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Yesterday’s missive by Rev. Kunstler was par for the course. JHK continues to write well, and more importantly, the regular commenters chimed in with many bon mots and commentary. One note struck me as something worthy of repeating, and worthy of a bit of investigation. User toktomi referred to Perry Arnett’s comment that,
“It will be in no one’s best interest to factually report the reality of the decline of fossil fuels once it begins in earnest.”
Looking up Perry Arnett, a few references showed up in http://www.oilcrash.com, under their ‘experts’ page. Arnett, writing in 2007, had posited that by 2014, with depletion rates of 15%/year, we’d be in serious trouble by 2014. Yet, here we are, living pretty much as we did (although things do seem a bit rickety…). This isn’t to knock Perry by any stretch; I’d venture to say many of us who see the data are still surprised the lights are on. Fracking and financial hocus-pocus may be part of the reason why we’ve kept the plates of civilization in the air for so long . But that it is in “nobody’s best interest to report…” may be one of the more disturbing comments on the entire collapse/powerdown issue. When/as things being to decline, if nobody reports this, that means we might be in even a *worse* situation. In the driving-over-the-cliff analogy, this is continuing to keep your foot on the accelerator as the car actually launches itself in the air, Thelma and Louise style.
If a boat was taking on water, and it was known by the crew that for sure, the boat was truly to sink, wouldn’t you want to know?