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The rising cost of international transport, travel, and the future of missionary religion.

Something lost upon the secular or "spiritual but not religious" people in North America is that Christianity, especially American Evangelicalism's identity is about spreading the religion. This happens through a large and complicated missionary system that works both locally and abroad. Missions are not just events, they are swathes of land that usually double as schools and orphanages that operate as a base of operations where missionaries live and work to provide education and support for poor communities parallel to their religious evangelization. This requires a lot of air-travel and so churches have incentive to advocate for Big Oil in any attempt to bring down the cost of air-travel, which in turns allows them to fulfill their religious identity. As energy becomes more scarce, missions will struggle to stay open and many Christians will have an identity crisis and angst because they can no longer fulfill their identity. In Liberalese that would be the equivalent of rising prices for hormones that made transition prohibitively expensive for transgenders (even adult ones). They will, and we have started to see it in America, begin to agitate in socially destructive ways in their despair. Roe V Wade's destruction was a cry for help, not just bigotry for shits and giggles. Get ready for bigger shake ups if Peak Oil is actually happening.

Then onto the second largest religion which is also missionary, Islam. To be a Muslim is not to raise the Arab ethnicity as some kind of chosen race, nor is it defined as the adoration of the leader of whoever happens to be the custodian of Mecca, be it the Ottomans or the Saudi Royal family today. It is no surprise though that the Kingdom has funneled the oil money to expand Masjid Al-Haram (Mecca), missionary work (mostly into Africa), and promote international Hajj. The Kingdom is seeking to diversify its economy which may be a sign they are internally realizing they can't increase oil production anymore. So my hope is that the international Muslim community coerces (they should not ask politely) the House of Saud to make further renovations to Mecca and transition their country's economy to accommodate larger Hajj travelers. Hajj takes energy, so these expansions need to improve on efficiency (they have built rail for the process) and allow for the poorest of Muslims to participate, which may be the Gulf States if the energy fat days are over. A collapse into poverty may result in a surge in religion as identity, and just as with the Christians, making that identity harder to fulfill is just asking for problems.

Religions appears to be in decline in the West, and being energy literate one can see that a decline in religion is related to energy consumption so a decline in energy use may very well reverse this process, and the world in general is getting more religious not less. The world population has increased by billions since the 70s and atheists account for less in absolute terms than they did back then since the collapse of the Soviet Union. So to conclude for those who see the energy graph start to enter negative slope, please be considerate of what this means for religion and religious people. I have seen the oil field works of West Texas make the most money of their lives during the boom years, and the shock and far-right reactionary despair they are vulnerable to when a mass layoff hits yet again. As Slavoj Zizek has recently stated in Christian Atheism: They were in hell, with no God to protect them, and Christ was there.

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2024/05/03
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The Great Simplification | Film on Energy, Environment, and Our Future | FULL MOVIE

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2024/04/19
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Navigating the Great Unraveling (Richard Heinberg)

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2024/04/18
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Peak Oil - Club of Rome

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2024/04/10
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The Twilight of an Age

Peak Moment 138: In his book, "The Long Descent", John Michael Greer observes that our culture has two primary stories: "Infinite Progress" or "Catastrophe". On the contrary, he sees history as cyclic: civilizations rise and fall. Like others, ours is exhausting its resource base. Cheap energy is over. Decline is here, but the descent will be a long one. It's too late to maintain the status quo by swapping energy sources. How to deal with this predicament? He lays out practical ideas, possibilities, and potentials, including reconnecting with natural and human capacities pushed aside by industrial life. [www.thearchdruidreport.blogspot.com]

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2024/04/06
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Official and Remastered CFPUP SUMMIT Webcast 03/25/17

This summit brought together an amazing panel that consisted of John Michael Greer, James Howard Kunstler, Chris Martenson, Frank Morris, and Dmitry Orlov to talk about issues ranging from politics, the economy, the food we eat, immigration, labor, poverty, minorities, war, and much more. Please be sure to like and share and stay tuned for more dynamic events from The Center For Progressive Urban Politics!

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2024/04/05
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Global Oil Depletion | Alister Hamilton

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2024/04/04
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The End of Suburbia - 52 minute documentary on peak oil

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2024/04/04
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Review of the recent Youtubevideo interview with Alister Hamilton, "Global Oil Depletion"

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2024/04/04
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[Oil] production likely to peak around 2020 . .

