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Part I: Introduction “Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages are not yet sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favor; a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom.
But the tumult soon subsides.
Time makes more converts than reason.” -Thomas Paine, Common Sense (1776) “For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst and provide for it.” -Patrick Henry (1776) “I am aware that many object to the severity of my language; but is there not cause for severity? I will be as harsh as truth.
On this subject I do not wish to think, or speak, or write, with moderation.
No! No! Tell a man whose house is on fire to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of the ravisher; tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen -- but urge me not to use moderation in a cause like the present.
The apathy of the people is enough to make every statue leap from its pedestal, and to hasten the resurrection of the dead.” -William Lloyd Garrison, The Liberator (1831) “Gas is running low .” -Amelia Earhart (July 2, 1937) 1 2 Dear Reader, Civilization as we know it is coming to an end soon.
This is not the wacky proclamation of a doomsday cult, apocalypse bible prophecy sect, or conspiracy theory society.
Rather, it is the scientific conclusion of the best paid, most widely respected geologists,1 physicists,2 and investment bankers3 in the world.
These are rational, professional, conservative individuals who are absolutely terrified by a phenomenon known as global “Peak Oil.” The ramifications of Peak Oil are so serious, one of George W.
Bush’s energy advisors, billionaire investment banker Matthew Simmons, has acknowledged, “The situation is desperate.
This is the world’s biggest serious questi...

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