We're literally stuck up a cul-de-sac in a cement SUV without a fill-up
James Howard Kunstler
At first glance, the connection between energy vulnerability in remote communities
and the coming petroleum supply crunch that will change the viability of the sprawling
suburban culture in the south may not be obvious.
Suburbia is not remote. It is congenitally joined to urban centres, and as connected
to the continental grid as it is possible to be: electricity, natural gas, roads,
telephone land-lines, cable television, multiple hard-wire Internet connectivity options,
multiple cellular telephone towers in close proximity, ubiquitous Wi-Fi, etc.
However, suburbia represents communities. Communities with population and housing
densities that are comparable to many remote communities.
The key issue remote communities have to consider about this movie is this. Depending
on whose numbers you choose to use, there are less than one million people living in
remote northern communities. There are over four billion southerners. If it comes down
to a bidding war for oil, who do you think will win? The sparsely populated remote
northern communities, or the militarized, wealthy industrialized populations of the south?
If you can't afford oil in the very near future, what is your plan for doing without it?
Darryl McMahon, RESTCo