[Oil] production likely to peak around 2020 . . is not a doomsday message . . . because a more sustainable world may be a better place to live.”

– Colin Campbell, “Depletion Patterns Show Change Due For Production of Conventional Oil,” Oil & Gas Journal Special, December 29, 1997. p. 37.

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2024/04/03
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Have any Nate Hagens guests directly articulated some kind of flow chart from less energy to lower median wages?

I wanted to post this article and discussion to /r/collapse as a serious effort-post with about 10 paragraphs about how the public misunderstands what's happening but failed because I can't articulate the direct path linking abstract, systems-theorist models of EROEI decline with the concrete real world manifestations of decline.

I want to fix this and I don't know where to begin. If there is some podcast guest whose book I can read, that would be a great help compared to my plan B of reading the bibliographies at the back of Alice Friedemann's books. Does anybody here know of any?

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2024/04/02
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Peak oil shortages will begin...

“Shortages seem to be inevitable by the late 1990s, but knowledge of an impending supply shortfall may trigger an earlier price response.”

– Colin Campbell, “Oil Price Leap in The Early Nineties,” Noroil, December 1989, p. 38.

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2024/04/01
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The Power Of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (2006) | Official Full Documentary

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2024/03/31
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Oil production will peak in the early 1990's...James Schlesinger, April 25, 1977

Oil production should peak out around the world in the early 1990s. The world, which is now consuming about 60 million bbl. a day, faces a limit on production somewhere around 75 million or 80 million bbl. a day. That means in five years’ time we may have chewed up most of the possibility of further expansion of oil production.”

– James Schlesinger, quoted in Time, April 25, 1977,

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2024/03/30
15:09 UTC

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Joe Rogan needs a Peak Oil guest

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2024/03/22
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Modelling the accelerated decline of global conventional crude oil (minus condensate) production, with data from Steve St. Angelo

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2024/03/19
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2024/03/19
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National Academy of Sciences speaks with scientific authority, no need for bloggers

Looks like these folks really know their stuff. Most of the oil and gas was gone 3 years ago now, and all humans got out of it was...more oil and gas....?

National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council

“It will take only another 50 years or so to use up the great bulk of the world’s initial supply of recoverable petroleum liquids and natural gas.”

– Committee on Resources and Man (National Academy of Sciences—National Research Council), “From Resources and Man: A Study and Recommendations,” in John Holdren and Paul Ehrlich, eds., Global Ecology (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1971), p. 58.

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2024/03/19
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Peak Oil Quote: Early 20th century school

“The peak of [U.S.] production will soon be passed—possibly within three years.”

– David White, Chief Geologist, United States Geological Service, 1919, quoted in Edward Porter, Are We Running Out of Oil? American Petroleum Institute Discussion Paper #081, December 1995, p. 1.

The best geologists in the country and some say in the world, knew about peak oil 7 years before Hubbert got his first college degree. Maybe it was this display of precognitive ability on part these geologists that led him to work for him and develop some of their procedures and processes in the late 60's and 70'?

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2024/03/16
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Recent US Natural Gas Price Crash Will Start Affecting Permian Basin Oil Supply Soon

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2024/03/16
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Peak Oil Quote: Old School

“I take this opportunity to express my opinion in the strongest terms, that the amazing exhibition of oil which has characterized the last twenty years, and will probably characterize the next ten or twenty years, is nevertheless, not only geologically but historically, a temporary and vanishing phenomenon—one which young men will live to see come to its natural end.”

– Professor J.P. Lesley, State Geologist of Pennsylvania, 1886, quoted in Paul Giddens, Standard Oil Company (Indiana): Oil Pioneer of the Middle West (New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1955), p. 2.

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2024/03/16
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Where Peak Oil Began

Nuclear Energy and the Fossil Fuels - 1956

I mention this because upon visiting the wiki on peak oil for the first time in a long time, BOY has it changed. Scrubbed clean of some of the more...creative....scenarios and claims of the early 21st century, and a decided drier and less hysterical tone.

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2024/03/15
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Society's Hierarchy of "Energetic Needs"

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2024/03/11
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"Peak Oil, AI, and the Straw" | Frankly 56 (Nate Hagens)

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2024/03/08
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Bruce County: Peak Oil and Rural Transition Presentation

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2024/03/07
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Arthur Berman: the perfect energy storm - peak cheap oil and methane is here

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2024/03/06
10:17 UTC

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