The latest estimates confirm that the world’s oil and natural gas supplies are running out.
At some time between now and 2020 the world’s supply of oil and gas will fall below the level required to meet international demand.
The US and UK governments are fully aware that we are about to endure a disastrous international energy shortage. Dr James McKenzie, a senior member of the climate change programme at the World Resources Institute in Washington, USA, was heard to have said “That’s why we went to war in Iraq.”
They always knew the world’s oil reserves would run out eventually. Oil is formed by a natural geological processes which occurred over millions of years. Oil consumption presently exceeds 25 billion barrels a year and demand continues to spiral upward, out of control.
The outcome is inevitable.
In the 21st Century we rely on oil and gas for transport. Cars, lorries, ships, and aircraft, as well as electrical power. We cannot survive without oil and gas, and when the supply runs out the great, hungry engine of Western civilization will finally grind to a halt.
We are heading for an event that may well be remembered as one of the great disasters of human history, and life is going to get much harder for everybody as the day of reckoning draws nearer.
In the years ahead, more wars will be fought over oil and fuel as the oil-dependent superpowers struggle in vain to preserve their unsustainable way of life.
We are entering a period of great change and there may yet be difficult times ahead.
The process has already begun.
Students of biblical prophecy will be familiar with certain verses from Christian scripture concerning the signs of the end times (Matthew. 24.8; Mark 13.8, Romans 8.22; Revelations. 12.03, 21.1/4).
“With these things, the birth pangs of the new age begin.” The New English Bible.
Whether you have a belief system or not, you should be aware that the tide of history is turning.
In North America, where they use far more oil than anywhere else on Earth, the vast majority (71%) of electrical power generation is entirely dependent on fossil fuels, coal (52%), gas (16%), and oil (3%). The world’s natural gas is running out along with the oil, and the coal supply is not unlimited either. Nuclear energy contributes only one-fifth to the US power network, and 7% of power is hydroelectric.
Only 2% of US electricity production is from renewable sources. As we continue to burning up the world’s dwindling fossil energy sources at a terrifying rate, we simultaneously unleash catastrophic damage to the natural environment.
It went mainly unreported that a wave of four major electrical power outages which struck the United States, then the UK; followed by Denmark and Sweden; and then Italy, Switzerland, Austria and France, only very recently. The effects only lasted a few hours, but each case was the biggest power failure in the history of the affected country.
These massive power cuts were separated by a matter of days.
The governments were only having a trial run then.
That was just the beginning.
It would be so much simpler to pursue alternative energy sources before it is too late, but the oil corporations are never going to allow this to happen. So important is their reliance on the power of controlling the reserves, they will violently defend any attempt to lessen the world’s dependence on it. That is even without the consideration of the phenomenal wealth and power awarded to those who control the distribution. Consequently, our corrupt politicians, whose lifestyle and power are lavishly funded with oil money, prefer to serve the short-term interests of greedy oil executives than the long-term interests of the ordinary people they purport to represent.
“But as long as we have genetically-modified food in our bellies and trashy entertainment and sport to keep us busy, why should we care? Sadly, it may well be the immorality and indifference of our own species that will ultimately lead to our own demise.”
Nothing lasts forever.
Like all the great civilisations in the past, our always-on, plugged-in and technology crazy lifestyle has a limited life-span. A few years from now the Western world will reach the point where there is no longer enough fuel to sustain civilisation in its present form.
This could literally be the end of civilisation for many as we know it.