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Our governments are totally clueless - or in denial, or filfully incompetent, your pick

I'm not so sure about that. I know, from communications both private and public that peak oil is known at the highest possible political level in Sweden, even if the severity might not be fully appreciated.

Politicians are not ignorant. They are scared. Scared that resolve to act will throw them out of office.

And that's where we come in. We have to "spread awareness" (aargh I hate those pretenious words, but they do apply here). I figure this will be one of the main tasks of ASPO Sweden.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Fri May 30th, 2008 at 06:48:33 PM EST
Starvid,

I'm afraid you grossly misunderestimate the phenomenal blockheadness of many politicians, all the more as you go towards to the top.

Not to say they are all idiots. You actually find a lot of smart and dedicated in the lower rungs. But the political rat race rewards the apparatchiks who have no other venue for social promotion and the smart and dedicated set just bug off to better careers outside of politics where they can have a life without having to deal with the blockheads.

by Francois in Paris on Fri May 30th, 2008 at 07:51:16 PM EST
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I wonder what would a list of countries rated by Biggest Blockheads in Government come up like?  What might the criteria be?

"Thinks we need more prohibitions."

"Thinks the rich and the poor are not structurally related"

heh....I'd be interested to see any results.  Maybe start with the UN Security Council, then the U.N.--

"Thinks that global climate change is primarily an economic problem."

I can't resist.



Don't fight forces, use them R. Buckminster Fuller.

by rg (leopold dot lepster at google mail dot com) on Fri May 30th, 2008 at 10:01:18 PM EST
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Well, sure. But I have actually talked about peak oil with a certain minister in the current government. He knows. Maybe because of his oil industry experience. The former soc dem PM mentions how he think how we have already peaked, in his recent memoirs.

Some people high up do know. But because of the workings of democracy they are constrained. They can't act against the will of the people without risking being thrown out. And also, for every peak oil guy telling them stuff, there is a Yergin telling the opposite.

Matt Simmons was an energy advisor to Bush. He has heard the stuff. But there are plenty of other advisors saying other stuff.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Sat May 31st, 2008 at 07:15:38 PM EST
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