If one thing is certain about our future, it’s that the human race cannot feasibly continue to burn fossil fuels at our current rate. Sometime in the next decade or two, people are going to be rudely awakened by absurd gasoline prices, and that’s just one rock in the pond. The ripples will spread to different markets: Imports and exports on an international scale, social gatherings, shipping, every form of transportation and more. The ripple effect will then spread throughout the global economy. And yet, it seems that modern society as a whole does not understand that our lives are built on unsustainable fossil fuels.
The only real option that we have is to make a strong, dedicated push towards having a future that relies on clean energy. California, New York and TexasElectricityProviders are some of the best in the country at bringing people from a place of fossil fuel reliance to fossil fuel use, and this is the exact attitude it is going to take to transition out of the upcoming oil crisis.
Make no mistake: The oil situation can only get worse. Clean, sustainable energy is no longer a fairy-tale dream; it’s a necessity. While the horizon may hold incredible technology stemming from the great Nikola Tesla’s mind, thorium’s incredible nuclear efficiency or solar power’s practical approach, it’s important to realize that the transition needs to be made before the crisis. While many will be able to weather a slow collapse of the world’s oil industry, many still will not. Without energy, many people will be unable to do their job, and that equals an economy with a reduction in supply. Lower supply leads to higher demand and higher demand leads to higher prices. It’s a vicious cycle, and most everyone’s going to be hurt by it. The costs of the necessities of life like food, water, shelter and medical care will be far more damaging than gas and electricity prices becoming unmanageable. We can live with candlelight if need be, but we can’t live without food and clean water.
While this might all sound gloomy, there’s still hope for the future. People need to investigate, research and invest in clean energy. Solar technology is looking more promising by the month, thorium reactors are being tested in India and some of Tesla’s ideas are being brought back to the public eye.
At the end of the day, we must all understand that if we wait too long and continue to ignore this problem, we will all bear witness to a catastrophic, global great depression. This is not dramatization; it is a plea. Please take a moment and look at how much of the world’s economy relies on oil and its plastic derivatives. Does it honestly seem like the world as we know it could possibly flourish if oil prices doubled or tripled in a short span of time?