This docudrama outlines the effects of a severe oil and gas shortage in the United States, brought on by a hurricane damaging much of the oil infrastructure along the Gulf Coast. The drama is seen through the eyes of stock traders and analysts, a small business owner, government officials and news reporters. The story begins when the massive Hurricane Julia strikes New Orleans, La. In addition to killing thousands of people, the storm - stronger than a Category 5 storm (the strongest on the Saffir-Simpson scale) - destroys a major pipeline at Port Fourchon, La. (as well as wiping out many offshore oil rigs and refineries). As work begins to rebuild the pipeline, the price of gasoline soars to above $3 a gallon. Then, a series of events spiral the gas prices to unheard of levels of $7 per gallon or more. The most notable of these events: Two large oil tankers collide in the Port of Houston, closing that channel down; and Muslim terrorists stage a series of attacks after the United ... Written by
Brian Rathjen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I have no idea how probable it is for a hurricane or terrorists to seriously cut off our oil supply, but I do know that most of the leading respected experts (oil and petroleum geologists) in the world today agree on a phenomenon called "Peak Oil". This phenomenon when explained to many people flies right over their heads although it is a fairly simple thing to grasp once you take a little time to do some research. Basically over the past 50-100 years we have exploded our population numbers on the reliance of cheap plentiful energy in the form of hydrocarbons. Over those past 50 years our need for oil has increased dramatically in order to continue business as usual for 6 billion people - that is, we have had to increase the rate at which we extract it from the ground. The Peak Oil concept states that we have reached the peak with which we can extract the oil and from now on we will be in continual decline. This means less and less oil available for a world demanding more and more each and every day. This means our entire industrialized society comes crumbling down as just about everything we buy and consume on a daily basis is dependent on that oil. Imagine for a moment what it would be like if gas costs $10 a gallon and you have to drive 20 miles to get to one of the few remaining gas stations still open for business. Imagine a loaf of bread costing $8 - imagine now that you are laid off work or your wages have been cut by 50% because your company can barely stay in business.
What would you do? How would you take care of your family?
Most people will react to these statements lightly or call them preposterous propaganda touted by liberal mother-earth fruitcakes - but I urge you to ask yourself what you base these assumptions on? How much do you really know about these issues? How much research have you really done? No amount of skepticism will keep this from happening. It WILL happen. The science is clear. The question is, how many people will embrace this information and make changes in order to ease the transition and how many will ignore it and continue on as usual? $50 a barrel for oil and the gas price increase we have seen this year are only the beginning. The Bush energy policy for Nuclear power and other needed programs is just the beginning. Being reliant on foreign oil is not the problem - being reliant on oil PERIOD is the problem. America makes up only 5% of the worlds population and yet consumes 25% of its hydrocarbon energy. Now who do you think will be hit the hardest when supplies begin to dwindle? If there was ever a time to become Amish, now is it!
We live in a country of celebrity worship, fast food, TV addiction and car fanaticism. Americans consume so much energy that the mere concept of energy is foreign to most of us. It's all we know. We have never seen what happens when things really start to go wrong. I recommend that you NOT take my word for it - just go to google and enter the words "Peak Oil" or "Oil Crisis" and start reading. I also highly recommend seeing a documentary film called "The End of Suburbia - Oil depletion and the collapse of the American Dream" - endofsuburbia dot com
This movie Oil Storm can easily be dismissed as sensationalism and I agree that much of it may certainly be just that - I also believe that some of the things depicted may not be too far from a possible future truth too ugly for many to believe could possibly be true. Believe me, I would love to be wrong about this - I have even gone to great lengths to find opposing evidence about peak oil. I have yet to find any with any real credible reference or basis in fact. I will continue to do research on this and learn as much as I can - I can't recommend highly enough that you all do the same.
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