by Kevin Moore
Oilcrash: Originally the brainchild of one concerned individual, but now incorporating the efforts of many concerned citizens, Oilcrash/PowerLess New Zealand is an apolitical organisation concerned with the dissemination of accurate information about the future of humanity. The members of the oilcrash group are aware that the human race faces enormous challenges and that the majority of the population are almost completely unaware of. We are linked internationally to some of the most reputable sources of up-to-date information.
Whilst the members of the oilcrash group are extremely disturbed by the latest information concerning the sustainability of energy supplies in general and the effects of global warming (climate change), we believe that the most immediate crisis requiring attention is Peak Oil. Whilst not underestimating the dire situation with regard to such matters as out-of-control greenhouse gas emissions, we understand the implications for society of declining liquid fuel and are stunned that almost no preparations are being made for what will be the biggest calamity in the history of humanity (until climate change makes most of the planet uninhabitable).
We are extremely disturbed by the misinformation that is currently being disseminated by the government of Helen Clark and are particularly disturbed by
However, it is our perception that the majority of politicians (of all political parties), city mayors, city councillors, government employees, council employees, consultants etc. are completely ignorant of the facts and are utterly complacent. When confronted with the facts of oil depletion or global warming, a large portion immediately go into denial and make ludicrous statements such as ‘There is plenty of oil and it won’t run short for hundreds of years’ (Dick Quax, May 2003), or ‘Carbon dioxide is a harmless gas’ (Chris de Freitas 2004) which indicate that they are not only ignorant, but also utterly deluded. We are extremely concerned that politicians such as Barry Curtis or John Banks promote completely unrealistic policies because they have illusions of grandeur.
We are disturbed that large numbers of organisations in New Zealand are free to operate destructive or unsustainable businesses under pretext of being clean, green or sustainable, trading under an ‘eco-friendly’ labels, whilst the people who operate the said businesses do not have any understanding of the terms ‘sustainable’ or ‘ecologically friendly’ and indeed their descriptions of their businesses are oxymoronic. Thus destructive activities, such as international tourism (which is totally dependent on insecure fossil fuel supplies and which causes incremental destruction to the atmosphere), whale watching (using boats with outboard motors), are promoted as our salvation, when in fact they are contributing to our ruination. And of course, far worse, we are bullied into accepting highly destructive activities, such as motor racing, by a business community and government that are purely focused on short term goals.
We are particularly distressed that large numbers of politicians and city councils have been informed of the facts about energy depletion and environmental collapse and have chosen to return information unread, to answer serious questions with meaningless platitudes, to quote discredited or out of date reports or to fail to answer questions at all. We believe we are realistic when we say that oilcrash will occur within three years and could occur within a few months. We believe government’s insistence that large quantities of high-quality oil and gas will be found in or near New Zealand to be unrealistic in the extreme and simply illogical. We have received no intelligent replies to the questions we have asked on these and related matters.
We are accustomed to silence and failure to respond. We look forward to all debated accompanied by factual information, but have grown tired of unsubstantiated opinion.
We are not interested in debating the merits fantasy solutions to oilcrash, such as the hydrogen economy, when such solutions have already been proven to be entirely fallacious i.e. expend more energy than they deliver.
We ask all sane people to join us in the fight against this insanity promoted by the vast majority of politicians.
We require those who do not support our views to prove us wrong. To date, no individual, nor any organisation has even attempted to prove us wrong, let alone succeeded.
KDM Sept 2004
|Complacency:||A mental state in which the subject believes that there are no immediate threats to his/her wellbeing and if any threats do exist, then they are in the distant future or can be readily solved. … (is complacent).|
|Delusion:||A mental state in which the subject’s brain is tricked or tricks itself into holding false beliefs or opinions. … (is deluded).|
|Denial:||A mental state in which the subject blocks out factual information because it challenges pre-existing paradigms or because the information is too difficult for the subject’s brain to process. … (is in denial).|
|Ignorance:||A mental state of lacking knowledge or experience. … (is ignorant)|
|Illusion:||A mental state in which the subject has a false perception of what is seen or makes a false interpretation or what is seen. … (has illusions).|
|Informed:||A mental state in which the subject is in possession of information. … (is informed, has been informed).|
|Insanity:||A mental state in which the subject is incapable of logical thought. … (is insane).|
|Oxymoron:||A word, compound word or phrase which is self-contradictory. … (eco-tourism and sustainable development are).|
|Realism:||A mental state in which the subject has a tendency to face facts and be practical. … (is realistic).|
|Sustainable:||A situation or activity that can be continued, more or less indefinitely. … (pre-industrial societies were sustainable)|
|Oilcrash:||Originally the brainchild of one concerned individual, but now incorporating the efforts of many concerned citizens, Oilcrash is an apolitical organisation concerned with the dissemination of accurate information about the future of humanity. The members of the oilcrash group are aware that the human race faces enormous challenges and that the majority of the population are almost completely unaware of. We are linked internationally to some of the most reputable sources of up-to-date information.|