Peeking at peak oil: Will consumers face oil rationing within a decade?

May 30, 2012

What happens when a handful of the world's largest oil fields— accounting for two-thirds of the world's oil—run dry? What are the implications of such a prospect for food production, economic growth and ultimately, global security? In his new book, Peeking at Peak Oil ( Springer, 2012) physicist Kjell Aleklett explores the science and consequences behind the sobering reality that the world's oil production is entering terminal decline with no satisfactory alternatives.

Peeking at explains how oil is formed, discovered and "produced," using science to reveal the errors and deceit of public and private organizations with a vested interest in promoting business as usual. As President of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil & Gas (ASPO) and head of the world's leading research group on peak oil, Aleklett will be presenting the data and major conclusions of his book at the 10th International ASPO Conference in Vienna, Austria, on 30 May 2012 (http://www.aspo2012.at/). The conference serves as a gathering of international top experts on fossil fuel depletion and its implications, providing attendees with the latest updates on a wide range of energy and related economic issues.

The term "peak oil" was born in January 2001 when Colin Campbell founded ASPO, dedicated to the scientific exploration of the idea that our primary energy supply is finite and limited. Originally regarded as a fringe theory, peak oil has arrived. One telling sign is a 2012 International Monetary Fund working paper, "The Future of Oil: Geology versus Technology," which incorporates Campbell's depletion model, and concludes that oil prices can be understood only by considering supply constraints, i.e., peak oil.

Using simple language and engaging illustrations, Aleklett's Peeking at Peak Oil leaves readers with a clear and comprehensive understanding of the emerging issue of our time. Peak oil is now used thousands of times a day by journalists, politicians, industry leaders, economists, scientists and countless others around the globe. Peak oil is not the end of oil but it tells us the end is in sight.

Explore further: Massive geographic change may have triggered explosion of animal life

More information: www.springer.com/978-1-4614-3423-8

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Are some governments taking 'peak oil' seriously?

Sep 08, 2010

(PhysOrg.com) -- One of the arguments that some bring up in defense of alternative energy is that of "peak oil." The idea behind peak oil is that, as a fossil fuel in limited supply, eventually we will reach ...

Peak oil and public health: Political common ground?

Aug 09, 2011

Peak petroleum—the point at which the maximum rate of global oil extraction is reached, after which the rate of production begins to decline—is a hot topic in scientific and energy circles. When will it occur? What ...

Geotimes explores oil around the world

Feb 04, 2008

With oil hovering around $90 a barrel, Geotimes magazine examines emerging trends and issues in several obvious, and some not-so-obvious locations, in this month’s cover story “Oil Around the World.”

Recommended for you

NASA sees remnants of Nilofar go to cyclone graveyard

18 hours ago

Wind shear has caused the demise of former Tropical Cyclone Nilofar in the northern Arabian Sea. NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Nilofar on Oct. 31 and captured an image that shows strong wind shear has ...

User comments : 57

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

Aryeh_Z
1.6 / 5 (14) May 30, 2012
I have been reading this BS for the past 50 and we keep finding more and more oil. Maybe it is time to seriously rethink the nature and origin of oil? The standard theory that oil is a onetime created item does not seem to be holding up. An alternative theory that oil is constantly being created should be given a more serious look.
kaasinees
3.6 / 5 (14) May 30, 2012
Nobody said fossil oil is a one time created substance.
It is however a very slowly created substance and we use more of it than is replenished.
Terriva
4.3 / 5 (11) May 30, 2012
and we keep finding more and more oil
This is an boiling frog effect - you will not realize the danger, until it's too late. The energy and money cost required for mining of oil increases steadily: at the 1931 the energy contained in one barrel of oil was sufficient for mining of another 143 barrels, at the 1971 it was 17 barrels and in 2001 it was only 7 barrels. In this way the consumption of oil grows even faster, than its consumption at the market. We are paying increasing price for oil in form of environmental catastrophes and oil wars (Kuwait, Iraq). The consequences of these wars are financial crisis. Now we are facing another, even more dangerous war with Iran, which could bring a nuclear conflict.
An alternative theory that oil is constantly being created
You should look seriously rather at the people, who are spreading such a nonsense - who these people are payed by?
kaasinees
2.9 / 5 (13) May 30, 2012
Just wait until we have output enough garbage into the atmosphere that all life will boil alive, we soon will be put underground as fossil oil.
Terriva
4.3 / 5 (6) May 30, 2012
The problem of oil is, its price doesn't reflect the increasing cost of mining, because mining companies simply consume more and more oil at the place. In addition, the mining companies tend to overestimate their oil supplies, as it enables them to increase the mining quotas given by local governments. The overestimation of oil reserves helps these companies to keep their price at the stock market, because nobody would invest into Shell, if he would know, it has most of resources depleted already. This is simply how the laws of "free market" works.

