(Humanity digs and carves the planet up for the remaining resources which dwindle while humans continue on their growth rampage.) Photo by National Geographic
(Humans spill toxic oil by the millions upon millions of barrels into our oceans and across the land by dumping it without concern.) Photo by National Geographic
(Humans create electrical energy by burning billions upon billions of tons of coal that pollutes the atmosphere that creates air polluted cities and acid rain that destroys top soil and acidifies our oceans that kills marine, avian, plant and reef life. With endless population growth, it can only worsen beyond solving.) Photo by National Geographic
He states the obvious. Today, accelerating from 7.1 billion humans, our species will grow to 10.1 billion hungry people by mid-century. Unfortunately, by 2050, humans will have used up most of the oil on the planet. Our current rate of 84 million barrels per day pales in comparison of the predicted usage by China by 2030 of 98 million barrels per day. With the added 3.1 billion humans, oil usage will grow to over 200 million barrels burned daily. The carbon footprint havoc on our biosphere and oceans will prove cataclysmic. (Source: The Long Emergency by James Howard Kunstler)
(Oil spills and oil drilling create endless damage to our biosphere and to wildlife worldwide. The grease job on this pelican caused his death.) Photo by National Geographic
When you look back on history’s ragged mane, those collapsed civilizations passed into oblivion without much fanfare. But with major cities like Los Angeles sporting 12 million; New York City with 19 million; Mexico City with 19 million; Bombay with 20 million; Sao Paulo with 20 million; Delhi with 22 million; Tokyo featuring a staggering 36 million and all the other overloaded cities around the world—it becomes obvious that humanity cannot exist without oil—but oil will soon vanish. Unfortunately, nothing on technology’s horizon can duplicate the energy we receive from oil. To say it’s going to get ugly with that many people bunched up in those cities may be the understatement of the 21st century.
At the end of Kendall’s statement, he said, “…and will leave a ravaged world.” You may appreciate the “Seven wonders of the world” created by human beings. Glorious triumphs of architecture and human engineering! However, we could add the “Seven tragedies of the world” created by humans such as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, Sixth Extinction Session, Overly polluted Biosphere, Acidified and Destroyed Oceans, Acid Rain Phenomenon, Destruction of Worldwide Rainforests, Human Misery Index and more to come.
We may prove ourselves a clever species, but none too smart. None too reasoning. None too rational. None too proactive.
Can America lead the world in this quest for a sustainable future? Can it change its course from its current overload of 315 million on its way to 625 million within this century and probably on toward 1 billion in the first part of the 22nd century?
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