Conversation: Ben Namikin
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One of the most powerful ideas motivating people to advocate for a local, green economy is the concept of peak oil: the argument that at some point in the not-to-distant future, we are going to face acute petroleum scarcities that will demand a complete overhaul of our society and economy. The rules of geology mean that at some time, oil production will decline. Already, the petroleum firms are going to extreme lengths pursuing deep-sea drilling, exploring for oil in tar sands and shale deposits, trying to wring the last drops from existing wells using high-powered steam to eke out the globes remaining oil. Authors such as Richard Heinberg and James Howard Kunstler have sold thousands of books detailing the nightmare scenarios of a post-oil age. But, as these writes show, the future does not have to be gloom-and-doom; our fate remains in our own hands.