In this way, the low end consumers have no relevant informations both about actual oil reserves, both about speed, in which these reserves are depleted at the oil fields.
Terriva
5 / 5 (3) May 30, 2012
As the result, the prices of oil are unstable and they tend to fluctuate in wide range, because they're subject of many speculations of all subjects involved: the mining companies, owner of tankers and refineries and oil product dealers. If we face the price fluctuations of commodity, the production and consumption is relatively stable, we can be sure, the supply - demand equilibrium doesn't actually control this price and we are just waiting for troubles to happen.
Terriva
1 / 5 (5) May 30, 2012
I don't believe in AGW propaganda very much, but what I do believe is, when the price of oil will exceed 250 - 300 USD/barrel, we are facing global nuclear war. It actually nearly happened before nine years, when the oil price topped 200 USD/barrel.

http://www.thejer.../pid/897

If the USA or Israel will start with nuclear war with Iran, then other countries will become involved fast and we couldn't handle the future situation with diplomacy anymore, because nuclear strikes are fast.

http://www.thetot...rom-iran

The only solution of this potential crisis is fast replacement of portion of oil production with cold fusion technology - or most of poor and middle-class people will be in deep sh*t. I know quite well, you're not realize it - but I do like many other things.
CapitalismPrevails
2.4 / 5 (14) May 30, 2012
From the GAO, "Tapping the vast amounts of oil locked within U.S. oil shale formations could go a long way toward satisfying the nations future oil demands. Oil shale deposits in the Green River Formation are estimated to contain up to 3 trillion barrels of oil, half of which may be recoverable, which is about equal to the entire worlds proven oil reserves."
http://www.gao.go...-12-740T

I say open up oil fracking and legalize diesel engines to everyone and save more oil.
CapitalismPrevails
2.8 / 5 (11) May 30, 2012

The only solution of this potential crisis is fast replacement of portion of oil production with cold fusion technology - or most of poor and middle-class people will be in deep sh*t. I know quite well, you're not realize it - but I do like many other things.

Terriva, fusion power doesn't fuel gasoline cars, doesn't create tar for our roads, doesn't create lubricating oil, doesn't create plastics, or create derivatives for pharmaceuticals, paints, cosmetics, etc. Fusion power is the equivalent in productivity from nuclear power and coal power but is a lot cleaner. BTW, you need to pull money from somewhere to build and electric grid to support electric cars. Where is that money going to come from?
Terriva
2.7 / 5 (7) May 30, 2012
Oil shale deposits in the Green River Formation are estimated to contain up to 3 trillion barrels of oil, half of which may be recoverable
Even with cold fusion fully developed we would need roughly one third of oil for chemical and plastic industry. We cannot burn it all anyway and the oil will remain a strategical raw source a long time after its replacement with could fusion as a fuel. Regarding the amount of oil deposits, their availability is the key. For example, the Earth core may be full of pure iron - but such iron is still useless for us, if we cannot mine it in sufficiently effective and environmentally friendly way.
Terriva
1.9 / 5 (7) May 30, 2012
Fusion power is the equivalent in productivity from nuclear power
The cold fusion is quite different stuff, as it could be scaled up and down without environmental, hygienical and political risks. We cannot power the chemical plants with nuclear fission reactors because of their inherently low safety - but with cold fusion it would be possible. I presume, with sufficient energy source we could separate the carbon dioxide from air and to produce hydrocarbons for chemical industry, so we could reverse the carbon cycle at the end. The cold fusion opens the way for terraformation of Sahara (irrigation with marine water) and for new generation of cosmic flights. Without it we could forget all these adventurous plans: the civilization could still somehow survive with solar and wind plants, but in very humble way and we should forget the expansion into extraterrestrial space.
Vendicar_Decarian
3.3 / 5 (10) May 30, 2012
Oil is manna from heaven. Food for God's chosen children, the Automobile.

