Following on from Dr Bartlett’s seminal documentary, here’s another video report that should be mandatory viewing. Hell, this should be being shown on every TV channel every hour on the hour, so that even terminal couch potatoes get the message.
But then… we don’t want to do anything rash, something that might risk starting a panic, do we, Powers That Be?… or should that be ‘Powers That Quite Possibly Won’t Be For Very Much Longer’?
Ah, yes, risk. One message that I felt was slightly lost in this report was the impact of risk creep. The Deepwater Horizon oil disaster has brought to the fore the reality of the risks that are now being taken by the oil industry (not to mention the politicians in its pockets) as it struggles to maintain the fiction that peak oil isn’t already upon us.
How urgent is this? According to Dr Fatih Birol, Chief Economist of the International Energy Agency (IEA):
“It would have been better if governments had started to work on this at least ten years ago.”
The phrase ‘between a rock and a hard place’ doesn’t even scratch the surface of the dilemma currently faced (or, rather, not being faced) by our civilisation. The horns are:
- ‘business as usual’ — which, actually, isn’t business ‘as usual’ at all because business is actually a damn sight riskier these days — and those making the decisions on our behalf have lost sight of this reality.
- admit there’s a problem — immediately put society on what would effectively be a war footing, complete with rationing, shortages, assorted freedom restrictions (oh, won’t the libertarians just love that idea?), miscellaneous assorted hardships…
The term ‘risk creep’ could well be reused as a derogatory reference to describe those who have placed all of us in this situation by their lunatic insistence that there’s no need to worry. Here, have a huge vote of thanks to complement your massively inequitable paypackets. Why not?
Welcome to Eaarth, humans.