Iraq and Ukraine; this might be the Last LIght artificial Peak Oil scenario

http://www.amazon.com/Last-Light-Alex-Scarrow/dp/0752893270/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403092609&sr=8-1&keywords=last+light+alex+scarrow

The ruling powers decide to do an “artificial peak oil” scenario in order to kill off billions of people and save the economy. What they don’t understand, even though they rule the world, is that destroying the oil infrastructure means it will take centuries to rebuild modern civilization. So they go too far.

The real point of Last Light is that the ruling elites are not competent. They fly around on fancy jets and make fancy plans, but when they actually carry out their fancy plans, they don’t turn out at all as planned. And they never learn, right to the end.

It begins on a very normal Monday morning. But in the space of only a few days, the world’s oil supplies have been severed and at a horrifying pace things begin to unravel everywhere. This is no natural disaster—someone is behind this. Oil engineer Andy Sutherland is stranded in Iraq with a company of British soldiers, desperate to find a way home, trapped as the very infrastructure of daily life begins to collapse around him. Back in Britain, his wife Jenny is stuck in Manchester, fighting desperately against the rising chaos to get back to their children in London as events begin to spiral out of control—riots, raging fires, looting, rape, and murder. In the space of a week, London is transformed into an anarchic vision of hell. Meanwhile, a mysterious man is tracking Andy’s family. He’ll silence anyone who can reveal the identities of those behind this global disaster. The people with a stranglehold on the future of civilization have flexed their muscles at other significant tipping points in history, and they are prepared to do anything to keep their secret—and their power—safe.

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21 Responses to Iraq and Ukraine; this might be the Last LIght artificial Peak Oil scenario

  1. Ryu says:

    Naw. They’ve got almost total control of the system. That’s why the survivalists have claimed the same things since 1970 and there’s been no collapse. The elites are competent enough. Just keep the lights and TV on, that’s all Murkans need.

    Miracles don’t happen. We cannot count on a collapse. Survivalist have “the collapse”, Xtians “the rapture”.

  2. marblenecltr says:

    “Alcohol Can be a Gas” by David Blume-if Rockefellers, etc., will allow it.

  3. thordaddy says:

    We don’t have an elite… We have a “default elite” as the particular outcome of equality + integration + democracy + a desire for self-annihilation on a mass scale.

  4. Sam says:

    Oil supplies will get tighter in the future but noone’s doing anything to alleviate the problem. We could easily build thorium reactors to make up the difference but “nothing”. No long term planning. We’re acting like ghetto people with no concept of the future.

    • Mr. Rational says:

      It’s worse than that.  The elites have blockaded all progress on effective fossil-fuel replacements in the USA, but they’ve let the Chinese have all our research results on molten-salt reactors and sold the “pyroprocessing” nuclear-fuel reclaiming technology to South Korea.  This is not dithering around, it is active betrayal and looting.

      China announced a massive push to put molten-salt reactors into service in 10 years.

  5. Oil is not the only power source. If White males were to tinker in their garages and build something that would revolutionize the sources of energy we need, we wouldn’t even have to deal with the never ending problems of the Middle East. We need a Steve Jobs or a Dennis Ritchie, who did for computers what another White male shall do for energy. We need another Wright Brother, Edison, Ford, Lindbergh, etc. A mechanic friend of mine, who is a great admirer of Tesla, is working in his garage with the idea of using liquid hydrogen for automobile fuel. If he succeeds in creating a practical way of stabilizing liquid hydrogen, he may be the most popular man on the planet–if he doesn’t blow himself up first! There’s also solar power, wind power, steam power, cold fusion, and nuclear power. All could be made viable and safe if we put our minds to the task.
    All of this negative thinking is the only thing holding us back. I have faith in my people to overcome any obstacle–such is our history. We were on the moon, dammit! The MOON!

    • Mr. Rational says:

      If he’s good, your mechanic friend will see results that only suck as bad as the BMW Hydrogen 7.  If he’s not, they’ll suck worse.

      The problems of energy are not simple or easy to solve.  Edison and Tesla were genuises.  Edison invented the Ni-Fe battery, Tesla invented 3-phase power and the induction motor.  Neither of these can solve our current problems, and they’re not going to be solved in garages.

    • mindweapon says:

      Oil is not the only power source. If White males were to tinker in their garages and build something that would revolutionize the sources of energy we need,

      This is techno-optimism to the point of magical thinking.

    • Sam says:

      I think your right. Kinda. I do believe that one person can make a breakthrough. I doubt hydrogen can work in cars unless you can find a way to combine it with something so you don’t have large high pressure tanks.