"An alternative theory that oil is constantly being created should be given a more serious look." - AryehTard

Aryeh should ask itself if more oil is being "found" than pumped.

Peak oil was reached somewhere between 2005 and 2007,

Deal with it or suffer.
Vendicar_Decarian
3.1 / 5 (9) May 30, 2012
What a shame that Martini and Rossi's E-Cat has turned out to be a scam.

"The cold fusion is quite different stuff, as it could be scaled up and down without environmental, hygienical and political risks." - Terriva
Vendicar_Decarian
3 / 5 (8) May 30, 2012
CapitalismFails is correct on this issue.

Americans will have to live with fewer roads as well as fewer cars.

"Terriva, fusion power doesn't fuel gasoline cars, doesn't create tar for our roads" - CapitalismFails

Reality is relentless.
Vendicar_Decarian
3 / 5 (8) May 30, 2012
Oh come now, money grows in the ground like oil.

"Where is that money going to come from?" - CapitalismFails

Perhaps if everyone has their own home generating facility courtesy of E-Cat then such an infrastructure will not be required.

Ameica is falling apart anyhow. So there will be no need to demolish anything.
Vendicar_Decarian
2.7 / 5 (11) May 30, 2012
"Oil shale deposits in the Green River Formation are estimated to contain up to 3 trillion barrels of oil, half of which may be recoverable" - Capitalism Fails

You have to be pretty damn disparate to look to such low grade carbon to save your backside.

Why not reduce your energy consumption by 80 percent rather than being idiots?
CapitalismPrevails
2.9 / 5 (13) May 30, 2012

Why not reduce your energy consumption by 80 percent rather than being idiots?

Vindictive D!ckhe@d

This is what's so depressing about statism are the limiting aspects of it. Statists don't know the meaning of freedom and would rather demand and scream for despotism. Why don't we just move back to the stone ages so the masses can be slaves to your wise overlords instead of making carbon our slave? I would love to reduce energy consumption by 80% but only if it results added productivity to our GDP/ grow our economy. In other words, only if it produces wealth and elevates the human condition.
rwinners
3 / 5 (4) May 30, 2012
This is not just a question of oil, but of all energy, both carbon based and other.
The markets are dynamic. As oil continues to become evermore scarce, other fuels will begin to dominate usage. In the US, natural gas is going to be first and renewables filling in as time goes by and oil becomes less and less available.
In China and India, coal will be used to create electricity which will be used to create syngas.
I doubt that there is anyone on the planet who has the in depth knowledge and more, the intuition, to accurately predict the future of energy sources well into the future.
Terriva
1 / 5 (1) May 30, 2012
What a shame that Martini and Rossi's E-Cat has turned out to be a scam.
Martini? Martini is really an Italian name. This is everything, what your post has to do with reality.
rwinners
5 / 5 (3) May 30, 2012
As the result, the prices of oil are unstable and they tend to fluctuate in wide range, because they're subject of many speculations of all subjects involved: the mining companies, owner of tankers and refineries and oil product dealers. If we face the price fluctuations of commodity, the production and consumption is relatively stable, we can be sure, the supply - demand equilibrium doesn't actually control this price and we are just waiting for troubles to happen.


