316: Peak Blame

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KMO welcomes Mark Robinowitz of OilEmpire.us back to the C-Realm Podcast to discuss why both the mainstream political left as well as the right in the United States cannot address the demands of Peak Oil in a realistic way. Republicans have rebuked Navy Secretary Ray Mabus for attempting to ween the Navy off of fossil fuels because they see finding alternatives to petroleum as a Democratic partisan issue. Established environmental and social justice organizations are still holding onto unrealistic Green Technology and Green Capitalism paradigms and have yet to come to terms with the fact that the project of the 21st Century will be figuring out how to equitably distribute a shrinking pie. One thing unlikely to be in short supply as the realities of diminishing fossil fuel reserves make themselves unmistakable: blame. Mark hopes that we can achieve Peak Blame sooner rather than later and get on with the grown-up work of figuring out how best to deploy our remaining energy resources.

Music by Mistle Thrush.

  • Blow_In

    We may have reached peak oil, peak population, peak debt and etc., but we have not reached we have not reached peak blame yet.

  • islandnotes

    Howdy,
    Upon hearing KMO express his preference for living in the city, I’m compelled to share my observation from this little off-grid homestead on the Big Island: While I too find life in the city to be pleasurable in particular sensual ways, if you will, (let’s face it, among other pleasantries, there are plenty of pretty woman who generally flock to the big city lights, etc.); what also differs in the typical life and environment of the homesteader is that the rural life necessarily steeps one in a livelihood furthered through the work of a generalist. Indeed, the city affords a culture operating in specialization. Great sums are accumulated and specialized tasks (such as the voice-over gigs mentioned) potentially make for lives flush with pleasurable amusements. Nonetheless, and in defense of country-living, I’ve found that the rich and varied work-life allows one to skirt the line between pleasure and pain, if you will. Beyond what might be considered a “middle way” of not falling to far to one side or the other, this type of work would also seem to constitute a quality required in our moving forward in austerity. To be sure, when I get off the island, I certainly dig traipsing around Portland for instance. I just think that what is left out, in stating satisfaction with city life (high-density living), is that rural living, having been devalued by the pervasive ways of capitalism (money devalues what it can not measure) even more so needs to better organize itself in the fragmentary clusterfuck that society has become. Anyway, just felt a need for a sort of dialectical comment. Keep up the great work!