“We’re in a transition period.”
-President Bush then mentioned switchgrass
I’ve become convinced that Peak Oil is a bigger deal than people want to admit or even think about. Oil is simple and efficient compared to its proposed successors. The energy invested in converting switchgrass to fuel would exceed the energy gained from the fuel. Switchgrass will not be able to replace oil.
As our world is already straining its resources, a loss of energy efficiency would result in many world systems failing. The potential scenarios are sobering.
But North America will be able to weather peak oil better than other regions of the world for several reasons:
(1) Conservationists have effectively stored a good percentage of North American oil resources through drilling bans. This is a strategic advantage moving forward in the 21st Century. Conservationists have created a super-mega-strategic oil reserve for future use.
(2) North Americans will be able to witness the effects of Peak Oil on the rest of the world, and adopt policies to restrict the uses of their reserves.
(3) Despite the efforts of foolish people, North America is still relatively sparsely populated.
I hope the Sierra Club is successful in its efforts to maintain the drilling bans. Whether they know it or not, they are acting as nationalists.
Go Polar Bears.