market because of the Irish border question.

    The irony is: the EU has no interest in Northern Ireland and Britain has no interest in (openly) compromising the single market. So you would say that eventually some sort of solution should be found.

    The EU will probably make some token concession, so the British can leave, the British who never should have been a member in the first place, de Gaulle was right. We should only have countries in the EU who WANT to be in the EU or some other form of European cooperation.

    With the British out of the way, we can now begin to dismantle the West, bring in the Russians, militarize and prepare for an operation to discipline the Americans… ummm, I’m sorry, I meant to say: liberate the Americans from the ZOG stranglehold. Yeah, that’s the correct formula: liberate the Americans, before they drown in the third world for good, on orders of the Soros bunch.

    It’s going to hurt a little.

    The timing will be crucial. European operations should not occur before China openly begins to challenge the US in the South China Sea, over Iran or even Venezuela.

  14. Cloggie on Wed, 30th Jan 2019 1:32 am 

    My morning’s brief commute … was punctuated by the sudden appearance of a madman thrashing about, speaking in tongues, and spewing bodily fluids in his path.”

    Exactly the kind of white nationalists we continental Europeans can do splendid geopolitical business with, after the immanent end of the American Era:

    Written by smart CFR jew, who knows what is coming: Europe and America switching geopolitical roles.

  15. makati1 on Wed, 30th Jan 2019 1:46 am 

    “The ruling elites are painfully aware that the foundations of American power are rotting. The outsourcing of manufacturing in the United States and the plunging of over half the population into poverty will, they know, not be reversed. The self-destructive government shutdown has been only one of numerous assaults on the efficiency of the administrative state. The failing roads, bridges and public transportation are making commerce and communications more difficult. The soaring government deficit, now almost a trillion dollars thanks to the Trump administration’s massive corporate tax cuts, cannot be eliminated. The seizure of the financial system by global speculators ensures, sooner rather than later, another financial meltdown. The dysfunction of democratic institutions, which vomit up con artists such as Donald Trump and hold as alternatives inept, corporate-indentured politicians such as Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi, is cementing into place a new authoritarianism. The hollowing out of the pillars of the state, including the diplomatic corps and regulatory agencies, leaves the blunt force of the military as the only response to foreign disputes and fuels endless and futile foreign wars.

    Just as ominous as the visible rot is the internal decay. Among all social classes there is a loss of faith in the government, widespread frustration, a sense of stagnation and entrapment, bitterness over unfulfilled expectations and promises, and a merging of fact and fiction so that civil and political discourse is no longer rooted in reality. The nation’s isolation by its traditional allies and its inability, especially in the face of environmental catastrophe, to articulate rational and visionary policies have shattered the mystique that is vital to power. “A society becomes totalitarian when its structure becomes flagrantly artificial,” George Orwell wrote. “That is when its ruling class has lost its function but succeeds in clinging to power by force or fraud.” Our elites have exhausted fraud. Force is all they have left.

    The United States is a wounded beast, bellowing and thrashing in its death throes. It can inflict tremendous damage, but it cannot recover. These are the last, agonizing days of the American Empire. The death blow will come when the dollar is dropped as the world’s reserve currency, a process already underway. The value of the dollar will plummet, setting off a severe depression and demanding instant contraction of the military overseas.” by Chris Hedges

    Te last sentence is why I am cheering on the collapse of the US. Tomorrow would be OK.

  16. Antius on Wed, 30th Jan 2019 2:04 am 

    “The timing will be crucial. European operations should not occur before China openly begins to challenge the US in the South China Sea, over Iran or even Venezuela.”

    The most important near term step is to dismantle Hate Speech laws and restore freedom of expression. This will allow the full crimes of ZOG to be made public and will fully expose the crimes of the Jew against the white world.

    Simply doing that and publishing it in English, will hugely undermine ZOG America.

    Finally, will come the official abandonment of racial equality. The Jew will be forbidden from owning media; forbidden from being part of or influencing a political campaign, etc, etc. They should be readily identifiable wherever they are.

  17. Antius on Wed, 30th Jan 2019 2:12 am 

    Makati, personally, I would rather not see the collapse of America. I would like to see the end of ZOG and the return of its protagonists to the state of permanent persecution that they endured before the 20th century, and rightly so. Unfortunately, it would appear impossible to excise the tumour without killing the patient. The US is just too far gone.

    That is a pity. The USA before ZOG and the global empire, was probably the finest nation on Earth.

  18. makati1 on Wed, 30th Jan 2019 2:59 am 

    Antius, I don’t think the US was ever what it seemed to be. It indirectly caused both world wars and most of the wars and conflicts in its ~242 year history. It was born by killing off the native population and went on from there.

    It has to collapse to allow peace to come to the world. It has to fall so low that it does not have the resources to bully the rest of the world in any way. The US dollar has to become almost worthless. THAT is why I hope it happens soon. I’m prepared. Are you?

  19. Cloggie on Wed, 30th Jan 2019 10:43 pm 

    Oh nose! Stay away!

    “Germany macht frei”:

    “The International Brains” and “Our Misfortune” are coming back. They know nothing good comes from this Brexit farce, for the Anglos, that is.

    “That is a pity. The USA before ZOG and the global empire, was probably the finest nation on Earth.”

    Not sure about the “finest”, at least it was the free-est nation. And yes it was in the 19th century much better than in the 20th century, when it became a monster at the hands of George Carlin’s “Big Club” or Henry Ford’s International Vultures. The US is hands down the worst catastrophe in the history of the white race, most of all for white Americans themselves, who were stuck with an evil incrowd that sought and seeks to destroy an entire demographic. White Americans are the next Indians.

    In the interest of white Americans, not to mention Europeans, the sooner this desaster falls apart, the better it is for everybody involved (apart from Open Society Satan Soros).


    And a “little” revenge exercise needs to be organized for the history books.

  20. Cloggie on Wed, 30th Jan 2019 11:25 pm 

    Venezuela, the next Ukraine, Syria, Iraq?

    The US doesn’t like countries that aren’t vassals of the US-led West and thinks 24/7/365 about how to change that situation, usually through regime change attempts, with very mixed results.

    US success stories: Germany, UK, western Europe, Japan, Taiwan, KSA, Egypt, Jordan, Chile, Serbia, Ukraine, Libya, Grenada

    US failures: Cuba, Vietnam, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Russia-2000

    The encouraging fact: most successes were in 1945, most failures since the seventies until now. The US is clearly running out of steam. And China and Russia are meanwhile too strong to be defeated. And then there is the EU. And the US itself is rapidly turning impotent third world.

    Who will pull the plug on empire? Candidates:

    US white nationalists seceding
    EU populists seceding
    China dealing a military blow on Taiwan and South China Sea
    Iran and Turkey conquering KSA

    All of the above.

  21. Cloggie on Wed, 30th Jan 2019 11:26 pm

    Forgot the link.

    Who owns the military in Venezuela?

  22. DerHundistLos on Thu, 31st Jan 2019 11:13 pm 

    “You are a high net worth individual per your own words.” ~~~Davy~~~

    Really, show me where I crowed about being a “high net worth person”?

    I would never say such a thing. Show me the quotation.

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