I disagree on this point. All things considered, the price of oil is usually most effected by political events and possible political events much more than by any production squeeze.
Vendicar_Decarian
3.7 / 5 (6) May 30, 2012
Yup and when the gas runs out there will always be Fat Americans to render into fuel oil.

"As oil continues to become evermore scarce, other fuels will begin to dominate usage" - rlosers

Oil production has already peaked and will continue to fall until virtual depletion in 30 to 40 years.

Are had better start converting Tard Boy. You are running late.

Vendicar_Decarian
3.3 / 5 (7) May 30, 2012
Oil production has peaked, and oil reserves will be depleted in 30 to 40 years.

"Statists don't know the meaning of freedom and would rather demand and scream for despotism." - CapitalismFails

Your political ideological preferences are immaterial...

EndGame - Capitalism fails.

Reality is relentless.
Vendicar_Decarian
3.4 / 5 (7) May 31, 2012
Well, the Republicans have promised to take Americans back to the glory days of the late 1700's.

Those who are fans of Typhus and the Plague are strong supporters of the party.

"Why don't we just move back to the stone ages so the masses can be slaves to your wise overlords instead of making carbon our slave?" - CapitalismFails

You were born a slave Tard Boy. A slave to a Capitalist system. That is why you can't conceive of the fact that you are one. You just ain't bright enough to comprehend the nature of your cage.

Cattle are best kept that way. It makes you easier to farm.

Reality is relentless.

Vendicar_Decarian
3.3 / 5 (7) May 31, 2012
If you want the economy to grow, break some windows. Start a war. Kill your brother. Rape your sister. Burn down some cities.

It's all good for the bottom line of some Corporation.

It keeps the Cattle engaged in needless work. Otherwise they might start to think and realize that they are being farmed by Capitalists.

"I would love to reduce energy consumption by 80% but only if it results added productivity to our GDP/ grow our economy." - CapitalismFails

But you aren't smart enough to realize that FailsBoy. That is why you blame public self rule for the excesses of Corporatism.

Reality is relentless.
CapitalismPrevails
1.7 / 5 (9) May 31, 2012
If you want the economy to grow, break some windows. Start a war. Kill your brother. Rape your sister. Burn down some cities.

... That is why you blame public self rule for the excesses of Corporatism.

-Vindictive Donkey

Your incoherence is exquisite. Does the destruction of war grow the economy or does it create debt? Look at WWII for example. Did Cash for Clunkers stimulate? Sure, but at what cost? It stimulated in the short term but obviously not the long term because the government ran out of other people's money. The money/value payed for the existing clunkers was lost.

You refer to corporatism as if it has nothing to do with the size and scope of government. The bigger government is, the more capacity it has to corrupt. Corporations aren't bad but corporatism is. Wipe out the SEC, EPA, FTC, FDA, etc...so there's no possiblity of them being corrupted & let markets(private unions, consumer unions, PEOPLE voting with their wallets) regulate corporations.
CapitalismPrevails
2.6 / 5 (12) May 31, 2012
You were born a slave Tard Boy. A slave to a Capitalist system. That is why you can't conceive of the fact that you are one. You just ain't bright enough to comprehend the nature of your cage."

-Vindictive Donkey
Capitalism: The VOLUNTARY exchange of capital for goods and services between free citizens. Look it up. Are you suggesting i should join you and your fellow drones and worship your wise and mighty overlords? Should i just bend over and grab my ankles and let Czar Kathleen Sebelius dictate my heath care? Should i look forward to Canadian, UK, Cuban style healthcare with all the efficiency of the Post Office and the DMV? NO, i really do believe YOU are the slave. Not only slave but a willing slave.
Vendicar_Decarian
3 / 5 (8) May 31, 2012
"Work brings freedom" - Sign posted over many NAZI death camps.
"Work brings freedom" - Perpetual promise of the Capitalist.

