“An old friend while enjoying a beer with me, surprisingly asked me “now the petrol prices are coming down again, doesn’t that show that predictions of peak oil are wrong?”
“Absolutely not,” I declared while choking on my Budweiser. “If you actually see the bigger global political picture, then you should be more inclined to install solar panels on to your home not less” I stated.
I backed up my statement saying “You can entirely encapsulate the naivety and arrogance of people through the Sphinx. The world’s academics, have spent lifetimes bolstering a contemporary world view that doesn’t fit the actual evidence. Just like we see with peak oil.”
The rain water weathering on the Sphinx, is so obvious for all to see. However, countless generations of Egyptologist experts were actually educated to not see evidence in plain sight. Water weathering pushes the history of its construction for many thousands of years before the first Pharaoh, and thus overturning textbook history.
The worlds oldest man-made monument is also a testament to man’s arrogance, simply because at some point in the much later Egyptian dynasties, a power hungry young Pharaoh deliberately asked his masons to replace the ancient lion head with his own.
Human beings have this uncanny skill of ignoring the facts, despite evidence to the contrary. In fact, despite evidence unearthed from Göbekli Tepe, with recent Easter Island discoveries and many other sites around the world today, now disprove the Victorian world view of history still taught in schools today.
Now we have established that not everything we are taught is factual and for something as unimportant as an old statue in the desert, we should now apply this logic to the most important issue of our modern age – oil?
Since the end of the last World War, it’s been a well established tactic to pick-a-fight to boost economic activity. Unfortunately, since China adopted the capitalist model, this tactic has become less and less effective.
With the lion’s share of western economic prowess, moved Eastward, our ability to sustain military budgets have led the industrial military complex to reflect on the last cold war, as a golden age for military budgets.
To justify increasing military spending in times of economic woe, the temptation to pick-a-fight with their old cold war foe must have been overwhelming.
Russia’s dominance over European energy supplies over the last decade, prompted this ‘new cold war’ with military budgets increased accordingly. To break Russia’s energy dominance, the Western alliance’s must bring down the cost of global oil costs while bringing the great bear to heel.
In a pact with Saudi Arabia, Europe and the US have agreed to increase protection with a new naval presence in Bahrain, in return, the Saudi’s have agreed to oversupply the global oil markets to break the Russian oil market dominance. The problem of peak oil is like the water eroded rocks of the Sphinx. Obvious to those who choose to see it, but of little concern to most that don’t. Recent conflicts demonstrate the concern for this subject – I digress.
As other Egyptian dynastic monuments prove, if they had gone to the trouble of building the great pyramids, Pharaoh would have decorated them in and out. This lack of “I built this, for me,” shows that the Giza monuments were already considered ancient when the Egyptian civilisation was flourishing.
Water damage on the Sphinx, the Easter Island Moai discoveries and many other global anomalies show civilisations come and go like waves on a beach in the ocean of time we find ourselves. Therefore, the fight for modern civilisation is won; the challenge of keeping it has only just begun.
Most previous civilisations come and go through natural disaster. We may just be the first to trip ourselves up through self-inflicted means.
In the meantime, back in todays world, a solar panelled house is considered a discerning, forward thinking and insightful house indeed.
A new age of resource wars has begun
The Keystone XL pipeline controversy in the US, the rush for fracking at any cost, anywhere, the food price crisis sparking the Arab Springs and the resulting fundamentalism born from its ashes, are all early symptoms of peak oil.
As predicted in the 1950s, a gradual transition to extracting oil from sand (tar sand) will be an early symptom of peak oil and this has now come to pass! The only factor unpredicted by Marrion King Hubbert’s peak oil prediction was fracking, which will only be a short term solution to a longer term problem.
Resource wars over energy, food and water have always been predicted, but that time is now and the low cost price of filling your car’s tank at the moment is a short term strategy. The temporary nature of this record low oil price cannot be understated.
This two-in-one gambled strategy of NATO is only made possible by fracking and controversial tar sand extraction. Unfortunately for us in the UK, our fracking capabilities are much smaller and very uncertain indeed and there is no plan B if this geopolitical gamble doesn’t pay off.
So the original question of “Petrol prices are low again, so were you wrong about peak oil?” should have been phrased as “Petrol prices are low again, will it last?”
The real price we’ll pay, will be a huge shunt closer to the edge of the peaked oil slide. The evidence for peak oil is hidden in plain sight.
History will prove that solar panels will be a good investment, both nationally and individually when you put real facts and evidence over simple conjecture. Have you ever wondered why the great pyramids are not adorned with hieroglyphics inside and out – I rest my case.
"Feel the pride."
Stuart Lovatt on
Founder of Heat My Home.