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I have a plan for avoiding famines as we gradually run out of oil.

First,
running out of oil will create famines,
including here in the USA,
since we need lots of diesel fuel for
the irrigation pumps,
the tractors to plant crops,
the tractors to harvest crops,
the trucks to transport the crops to the processing plants,
the trucks to transport the processed crops to the livestock,
whether the livestock are
chickens, hogs, cattle, or humans,
and then the meat to the humans.

Without all that diesel fuel,
food does not even get close to the supermarket.

My plan for avoiding that famine,
below the squiggly.

The first part of the plan
is that someone must persuade everyone
to get themselves surgically sterilized,
so the birth rate is way down,
and after old farts like me are dead,
we will no longer need oil.

Our descendants can all live on farms,
or villages surrounded by farms,
using horses or mules to plant and harvest.

But between now and then,
as we get the number of humans down,
from 300 million Americans,
to 3 million Americans,
we need to ration the remaining oil.

As the flow of oil slows,
and it soon will,
since nearly every oil field is being pumped out at full capacity,
and there are very little reserves left,
and demand is going up,
the price at the pump will go way up,
and gas stations will sometimes be out of gas.

If gas and diesel are $25 per gallon,
and there's not enough to go around,
farms cannot operate,
and folks will starve.

So,
my plan has two points:

1.  Rationing

2.  Elimination of money.

The rationing could work like this:
diesel fuel would be given to farmers for the tractors and such,
to produce the food,
but for transport over longer distance,
all the diesel fuel would go to trains,
since trains deliver stuff
at a very efficient ratio
of how many tons of freight moved how many miles
per gallon of diesel fuel.

All food would be sent to certain distribution centers,
located at railroad sidings.

Very little frozen foods,
very little refrigerated foods,
since diesel fuel is used in the refrigerating or freezing units,
called "reefers,"
that keep food cold on trucks.

And a few trucks or vans
would deliver the food
the last leg,
from the distribution centers to neighborhood markets,
where the very last leg would be families on foot,
with carts and wagons,
or on the bus,
to get the food home.

Buses would get fuel,
to get folks to work and back,
and for some shopping.

The reason for number 2,
the elimination of money,
is to make everything work.

Rather than the farmers and ranchers
being expected to pay for fuel with money,
the fuel to produce the food
would be simply delivered to them,
no money changing hands.

When folks need food,
it would be simply delivered to them,
no money.

If folks need transportation,
they get on the bus,
no money.

Medical care,
no money.

If folks need a place to live,
close to the market,
if it's available,
they move in,
no money.

Landlords,
who are usually millionaires,
would live the same lifestyle they now live,
but they would not gain more wealth,
no money.

Workers who maintain homes
would continue to maintain homes,
anyone's homes,
first come, first served.

Many less important items
would no longer be manufactured,
such as most cheap plastic toys,
made from oil.

Important items would simply be provided,
rationed out,
but provided.

No money.

We can never make big changes,
as long as we keep serving money.

The reason the oil companies will not tell us the truth,
that we are long past the peak of oil production worldwide,
is because that is not how they earn more money.

If nothing is done,
unless it makes more money,
or there is lots of money flowing from willing taxpayers,
then we will never have anything for the greater good,
other than military and police and firefighters.

We can never produce food efficiently,
and distribute it efficiently,
in a situation of $25 per gallon fuel,
unless we eliminate money,
and ration everything.

Thanks for reading.

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  •  you are such a dreamer. (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Avila, bigjacbigjacbigjac, cactusgal

    and you made me smile.
    you've also posted some interesting recipes in the past.
    i hope things are going fairly well for you.
    all. things. considered. ;)

    There is no Article II power which says the Executive can violate the Constitution.--@Hugh * Addington's Perpwalk: TRAILHEAD of Accountability for Bush-2 Crimes.

    by greenbird on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 02:54:41 AM PDT

  •  The concept of peak oil (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Avila, hannah, bigjacbigjacbigjac

    has been radically changed by fracking. Natural gas reserves are now expected to take us well into the 22nd Century. And climate change will likely force us mostly off hydrocarbons by then.

