There is an obvious medium-term solution: break our addiction. The technology exists – wind, wave and especially solar power – to fuel our societies without oil. It would free us from our support for dictators and horrific wars of plunder like Iraq. It’s our society’s route to rehab – but it is being blocked by the hugely influential oil companies, who would lose a fortune.
Umm, this isn’t quite true you know.
The technology to power our societies without oil doesn’t exist. That’s actually what the problem is. If it did exist then we’d all quite happily be using it: that we’re not shows that it doesn’t.
Sure, we can get some power from these technologies: but not as much as we currently use and at higher prices than we currently pay. Do note that all of the various “proofs” floating around, the Greenpeace, WWF, Green Party etc plans all start with “we can cut energy consumption by 50%” ….which while it might be something we either desire to do or will have to do is not the same as saying we can power our current societies in this manner. And the doubling/quadrupling of energy costs necessary will also rather change our societies.
The truth is we can power “a” society without oil, but not our current one. Not yet.
As tio the insitence that we’re not doing this because of the power of the oil companies that’s just infantile nonsense. For decades BP was the largest investor in solar power, Shell runs wind farms and so on. That we’re not already running not on oil isn’t because of the oil companies, it’s because of us: we don’t want to use half the energy at four times the price.