"The VOLUNTARY exchange of capital for goods and services between free citizens." - CapitalismFailed
ShotmanMaslo
3.3 / 5 (7) May 31, 2012

You have to be pretty damn disparate to look to such low grade carbon to save your backside.

Why not reduce your energy consumption by 80 percent rather than being idiots?


That would surely be devastating for quality of life, so how does that solve anything? Reduced energy consumption is THE detrimenal effect of peak oil, not a solution. Solving peak oil by reducing energy consumption is an oxymoron (unless the reduced consumption comes from increased efficiency, of course).
Vendicar_Decarian
3.4 / 5 (5) May 31, 2012
War was part of the economic stimulus that lifted the U.S. economy out of the great depression.

"Does the destruction of war grow the economy or does it create debt?" - CapitalismHasFailed

The fact that war destroyed much of Europe isn't really relevant to Libertarians/Randites/Conservatives who hold that self interest and money grubbing are the only interests.

"Your incoherence is exquisite. " - CapitalismHasFailed

Given your low IQ, no one expected you to understand.

"It stimulated in the short term but obviously not the long term because the government ran out of other people's money." - CapitalismHasFailed

There have been several "cash for clunkers" programs over the decades, all of which have been budgeted. None were open ended. So it is a lie to claim that they were suspended because government ran out of money, when in fact government spending has continued well after those programs were completed.

I have never encountered a Conservative who wasn't a congenital liar.
Vendicar_Decarian
2.8 / 5 (6) May 31, 2012
It is interesting that the current Capitalist Economic system consists of more than 80 percent wasted effort, and that Man must reduce his CO2 emissions by somewhere around 80 to 90 percent.

"That would surely be devastating for quality of life, so how does that solve anything?" - ShotManTard

Leisure is the ultimate Liberty.
Noumenon
1.3 / 5 (25) May 31, 2012
This will be the only mechanism that can 'solve AGW',... as oil becomes increasingly expensive, investments into alternative energy sources will likewise increase, as it will become apparent that profit potential of alternative tech will be able to compete with oil, making such investments come about naturally within our existing capitalistic society.

The 'progressive' far left and their 'solution' of reducing oil consumption by social engineering and control of human behavior, will not work in free societies. Free people will not allow solutions incompatible with freedom & capitalism.

One can catch a glimpse in the link below, of what the life will be like if these 'progressive' liberals gain control,.... they WILL control every aspect of your life, the gov WILL become your parent, ...in the fantasy attempt at solving whatever societal problem their child like minds deem necessary.

http://www.nytime...tml?_r=1
Vendicar_Decarian
3.1 / 5 (7) May 31, 2012
Peak oil is a fact that can not be "solved" any more than the amount of rock on earth can be "solved".

What can be "solved" is the problem of the consumption of this natural resource in an environmentally unsustainable manner.

"Solving peak oil by reducing energy consumption is an oxymoron." - ShotManTard

If you have any suggestions on how to consume more oil while consuming less, then feel free to share your thoughts here.

Until then I think it is wise for rational people to presume that unsustainable rates of consumption are unsustainable and hence require reduction.

Reality is Relentless.
Vendicar_Decarian
3.1 / 5 (7) May 31, 2012
According to NumenTard's ideological fantasy land, Mayor Bloomberg of NY is an evil Liberal.

In fact he is a Republican.

"One can catch a glimpse in the link below, of what the life will be like if these 'progressive' liberals gain control,.... " - Numentard

In 2001 Bloomberg ran for mayor as a Republican, winning the election that year and a second term in 2005. Bloomberg left the Republican Party over policy and philosophical disagreements with national party leadership in 2007 and ran for his third term in 2009 as an independent candidate on the Republican ballot line.

Poor NumenTard. The Universe just ain't what he claims it is.

I have never met a Republican who wasn't a congenital and perpetual Liar.