  6. Stary Wylk says:

    I don’t expect a collapse. What I foresee (no mystic powers, just extrapolation) is a slow grinding down. Most people won’t even see it as a general social failure, but as single crises: “I can’t get a job”, “They cut my welfare”, “The electricity doesn’t work.” It will just be one thing after another and most of us won’t notice the fall of Western Civilization.
    A.E., you plainly have Internet access. There are things you can do with beer cans and scavenged lumber to use solar power. Similar things apply to wind power. Look it up and build something to improve your own life.
    Steam takes fuel. Cold fusion is unlikely to happen in someone’s garage. Nuclear power requires the people who do the work to be intelligent, conscientious and take a centuries-long view.
    Back to foWC. Maybe it’s not a fall. Was medieval life really worse than life under the Roman Empire?

  7. Sam says:

    There’s actually very good news on the energy front. A myriad of different techniques for fusion. Cold fusion definitely works but no one’s figured out how to control it on demand, yet. Lots of designs for liquid reactors which can use thorium, uranium and even burn uranium waste from our present reactors. Of course the problem is none are ready “right now” and most are underfunded due to either short time investment strategy or risk aversion. It’s probably going to take government funding for the fission reactors. We spent 2 trillion on Iraq just think if we would have put this in Liquid Thorium reactors. For 2 trillion we could have had free electricity for years. Even with standard CANDU or other light water reactors it would have been better than burning the money in Iraq. If we can make some of these work we’ll be in good shape. There’s plenty of oil for the short term. As long as in the next twenty years or so we move to something else.

    Here’s a good summary of fusion concepts. I find nextbigfuture.com keeps up with developments in energy so he’s worth looking into frequently.

    http://nextbigfuture.com/2013/05/nuclear-fusion-summary.html

    • mindweapon says:

      That’s actually not good news on the energy front. It’s a lot of talk, and it’s the same thing they’ve been saying for years.

      There is no substitute for oil. Even if we had free electricity, it would not substitute for oil.

      • Mr. Rational says:

        Free electricity plus either batteries or overhead wires (or both) do substitute for oil.

        If you have free electricity you can throw your garbage and grass clippings through an electric arc to make carbon monoxide and hydrogen.  From those you can make nearly anything, including gasoline (though methanol is better for piston engines).

      • mindweapon says:

        You going to pave the roads with electricity? What about all the other industrial uses for oil?

        Also, I think you don’t get the scale of energy that would have to be created to replace the current oil system.

      • Mr. Rational says:

        You going to pave the roads with electricity?

        Concrete works.  It may even be possible to use lime cement instead of Portland cement, and let the roads suck CO2 out of the air over the years.

        What about all the other industrial uses for oil?

        Like plastics?  Lots of those can be synthesized.  Ethylene is one of the biggest building blocks used by the industry, and it can be made from CO and H2.  The complex molecules in oil that are useful in petrochemistry came from plants, and we can get them directly from plants.  The quantities needed are not large.

        Also, I think you don’t get the scale of energy that would have to be created to replace the current oil system.

        Believe me, I know what 400 quads looks like.  What most people don’t know is that you can put 400 quads of raw energy supply in a small house.  Yes, one small house-full of raw material is sufficient to supply all human energy consumptio for a year.  95% of the stuff that’s burning oil today will be junked in 20 years.  All we have to do is replace it with something else instead of more of the same.  The problem is that we have to use the right replacements, and there are powerful forces which derive their wealth from rents on the current sources and have no scruples about stopping any such shift.

  8. Sam says:

    You can make oil from atmospheric CO2 and the hydrogen in water. It would be cost effective with some of the proposed fusion generators. You are right that “it’s just talk”. They haven’t proven them yet. Some do have large numbers in test shots and seem to be on the right path.

    A strange thing is certain technologies seem to spring from the ground at certain times. I’m not sure why this is so. The concept has been noted by many others. Maybe it’s fusion time. I believe more private capital has been put forth for fusion than at any other time.

    There’s no doubt what so ever that thorium reactors can be made to work. They’ve already run them for years. It’s essentially a regulation/more cash/engineering exercise. There are no big maybes. The main reason we didn’t go to thorium reactors was the cold war needed plutonium for weapons and thorium reactors provided no easy path. Light water reactors did.

    • Mr. Rational says:

      Plants make oils from CO2 and water in the air.  Doing it yourself is very expensive, just in the capital cost of the equipment.  It’s really not the way to go if you have any alternative, like batteries.

      • mindweapon says:

        Unless the aliens come down and give us the infinite energy machine that does it for us. LOL.

        If we had infinite energy we’d destroy the ecological basis for life on earth. LIMITS are real, people.

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