We Need Freedom of Action To Confront Peak Oil (VIDEO)

In the third video in the series “Peak Oil and a Changing Climate” from The Nation and On The Earth productions, co-editor of The Automatic Earth, Nicole M. Foss, explains how energy relates to the economy and what our impending energy crisis will look like. Foss discusses the issues associated with peak oil in financial rather than environmental terms, because she finds that peak oil has much more to do with finance than it does with climate change.

Foss talks about what she calls a “false positive feedback loop,” which involves optimism leading to “caution being thrown to the wind.” When this happens, Foss believes that people become angry. Succumbing to fear and anger might lead to engagement in destructive behavior, which would make it harder for society to confront peak oil and climate change.

Reacting to former vice president Dick Cheney, who once said “the American way of life is not negotiable,” Foss says, “That’s true because reality is not going to negotiate with you.” 

Go here to learn more about “Peak Oil and a Changing Climate,” and to see the other videos in the series.


Photo credit: wikimedia commons
By Kevin Gosztola at The Nation


Lorree G.
Lorree Gardener7 years ago

Ms. Foss is so correct with comments about the futility of fear, anger and/or blame. Build positive action from the bottom up. Nature and human ingenuity (not necessarily profit motivated) are here, to offer real options to the antiquated ways of oil and coal. Nuclear power should never be considered an option. While it may appear modern, clean, available...... it will never be safe and creates waste products that end up in offensive munitions! Besides that, it is very costly to build and would end up being paid for by duped customers. The sun shines on most parts of the planet, most of the time. And the wind still blows free. How obvious must opportunity be for us to understand, how easily we could all share "the wealth" of what is left of this amazing planet?

Theresa C.
Theresa C7 years ago

Thank you for sharing!

Hartson Doak
Hartson Doak7 years ago

The WHOLE world is in the same situation. Look at Ireland, Greece and maybe Spain going bankrupt. This a a money cycle created by a greed mentality. This I get mine at ALL costs approach to wealth. We have to realize that helping each other help ourselves. The world is going to go through this economic restructuring. It will be difficult. But that is why I moved to Hawaii. At least I can live on the beach and not freeze to death.

Henri P.
Henri P.7 years ago

The oil peak seems to be close.gasoline prices are getting higher all the time.Maybe i should by a gas fueled car.:)it would nice to have gas/electric plug-in hybrid:)

Barbara Erdman
Barbara Erdman7 years ago

thanx for article

Trish K.
Trish K7 years ago

Reality won't negotiate with you . . . Wake Up !

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L7 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Paula G.
Paula G7 years ago

There are many alternatives to fossil fuel over use. I have been looking at plasma gasification and it looks like it could be good alternative. This process can use trash, bio fuel, and even coal in a more environmentally friendly manor. Other countries have already put this technology to work. It is expensive but no more than nuke reactors and appears to clean environment. It was first created to dispose of toxic chemicals that could not be put in land fills and the disposal of chemical weapons. Do a search and see what you think.

We should be working self sustaining with all the tools available especially those that decrease our carbon foot print.

Tom Sullivan
Tom C Sullivan7 years ago

Power in #'s

Glenn M.
Glenn Meyer7 years ago

Miss Foss is dead on.
The depression is here and we are in a correction only.

She did not mention 2 things that should be considered.

1. As long as the government will do nothing about out-sourcing and off-shoring of U.S. jobs the underlying cause of the financial collapse will continue and the economists are now dealing with a historical change they do not understand.

2. If nothing is done about global warming then the increase in temperature is likely to affect the food belt and create another dust bowl situation DURING the depression.

Which means that people will likely starve.