NumenTard is no exception.
Vendicar_Decarian
3.5 / 5 (6) May 31, 2012
According to NumenTard's political ideology, reducing oil consumption must be forced upon society through high prices and scarcity.

"The 'progressive' far left and their 'solution' of reducing oil consumption by social engineering and control of human behavior, will not work in free societies." - NumenTard

According to NumenTard, people must be free to be forced to consume less by the marketplace.

Market Coercion according to NumenTard is the ultimate freedom.

Slavery is freedom under Libertarian/Randite ideology.
Noumenon
1.3 / 5 (26) May 31, 2012
Dear cartoon character VD,

I don't speak in terms of republican / democrat,... I speak in terms of conservative / liberal. There are liberal republicans, and there are conservative democrats.

His actions as cited by me above are what define him as a supporter of the Nanny State. Progressive liberals WANT more government control over peoples lives.
Vendicar_Decarian
2.9 / 5 (8) May 31, 2012
In other words you can fabricate anything you like and arbitrarily assign any act you disagree with as Liberal when in fact it is the act of a Conservative.

"I don't speak in terms of republican / democrat,... I speak in terms of conservative / liberal." - NumenTard

Thanks for showing us how sick, and how far removed from reality your political ideology is.

As for myself... I prefer reality.
Vendicar_Decarian
3.3 / 5 (7) May 31, 2012
So when a Republican acts in a manner that does not mesh with your personal wishes, he is a Liberal.

Perhaps this is why you were so incensed at the list of Republican Child molesters I posted.

"His actions as cited by me above are what define him as a supporter of the Nanny State" - NumenTard

That makes you a filthy liar doesn't it?

Just like every other Libertarian/Randite who has ever existed.
ShotmanMaslo
3.7 / 5 (6) May 31, 2012
Decarian:

"It is interesting that the current Capitalist Economic system consists of more than 80 percent wasted effort"

Citation needed. There are still some reserves in increasing efficiency, but surely not 80%. You just made up such an unrealistic number.
Efficiency is a cherry on top, not the solution.

"If you have any suggestions on how to consume more oil while consuming less, then feel free to share your thoughts here."

I spoke about energy, not oil. Its possible, and realistic, to reduce our oil consumption by almost 100%, without decreasing our *energy* consumption (and quality of life) at all - by substituting fossil energy with different energy sources, obviously.
Noumenon
1.3 / 5 (26) May 31, 2012
The 'progressive' far left and their 'solution' of reducing oil consumption by social engineering and control of human behavior, will not work in free societies. - Noumenon


According to Noumenon's political ideology, reducing oil consumption must be forced upon society through high prices and scarcity..... people must be free to be forced to consume less by the marketplace. Market Coercion according to Noumenon is the ultimate freedom. - [Anti-American dimwit raghead troll, with retarded side kick kaasiness]


Free market capitalism leaves freedom of choice and liberty intact.

The free market will work because it is the result of natural instincts of man, like water seeking its lowest level. While social engineering human behavior works against these forces. This is why one will work and the other doomed to failure.

Governments have proven their incompetence in far less complicated issues.

p.s. please learn how to use the quote system.
Vendicar_Decarian
3.2 / 5 (5) May 31, 2012
NumenTard is free to choose his slave master. So he thinks he is free.

The slaves are so easily fooled.

"Free market capitalism leaves freedom of choice and liberty intact." - NumenTard

"The free market will work because it is the result of natural instincts of man" - NumenTard

Perpetual exponential growth will work because it is the result of the natural instincts of man.

Murder will work because it is the result of the natural instincts of man.

Rape will work because it is the result of the natural instincts of man.

The world is flat because it is the result of the natural instincts of man.

All things are composed of air, earth, fire and water, because it is the result of the natural instincts of man.

The earth is the center of the universe, because it is the result of the natural instincts of man.
Noumenon
1.3 / 5 (26) May 31, 2012
"I don't speak in terms of republican / democrat,... I speak in terms of conservative / liberal." - Noumenon


In other words you can fabricate anything you like and arbitrarily assign any act you disagree with as Liberal when in fact it is the act of a Conservative.


