"...it's not the training to be mean but the training to be kind that is used to keep us leashed best." ~ Black Dog Red

"In case you haven't recognized the trend: it proceeds action, dissent, speech." ~ davidly, on how wars get done

"...What sort of meager, unerotic existence must a man live to find himself moved to such ecstatic heights by the mundane sniping of a congressional budget fight. The fate of human existence does not hang in the balance. The gods are not arrayed on either side. Poseiden, earth-shaker, has regrettably set his sights on the poor fishermen of northern Japan and not on Washington, D.C. where his ire might do some good--I can think of no better spot for a little wetland reclamation project, if you know what I mean. The fight is neither revolution nor apocalypse; it is hardly even a fight. A lot of apparatchiks are moving a lot of phony numbers with more zeros than a century of soccer scores around, weaving a brittle chrysalis around a gross worm that, some time hence, will emerge, untransformed, still a worm." ~ IOZ

May 20, 2010

The Surplus Oil Population In Images

This one's for Ethan.

World Population Growth Chart:

Oil Production Peak, by Nation:

The Energy Plateau (notice how it coincides with population explosion):

Fifty Years of Rising Oil Demand:

Fall Off of New Oil Discoveries:

Summing it All Up:

Final note:

The Age of Oil coincides with the adoption, in Europe and America, of welfare states - and of post-colonial "People's Republics" in Africa, Asia and South America. The dismantling of those same states has proceeded, at pace with oil peak.


AlanSmithee said...

Wait, we have a welfare state? I thought we had a "fuck you buddy I got mine" state.

Jack Crow said...

Yeah, Alan - I think the US qualifies as a liberal welfare state, being dismantled.

It's not and never has been on par with the European version, but the American liberal welfare state (which has always also been a petroleum war state) has existed since the peak of US population, following the first oil boom.

It was liberal welfare state, or the Wobblies.

Roosevelt got a disciplinary state in working order, pretty rapidly.

Jack Crow said...

But, to pivot around and back you up, the liberal welfare state has really just taken the "fuck you, I got mine" and dumped its shit all over brown people, outside its arbitrary borders, and within.

Despite Tea Party, Republican and New Dem rhetoric, those borders are kaput in the social sense, however useful as a way to capture people, judicially.

Which means the FYIGM is coming home to roost, and the captive capitalist unions are about to get their final busting...

Ethan said...

Damn. Thanks, Jack. Everyone needs to see this.