No More Mr. Nice (Peak Oil) Guy

October 22, 2007 at 10:56 am 4 comments

Mall Shoppers

That’s it. I’ve had it – no more Mr. Nice Peak Oil Guy. We don’t have time for niceties anymore. I can’t help myself, because this weekend I followed through on an experimental shopping trip to the mall. When was the last time you were at a full-blown mall? I had not ventured into such a center in years, and decided to take a field trip (I didn’t buy anything).

Pretend at this moment you can hear me breathing in deep, and calmly breathing out while slowly counting to 10.

The unbridled consumerism I witnessed this weekend is indicative of our present conundrum. After all, how are humans supposed to conserve water, oil, and effectively stop global warming if marketers constantly help corporations maximize profits from frenzied shoppers? And how are those frenzied shoppers supposed to change behaviors when there is no government leadership bold enough to implement emergency Peak Oil measures?

Let’s take a look at the present scoreboard:

World oil production has peaked.
Oil prices have surged to record levels.
The economy is tanking.
George Bush is talking about World War III
And Dick Cheney says Iran can’t have nukes, even though he’s the one who released the identity of a CIA agent trying to stop them from getting nukes.

And yet it seems shoppers in America’s malls couldn’t be more oblivious to fact that the canaries in the coal mine have stopped singing.

AM I out of touch with reality here? Is reality truly non-stop shiny endless things you can buy at retail prices? At the malls, where people seem to convene and gawk at one another while blowing the last remaining credit they have access to, all seems fine and well. I am simply in awe that with so many problems facing us as a world that business as usual is still occurring. Either the message isn’t getting out clearly – or people are choosing to ignore it because the lights are still on, the food court is hopping, and there are goods in the stores.

Granted, we each live in our own world. What’s important to us as people varies from person to person, and damnit… people don’t like thinking about big change. We all still want to shop. I get that part – but as wars increase and the ability to sustain our existence on limited energy dwindles – will those currently not paying attention be able to handle the shock to the system?

We can’t play with political words anymore – no more rhetoric about energy independence. We might be rationing gas before you know it – and all the pandering in the world won’t help politicians that don’t offer concrete action plans. There are plenty of people around the world who have been studying ways to overcome the challenges of Peak Oil – none of which are prophets or fortune tellers. This is a global movement based on science combined with critical thinking and action.

That is why as a Peak Oil activist with action plans, I am running for Portland City Council. It’s time for Peak Oil thinkers to get all Ghandi-like and be the change we want to be. As a city council member, I will serve the needs of Portlanders by implementing bold local action plans to better prepare for the radical changes being thrust upon the populace.

I urge others of you in your own local communities to do the same.


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. thedr9wningman  |  October 22, 2007 at 12:39 pm

    Most people don’t make the connection between shopping and our crises. That’s the problem. Disconnect. It is everywhere. WE have to connect the dots for them. With pictures.

  • 2. jmlane  |  October 22, 2007 at 7:11 pm

    Good luck with your campaign for city council; I am glad to see you are willing to take steps toward positive changes in your community by getting involved in the decision making process. I hope you are able to get through to people, and help bring about a more sustainable living in your area.

  • 3. Matt Savinar  |  October 26, 2007 at 9:02 pm


    I had a similar experience. Hadn’t been in a mall in about 5 years. Had to venture into one to pick up my eyeglasses. Man it was bad.

    Anyhoo, how’s “Operation Genetic Jackhammer” going?

  • 4. Andy in San Diego  |  October 29, 2007 at 3:44 pm

    That’s cool. Good luck.


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