No, you ignorant troll, Bloomberg is a liberal wrt my citation above. You just used a quote from Wiki above, further down that same page is the following,....

"Bloomberg is considered a social LIBERAL, who is pro-choice, in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage and an advocate for stricter gun control laws.... Bloomberg has placed a strong emphasis on public health and welfare, adopting many LIBERAL policies." - wiki

So again, dingus, I repeat,... there are liberal republicans and conservative democrats.
Vendicar_Decarian
2.7 / 5 (6) May 31, 2012
Americans are no longer capable of governing themselves. Hence the rise of the American Corporate slave state.

"Governments have proven their incompetence in far less complicated issues." - NumenTard
Vendicar_Decarian
2.8 / 5 (6) May 31, 2012
In other words you can fabricate anything you like and arbitrarily assign any act you disagree with as Liberal when in fact it is the act of a Conservative.

"Bloomberg is considered a social LIBERAL" - NumenTard

Thanks for showing us how sick, and how far removed from reality your political ideology is.

Slavery is freedom in NumenTard land.

As for myself... I prefer reality.
Noumenon
1.3 / 5 (27) May 31, 2012

Perpetual exponential growth will work because it is the result of the natural instincts of man.

Murder will work because it is the result of the natural instincts of man.

Rape will work because it is the result of the natural instincts of man.

The world is flat because it is the result of the natural instincts of man.

All things are composed of air, earth, fire and water, because it is the result of the natural instincts of man.

The earth is the center of the universe, because it is the result of the natural instincts of man.


LOL, none of that drivel made a lick of sense. Why do you associate conservatives with the state of the jungle? Only one fundamentally ignorant would over-speak the way you do. You watch way too many cartoons.

Conservatives are in support of government wrt criminal law and protection of private property. That is, a fundamental role of gov must be to protect citizens against those wishing to do them harm, physically and economically.
Noumenon
1.4 / 5 (27) May 31, 2012
Americans are no longer capable of governing themselves. Hence the rise of the American Corporate slave state.

"Governments have proven their incompetence in far less complicated issues." - NumenTard


There is no "American Corporate slave state" if there is no alternative that is not controlling in nature.

The slave trade did not pay wages, and nor was such a slave allowed to leave the plantation.

American corporations pay wages, and such workers, who must work in any case, are free to leave that corporation, and are free to educate themselves to leave that form of work as their abilities and freedom allow them.

The reality that you should be living in, is that the world economies are based on free market capitalism. This WILL continue long into the future, with minor down turns and up turns as expected, along the way.

Your cartoonish ideology is entirely irrelevant. Not even Obama has the power to implement your anti-capitalist mentality.
Noumenon
1.5 / 5 (26) May 31, 2012
In other words you can fabricate anything you like and arbitrarily assign any act you disagree with as Liberal when in fact it is the act of a Conservative.

"Bloomberg is considered a social LIBERAL" - NumenTard

Thanks for showing us how sick, and how far removed from reality your political ideology is.

Slavery is freedom in NumenTard land.

As for myself... I prefer reality.


I have just PROVEN to you that Bloomberg is a 'social liberal' and NOT a 'social conservative', as anyone can verify for themselves,... and you continue the same line of blather. That is the epitome of living in a fantasy land, and of perpetually lying.

You're the type of dolt that will just say anything. You and your mentality are politically irrelevant. You are cut from the same fabric of hemp as Occupy Wall Street mindless zombies. Even the democrats abandoned them,... bahahaha
geokstr
2.1 / 5 (7) Jun 01, 2012
According to NumenTard's ideological fantasy land, Mayor Bloomberg of NY is an evil Liberal.

In fact he is a Republican.


Totally uninformed as usual.

Bloomberg was a lifelong Democrat until he ran for mayor of New York. The Democratic field was too crowded for him already. In 2007, he changed his party affiliation from Republican to Independent.