    •  Are we going to run the tractors on natural (0+ / 0-)

      gas?

      Then we still need the contraception,
      so our descendants can live on the land,
      with no fossil fuels,
      and we need to start rationing the diesel,
      and start rationing the natural gas,
      and eliminate money,
      quickly,
      before the 22nd century comes,
      and the famines sweep the world,
      including the USA.

      Climate change will not force anyone off hydrocarbons,
      when we have nothing to replace hydrocarbons.

      Hydrogen is too bulky.

      Next time I'll include links and quotes,
      and maybe someone will take this seriously,
      before the famines come.

      •  So you're serious about this nuttiness? (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        bigjacbigjacbigjac
        •  Are you seriously suggesting that seven billion (0+ / 0-)

          humans,
          eating food produced by diesel fuel,
          are going to be just fine,
          when we run out of oil?

          We need a plan.

          The oil companies have a plan:
          squeeze out a little more oil and gas,
          and sell it,
          and use the money to feel more powerful.

          Some of the oil billionaires
          will buy land in South America,
          land with plenty of fresh water...
          I heard the Bush family already did that.

          They can live well,
          and let the masses starve.

          Yes,
          I'm serious.

          But I will fail in my attempt
          to motivate folks to take action.

          Millions will starve,
          here in the USA.

          And,
          if no one ever figures out that contraception
          is the only way out of a brutal cycle,
          the population will shoot up,
          after the famines,
          creating more famines,
          and so on,
          over and over.

  •  It sounds really, really complicated, (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    bigjacbigjacbigjac

    and really, really unworkable

    Couldn't we just go back to horses now instead of waiting?
    I like horses better than diesel engines
    Not in the city, though (hip deep manure!)
    We could have electric bikes and refrigeration
    charged with solar power, and save the petroleum to use in making things

    It would last a whole lot longer, and
    I don't want to give up Velcro if I don't have to

    Money's too useful.  If we gave it up, somebody would just reinvent it.  Although, maybe they could do a better job this time around.

    The problem is serious, but it may take turning it upside down to get a better look at it, which probably means being able to think differently first.  I'm hopeful there will be multiple partial solutions (I'm not at all hopeful there will be a single solution), but we'll probably all get a little hungry before they're implemented.

    At least half the future I've been expecting hasn't gotten here yet. Sigh....

    by serendipityisabitch on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 08:03:40 AM PDT

    •  If you own enough land to provide enough (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      serendipityisabitch

      pasture or hay,
      to feed your horses,
      then you're ready to start.

      I've never owned a horse,
      but as I understand,
      a horse must 'eat like a horse'
      every day,
      or it starves and dies.

      That must have been a big selling point
      of early cars:

      How much must you feed a horse on a day you don't need him?

      Same amount as on a day you do use him.

      How much gasoline do you feed your car
      on a day you don't need it?

      None.

      There's not enough good land,
      with good pasture,
      so that 300 million Americans can have a horse and a farm.

      3 million,
      maybe,
      but not 300 million.

      •  I didn't suggest (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        bigjacbigjacbigjac

        that 300 million Americans should have a horse and farm,
        just that it might be useful to replace diesel with
        real horsepower - on farms.  

        At least they're a renewable resource,
        as is their fuel.  Oops, we just killed another
        100,000 factory jobs,
        making diesel engines and tractors.

        Oh, well.  There will be new jobs shoveling manure going begging, so...

        When we got cars in the first place
        we thought of oil as an almost infinite resource,
        which means that nobody thought much about it at all.

        Grass, on the other hand, tends to just keep on growing.

        At least half the future I've been expecting hasn't gotten here yet. Sigh....

        by serendipityisabitch on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 11:43:11 AM PDT

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