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THE OIL AGE IS OVER

by Matt Savinar

 

Get the truth — before it’s too late

 

This book deals with Peak Oil and it’s many ramifications.
It comes in the form of a long list of questions and answers.
It’s available in both printed and electronic form.
To know more about how to get the book, visit www.lifeaftertheoilcrash.net.
You can get an idea of the contents of the book reading the following table of contents.


Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction

Part II: Peak Oil and the Ramifications for Industrial Civilization

 

1.

What’s “Peak Oil”?
 

2.

When will Peak Oil occur?
 

3.

Big deal. If gas prices get high, I’ll just carpool or get one of those hybrid cars. Way should I be concerned?
 

4.

What do you mean by “die-off”?
 

5.

Are you serious? That’s as much as 90% of our current population. How could that many people perish? Where does that estimate come from?
 

6.

I still can’t imagine that number of deaths. It’s just too ghastly to imagine. Only 10% of us are going to make it? How can that possibly be?
 

7.

Not to be insensitive, but I’m sure that most of those deaths will take place in the third world. The US will likely have the bulk of the survivors, right?
 

8.

Clearly, we have a real problem, but you’re describing the worst-case scenario, right?
 

9.

Where are you getting this information from? Who else is talking about Peak Oil? What type of backgrounds do they have? How do I know they’re credible, not crazy?
 

10.

Those people sound credible, but I want to hear it from the horse’s mouth. What does Dick Cheney have to say about this?
 

11.

Can you give me a rundown of what to expect in the years to come?
 

12.

Is it possible that we have already hit Peak Oil and are now in the first stages of the Oil Crash?
 

13.

What about the oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve (ANWR)? If the environmentalists got out of the way, couldn’t we just drill for oil there?
 

14.

What about the oil under the Caspian Sea? I heard there was a massive amount of oil underneath it.
 

15.

What about so-called “non-conventional” sources of oil? Doesn’t Canada have an enormous amount of this type of oil?
 

16.

I just read an article that states that known oil reserves keep growing. What do you have to say about that?
 

17.

Is it possible that there is still more oil left to be discovered?
 

18.

I know Simmons, Goodstein and others like them are experts with absolutely impeccable, bulletproof, credentials, but even experts turn out to be wrong sometimes. What if there is actually a huge amount of oil just waiting to be discovered? Wouldn’t that make a difference?
 

19.

But I just heard on the news that they made a huge oil discovery somewhere!
 

20.

Is it possible that things might get better before they get worse?
 

21.

Can’t technology just find better, more efficient ways to use the oil that is left?
 

22.

I heard that some scientist has a theory that fossil fuels actually renew themselves. If that’s true, wouldn’t it cast doubt on the validity of Peak Oil?
 

23.

If this were all true, wouldn’t you see gas stations closing left and right?
 

24.

Didn’t the Club of Rome make this exact same prediction back in the 70s?
 

25.

We had oil problems back in the 1970s. How is this any different?
 

26.

The “end of the world” is here, once again. So what’s new? Y2K was supposed to be the end of the world, and it turned out to be much ado about nothing.
 

27.

How does all this tie in with Global Climate Change?
 

28.

There is no way humanity will go extinct as a result of Peak Oil.
 

29.

My friend, who is really knowledgeable about these things, keeps insisting we have 35 years of oil left.

Part III: Alternatives to Oil: Fuels of the Future or Cruel Roaxes?

 

30.

What about alternatives to oil? Can’t we just switch to a different source of energy?
 

31.

Can’t we use coal to replace oil? I know it’s dirty and could hurt the environment, but who cares about pollution if the alternative is starving?
 

32.

What about substituting natural gas for oil?
 

33.

What about using methane hydrates from the ocean floor as fuel?
 

34.

What about Geothermal Energy? Could we get our energy from things like volcanoes?
 

35.

What about Hydrogen? Even Arnold, who owns 10 Hummers, says he’s a proponent of hydrogen fuel cells. Everybody talks about it so much; it must be good, right?
 

36.

What about Nuclear Power? If we’re desperate, we won’t have any choice but to use it.
 

37.

What about solar power?
 

38.

What about Water/Hydro-Electric power?
 

39.

What about wind power?
 

40.

You’re forgetting about plant-based fuels. Can’t we just grow our fuel?
 

41.

What about that new technology that can turn anything into oil?
 

42.

What about free energy? Didn’t Nikola Tesla invent some machine that produced free energy? Couldn’t we just switch to something like that?
 

43.

Are these altematives useless then?
 

44.

If renewable energy is such a poor substitute for oil, why do I hear so much about it? The govemment and news media wouldn’t be lying to me, would they?

Part IV: Issues of Economy, Technology, and the Ability to Adapt

 

45.

I don’t think there is really anything to worry about. According to classical economics, when one resource becomes scarce, people get motivated to invest in a replacement resource. When the price of oil gets too high, renewable energy will become profitable and companies will begin investing in it.
 

46.

What about the whale oil crisis of the 19th century? The market solved that crisis, what makes you think it won’t solve this one?
 

47.

The oil companies are so greedy, they will come up with a solution to keep making money, right?
 

48.

Is it possible the oil companies are sitting on some technology that they’re going to bring to the market? Or maybe the government is hiding some technology that can replace oil?
 

49.

I bet the oil companies have been buying up all the patents for devices that could save us.
 

50.

I think you are underestimating the human spirit. Humanity always adapts to challenges. We will just adapt to this, too.
 

51.

