Peak Oil News: Oil, Jihad and Destiny

Sunday, October 03, 2004

Oil, Jihad and Destiny

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"By 2014 there will not be enough oil to sustain the world economy," warns cultural economist-turned-author, Ronald Cooke. "National wealth will evaporate. Now we can either manage a soft landing or let nature take its course."
In this case, "nature" could all too easily be defined as human nature, as nations -- motivated by fear -- selfishly grab what resources they can and damn the consequences. We see the hints of that in the current American occupation of Iraq.

That's why Ronald Cooke decided to investigate the facts, the myths and assumptions behind the debate over "peak oil"; what happens when global demand exceeds production; and can society manage a"soft" landing that will avoid bitter and potentially devastating resource wars?


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