Peak oil doom and gloom

refugees_02There are a lot of “Peak Oil” doom and gloom vibes floating around out there and I think they are emanating mostly from socialism thumping Democrats. And I’d be all doomy, gloomy and depressed also, if I thought the way to energy independence was packed into big no fun, no freedom, everyone goes the same place at the same time, mass transit buses and trains.

Most people don’t readily take to a no fun, no freedom, no hope, tomorrow’s no better than today way of life; but many on the left are giving their best shot at guilting Americans into accepting socialism as some sort of punishment for a raised standard of living.

I don’t get the same doom and gloom vibes over gas prices from people on the right. They tend to focus on a better situation in life, responsible freedom, perhaps a little fun, and most definitely hope over doom & gloom. And why not! Capitalism and freedom make “peak oil” a non-issue. Regardless of supply or lack of supply, as prices go up, capitalists will look for more economical solutions and usually find them.

imageAnd by solutions I mean solutions, not a pushcart, not a bike, not public transportation, not even one of these little pseudo-cars that I read about in the Herald. While, it may be good enough for running around town; with a top speed of 35 mph and a range of 50 miles, it just doesn’t do it for me. I’m sure the manufacturer hit their niche market, but gas burning autos are a mass market, and a mass market vehicle demands mass market performance and pizazz.

Baker_E_01In fact, to understand just how little performance and pizazz this modern wonder has, you need only to compare this little car to the Baker Electric, which topped out around 25 mph, but had a longer range of 110 miles. In 1909 the Baker may have had performance and pizazz, but similar performance in a car today is rather dull, maybe even dangerous.  Tough to think of giving up even high priced gas for this golf cart like auto.  This Baker is part of Jay Leno’s GarageCheck it out. He does a great review and even has a test drive clip. Pretty cool! For 100 years ago.

And before you leave Jay’s Garage, check out the Tesla Roadster. Tesla Motors is showing just how ungloomy and undoomy our future will be if continue to fend off socialism. Tesla_01

  • Acceleration time: 0–60 mph in 3.9 seconds.
  • Top speed: electronically limited at 125 mph
  • Range: 221 miles on the EPA combined cycle

Performance, pizazz, and technology that will likely trickle down to mass market family cars and minivans. And by the way they are selling these. You know; capitalism, some profit, some jobs, some fun, and a lot of hope for a better future.

Oh, and just for fun.

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7 Responses to “Peak oil doom and gloom”

  1. wally says:

    Toby, I appreciate that you devoted enough time here to formulate an opinion on this article.

    I think you will find very little opposition to “peak oil” If we keep use anything faster than it is produced then we will run out. Simple math and pretty tough to oppose. It’s like being opposed to the sun going down at night. Kind of senseless.

  2. Toby says:

    What a lowsy article. This is the opposition I find to Peak Oil? Your case against “socialism thumping Democrats“ as being “no fun, no freedom, everyone goes the same place at the same time…“ is completely beside the point and doesn`t even begin to tackle the reality of the situation.

  3. AFY says:

    If we took a Manhattan Project mentality to our energy crisis with allowing all sources; carbon, alternative and otherwise to play into our solution, problem solved!

    My position is that there are those (even right here in Bham) who do not want this problem solved and if anything would love for it to get worst to promote their own agenda(s)!


  4. Gus says:

    When we say “oil” someone needs to clarify “light sweet crude”. There’s a metric butt-ton (slightly more than an assload) of lesser grade oils available that will take us well past the 20XX date people declare as the doom and gloom date.

    On a slight tangent, I seem to remember reading something a while back that stated the shale oil in Utah would be monetarily viable to refine if the price of a barrel broke three bucks a gallon. I’ll have to hunt down that article.

  5. AFY says:

    Liberals do get the blame in my book, the bad news is that they are in both parties. The reason that the democrats control congress is because when the GOP controled congress they behaved like democrats (they still are, check out the farm bill) so why not have the real thing?

    Ethanol is a ripped, not only for what it does for fuel prices but also for what it is doing to food. When we can make ethanol from waste (coming soon!) then that will not be effecting food prices, now it is not as much of a bad idea (Mr. Gore thank you very much!).

    Fact: today known (note we don’t even look in some places anymore) oil rerserves are greater than they were 10 years ago! In other words there is plenty of oil if we would go after it!

    If the issue is price, more drilling and refining will check that, but that is not the real issue, Is it?


  6. Gus says:

    I wouldn’t put all the blame on liberals. Pretty much everybody in Washington (D.C.) has a hand in the gas apathy. Forcing the 10% ethanol that costs more gas to produce than you get out of it was a bad move. Allowing every state in the union to require their own blend of gas raises the price. Not having enough refineries to support the demand raises the price (even though it’ll take 10 years to make a new one). The list goes on and on.

    Electric cars are viable only inasmuch as they’re not using gas directly. Most of the American refineries are still using fossil fuels to create electricity. While it may be a reduction in overall fossil fuel usage (I haven’t seen the numbers so I’m not sure.) it’s still not freedom from it.

    The key would be creating electricity from “pure” sources. Sunlight, wind power, “wave” power and even “the nuclear option” are all viable but not being pushed near enough.

  7. AFY says:

    Those who oppose drilling for new oil, those who oppose adding refinery capacity, they are the guilty ones, they are responsible for our current market induced high price of gas.

    More supply and the price will go down, otherwise we are headed even higher until the people of this country wake up to the fact that the liberals are selling the American people a bill of goods, here’s the rub if the liberals can make it bad enough for everyone (kinda like what they have done with education and health care) well socialism might not look that bad after all!