These questions weigh on me this morning as I read about an upcoming event that could have serious implications for our future.
"On March 20th, 2006, Iran is planning to open an International Oil Bourse (market) for the express purpose of trading oil priced exclusively in Euros. The world currently does all oil trades in US dollars, commonly referred to as the petro-dollar. Introducing an alternative currency that directly competes against the US dollar will facilitate many global economic changes."
How will we respond? How have we responded previously?
Couldn't we choose a different path?
I do not believe most Americans are willing to except endless war as the price for continued "prosperity". There will be some, perhaps many that will say we should fight to the death over oil, that our way of life is non-negotiable. But I think faced with an honest explanation of a future based on oil dependency the vast majority of Americans would consider that idea insanely stupid. What we need is the truth about the finite resource that has created this artificial reality so far removed from the laws of nature. We need, as a community, to begin to understand that the laws of physics make continuation of this fantasy an impossibility. What we must reach for is a "graceful end to cheap oil" and transition in that direction. I don't think I'm alone.