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Tom Whipple would never make it as a politician because he insists on being honest. Those of you who think it is just a matter time before we can "party on dude!" in a revitalized America are smoking something no doubt illegal. Those of you who think we just need to change the players to achieve that goal are, to be blunt, in denial. Here's why;
Joint Operating Environment 2010 and the Bundeswehr report (analyzed here) are just two recent military reports that look at the issue of peak oil and consider its implications. The Energy Bulletin puts a special emphasis on Section 3 of the Bundeswehr report because of it speaks to the societal disruptions that are likely to ensue. Do our leaders really believe that taking an ostrich approach will somehow protect us from social disruptions or somehow result in minimal impact? Who is it that can't handle the truth here?
This nation is facing a prolonged period of shared sacrifice. Our leaders can either start preparing the population for this, or risk the wrath of the electorate when it manifests and people realize what is happening and start asking who knew what when. In the meantime, the rest of us will continue to prepare.