He is for higher taxation in one of the highest taxed states and cities in the nation, higher spending in a state that's bankrupt, total gun banning, telling people what to eat, what to drink, all classic positions of a nanny state leftist. The model for hypocrisy, he had the mayoral term limit law changed so that he could run for a third term and now backs changing it back so that no one else can.

Republican indeed.
rwinners
5 / 5 (1) Jun 01, 2012
Oh, as to the question posed by this article? Oil is already rationed by price and has been for decades.
Vendicar_Decarian
3 / 5 (4) Jun 02, 2012
NumenTard Just can't figure out that people are laughing at him.

"The free market will work because it is the result of natural instincts of man" - NumenTard

Perpetual exponential growth will work because it is the result of the natural instincts of man.

Murder will work because it is the result of the natural instincts of man.

Rape will work because it is the result of the natural instincts of man.

The world is flat because it is the result of the natural instincts of man.

All things are composed of air, earth, fire and water, because it is the result of the natural instincts of man.

The earth is the center of the universe, because it is the result of the natural instincts of man.
Vendicar_Decarian
3.8 / 5 (4) Jun 02, 2012
The Rise of the Corporate State in America

http://www.jstor....57214127

"There is no "American Corporate slave state"" - NumenTard

The New American Corporate State

http://www.forbes...yer.html

The Corporation Of The United States Of America

http://reality-by...-America

The United Corporate States Of America

http://www.huffin...937.html

It's the Corporate State, Stupid

http://www.inform...7260.htm

Social Origins of the American Corporate Predator State

http://www.thomas...m/?p=115
Vendicar_Decarian
3.7 / 5 (3) Jun 02, 2012
There... fixed it for you.

"You're the type of dolt that will just say anything that is true." = NumenTard
Deathclock
3.5 / 5 (8) Jun 02, 2012
I have been reading this BS for the past 50 and we keep finding more and more oil. Maybe it is time to seriously rethink the nature and origin of oil? The standard theory that oil is a onetime created item does not seem to be holding up. An alternative theory that oil is constantly being created should be given a more serious look.


Man you're dumb... we know EXACTLY how oil is created. It is not a "one time creation"... but it takes an extremely long time to form and we are using it at rates thousands of times that which it would take nature to replenish it.
Vendicar_Decarian
3.7 / 5 (3) Jun 02, 2012
American Farmers and Capitalists provide food for their farm animals, and such animals, who must eat in any case, are often free to select the stalls in which they are milked.

"American corporations pay wages, and such workers, who must work in any case, are free to leave that corporation" - NumenTard
Vendicar_Decarian
3.8 / 5 (4) Jun 02, 2012
Ahahahaha... Haven't you noticed that America is no longer relevant on the world stage?

"Your cartoonish ideology is entirely irrelevant. Not even Obama has the power to implement your anti-capitalist mentality." = NumenTard

No one of significance gives a hoot what the leader of a third rate nation can or can not do.
Noumenon
1 / 5 (21) Jun 02, 2012
Ahahahaha... Haven't you noticed that America is no longer relevant on the world stage? - VD


Statements like the above, which is obviously patently false, is what exposes you as an intellectual fraud, and no more than a cartoon character. Even in a resession, the USA's economy is the strongest in the history of mankind. This is only a disputable fact amongst cranks and frauds.

You reside in the USA (or Canada), so clearly you enjoy all the benefits of living in a capitalist society. Why not leave and live where your parents were from originally, or move to some socialist country? Are you a hypocrite or a liar?
Husky
not rated yet Jun 04, 2012
Well, there is relatively shalegas providing temporal relieve and there are small modular nuclear reactors in the pipeline that can be used by mining companies for oil extraction of the tarsands without expending oil to do so. I think the oil companies rather see a reactor power their fossile mining operations than reactors bypass their bussiness and power electric cars.
Husky
not rated yet Jun 04, 2012
-edit-

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.