Unfortunately this is a serious post.
Jan Lundberg on a post-petroleum future:
The trucks will no longer pull into Wal-Mart. Or Safeway or other food stores. The freighters bringing packaged techno-toys and whatnot from China will have no fuel. There will be fuel in many places, but hoarding and uncertainty will trigger outages, violence and chaos. For only a short time will the police and military be able to maintain order, if at all. The damage that several days’ oil shortage and outage will do will soon wreak permanent damage that starts with companies and consumers not paying their bills and not going to work.
After an almost instant depression seizes the modern industrialized world, and nation-states break down, the frantic attempts of people to feed themselves, stay warm and obtain fresh water (pumped presently via petroleum to a great extent), there will be no rescue. Die-off begins. The least petroleum-dependent communities will survive best. These “backward” nations will be emulated by the scrounging survivors of the U.S. and the rest of the “developed” world, as far as local food production will be tried – in a paved-over, toxic landscape by people who have lost touch with the land…
Serious reading for a petroleum-heated afternoon in San Francisco:
Automatic Earth – “40 ways to lose your future“
Also from Automatic Earth: “Renewable Power – Not in your life time“
Blog: Baseline Scenario
Blog: Zero Hedge
GlobalCorp (FTW Archives)
And below “United States Healthcare Spending” via National Geographic
via Global Economic Analysis. For more upbeat news, check out today’s FTW.