What if somebody invents some new, miraculous technology or makes some discovery that can replace oil? In fact, I just heard of an inventor who has a device/new resource he claims will replace oil. It sounded pretty promising.
 

52.

We’ll think of something. We always do. Necessity is the mother of invention.
 

53.

People survived for thousands of years before oil. There is no reason we can’t survive without oil.
 

54.

What if everybody went out and got a hybrid car? Would that help the situation?
 

55.

How will the coming oil shortages affect our banking and monetary system?
 

56.

If we stopped spending so much money bombing other countries and put that money towards peaceful pursuits like building schools and hospitals, wouldn’t that help the situation?
 

57.

But my friend just told me about some car that was invented that runs on water or air. If we could get more technology like that, wouldn’t it solve the problem?
 

58.

So how do our leaders plan on overhauling the intemational banking system?

Part V: Peak Oil and US Political/Social Issues

 

59.

Who do you think is more at fault for this situation? Bush or Clinton? Rush Limbaugh and his “ditto heads” or Michael Moore and his French-loving Hollywood buddies?
 

60.

If John Kerry is elected president, will that help the situation?
 

61.

Why haven’t I heard about this on the nightly news?
 

62.

In light of the energy situation we are facing, why is the Bush adminlstration spending money and cutting services like there’s no tomorrow?
 

63.

Why are we going off to the Moon and then to Mars at a time when we should be dealing with these oil shortages?
 

64.

What about Bush’s plan to give amnesty to the illegal immigrants from Mexico? Does that have anything to do with Peak Oil?
 

65.

Does Peak Oil have anything to do with the war on drugs?
 

66.

I’m a Baby Boomer. What can I expect in the years to come?
 

67.

I’m a member of Generation X or Generation Y. How will Peak Oil affect me in particular?
 

68.

I own a Hummer. What can I expect in the years to come?
 

69.

I’m having trouble believing that a country as powerful as the United States is on the verge of collapse.
 

70.

Is it possible that the govemment is actually trying to speed up the collapse?

Part VI: Peak Oil and America’s March Toward Fascism

 

71.

Does Peak Oil have anything to do with September 11th and the war in Afghanistan?
 

72.

Does Peak Oil have anything to do with legislation such as the Patriot Act?
 

73.

Gosh, don’t you think you’re making a big deal out of nothing? I’m not a fan of the Patriot Act or Homeland Security, but really — this is just unnecessary alarmism.
 

74.

Would this explain why our military and police forces bave been investing so much in “crowd control” and “non-lethal” technology?

Part VII: Peak Oil and Global War

 

75.

What is the government doing to solve this problem?
 

76.

So the war in Iraq was about oil? Was Saddam the true target?
 

77.

Iraq, Afghanistan… Who else is on the hit list?
 

78.

So if all these wars are for oil, why are we in Haiti? They don’t have oil.
 

79.

What’s going to happen when recently industrialized China decides it needs what little cheap oil is left as bad as the United States does?
 

80.

Well, at least we don’t have to worry about Russia anymore. After 9-11, they said they would support us. They’re our friends now, right?
 

81.

Is it possible that China and Russia might get together and gang up on the US?
 

82.

What about other “Westernized” countries? Don’t they need oil also? What are we going to do about them?
 

83.

War with Canada?! You can’t be serious?! That’s inconceivable!
 

84.

You forgot about North Korea…
 

85.

Gosh, this sounds worse than World War II…
 

86.

So how do the alliances shape up for the coming oil wars?
 

87.

Isn’t this going to require a reinstitution of the draft?

88.

What types of weapons are being developed for these oil wars?
 

89.

Would our leaders actually deploy these horrific weapons? How could they rationalize something so horrible?
 

90.

Are we really crazy enough to fight an all-out nuclear war for oil?
 

91.

Is there any chance we will resolve this situation without an all-out world war?
 

92.

I think I’m going to be sick.
 

93.

Gosh, this sounds like some type of Mad-Max scenario.

Part VIII: Managing the Crash & Coping with the Ramifications

 

94.

l’m by nature an optimist. This all sounds so pessimistic…
 

95.

It sounds like this is a serious problem, but you know, I could get cancer or be run over by a car or any number of other catastrophes. Why should I worry about this, too?
 

96.

I have work, school, bills, kids, traffic, etc., to deal with. How am I supposed to prepare for the Oil Crash when I’m barely keeping up with life as is?
 

97.

Should I be getting a gun and hiding in the woods?
 

98.

Do you think people will wake up in time for us to avert, or at least soften the crash?
 

99.

What are some steps we can take as a society to deal with Peak Oil? What are some public policies that, if implemented, will help us manage this crash instead of just running into it?
 

100.

Do you think the govemment is going to make moves to implement these measures?
 

101.

So we’re going to have to save ourselves?
 

102.

What are some steps that I can personally take in the next few days to begin addressing this situation?
 

103.

Would it be a good time to look into buying a solar-powered home, if I have the financial resource to do so?
 

104.

How am I supposed to help stop the military-industrial complex that seems to have taken over the world?
 

105.

How am I supposed to maintain a positive mental attitude now that I know industrial civilization is about to collapse? How should I prepare emotionally?
 

106.

As things begin to collapse, do you think society will finally make good on Shakespeare’s admonition to “kill all the lawyers.”
 

107.

In all honesty, do you really think we have a chance of surviving this?
 

108.

Are you saying we should just abandon our efforts at saving ourselves in hope that God intervenes?
 

109.

Why do you think this is happening? What do you think the “big picture” is?