80 Replies to “We’ve Hit Peak Car”

  1. it’s interesting that peak miles driven and registered cars correlate very well with the peak in conventional (cheap) oil production. the trends for global, OPEC and OCED oil production, which include the various non-conventional (expensive) oil production look a lot different. according to those trends, we have not yet hit the peak, although we must have hit an affordable oil peak in 2005.

    just my dos centavos worth.

  2. hey, if less folks own and drive cars, won’t that cut back on demand, and cause the price of gasoline and ultimately, crude oil to drop? if so, then we find out whether the fracked and tar sand oil operations can stay in business.

  3. science is an interesting business, vocation, profession, etc. whatever. if one practices sticking to the facts, wherever they lead, one becomes aware of the wishful thinking and hopium that fellow monkeys possess in profusion, leading to widespread confusion. it would be funny, exept for the sad part.

  4. Jim answers my question:

    “Here’s the best way to explain our oil predicament: Texas oil circa 1930 was based on wells that cost $400,000 to drill (in today’s dollars) and produced thousands of barrels a day for upwards of 20, 30 years. Shale oil wells cost $6-to-$12 million to drill and produce on average 80 barrels a day. They begin to deplete by more than 50 percent after the first year and more than 20 percent after the second year.”

    Moron here: http://www.vice.com/en_ca/read/a-quick-breakdown-of-the-collapse-of-western-society

  5. People here drive a little less now, but everybody else in world wants to drive more, so the “holiday/summer diving season” in the U.S. doesn’t affect prices like it used to, nor matter that much anymore. Act local (duh!), think global VMT.

    I agree with Jim (and you) on the recent energy independence farce.

  6. Speaking of science (doom) and longing for an end to it all (dave) you might enjoy this web site. I have checked in on it periodically over the years, and they don’t seem to be getting any closer to destroying the earth, but it has become increasingly humorous in exploring the options.


  7. yeah, i’ve never even contemplated destroying the earth. i have often wished for the atmosphere to evaporate. the earth would then be a nice sterile chunk of iron circling an unremarkable star out in the middle of nothing, as it should be.

  8. i really, honestly, think that the entire universe, never-mind the earth, is some kind of mistake. it’s just too fucking stupid not to be.

  9. yeah, Lou Reed, RIP. i think he was the first style-over-art musician. he was known for his style, and his good looks, moron than for his singing or composing talent. the first, but unfortunately not the last. maybe i’m being too harsh on old lou. of course, justin beber and miley ray cyrus don’t even belong in the same room with him, talent wise.

  10. bif, interesting site. unfortunately, humans don’t need much help in destroying their planetary home. it’s as easy as pumping too much CO2 into the atmosphere. direct and indirect habitat destruction. a bunch of friggin geniuses, those H. sapiens.

    everyday at work i see young, attractive, intelligent women pushing babies around in strollers, and i think: “they’re crazy, of course. they might end up selling them to the gypsies, or worse.” motherhood instinct must be strong.

  11. Sometimes its good when people stop singing. It makes room for other noises.

    Especially some people who peaked in early/mid 70s if you know what I mean.

  12. The world should be fine for at least a few hundered million years.

    Dave it really could be a mistake. I mean its pretty funny that the big bang and an expanding universe resulted in beer, tits and professional football. Well I think thats funny anyway.

  13. if tits were such a big deal, female humans would have evolved to have really big ones. oh wait….

    ben franklin once remarked that beer was God’s way of telling us He loved us and wanted us to be happy. so, not too far off the mark there, bif.

  14. the 3 stooges were indeed the best. i also enjoyed laurel and hardy and abbott and costello. saw some marx bros. movies too, as a kid. a lot of their stuff used to fly over my young head, though.

  15. Yep, one of the things to result from the big bang and evolution was the three stooges. There is no proof of God but… there is proof of the three stooges. This may have to suffice, which is probably OK. I’m at peace with this.

  16. Body, mind, soul, and spirit. Soul I think of as the long-running conversation you have with yourself. This is the one most deficient currently thanks to all our modern accoutrements.

  17. i’ve had many long running conversations with myself. i just don’t know what to make of any of them. is this some result of modernity/post-modernity, per se? i have no clue.

    i think that once you wrap your brain around the idea that there is no “ultimate value” (god, america, apple pie, etc.) upon which to rest a world view, there is no going back. everything is happenstance. i think.

  18. per CNN, the baseball win is a small condolence for a city fucked hard by federal alphabet agencies exercising their usual black flag tactics to justify the lock down/shake down of an entire city.

    at least, that’s my reading of the propaganda, err, “news”.

  19. dc, that fucker’ just never gives up. he musta’ had a fucked up childhood or somethin’. must love his mom just a little too much. i guess.

  20. once in a while, in a slack moment, i ask myself: “i wonder what eric snowden’s GF is doing out here in hawaii, after being dumped by young, heroic eric, in the name of truth, justice and the american way”?

  21. dave, the YouTube song posted above titled “We Can’t Stop – Vintage 1950’s Doo Wop Miley Cyrus Cover ft. The Tee – Tones”

    that ain’t Miley Cyrus singing doo wop. that singer actually has talent.

  22. when i was younger, in my 20’s, one of my asshole buddies had a racoon. thing would shit everywhere and anywhere. so that was pretty cool.

  23. dave, you haven’t lived until you’ve tasted deep-fried jellyfish sticks, lightly breaded in corn meal. yumm.

    once, on purpose, and only once, we ordered the holotharium (sea cucumber) at a chinese restaurant. even the chinks couldn’t make holotharium worm taste good. it was a combo of crunchy and slimey. i hear prepared jellyfish is even slimeyer. yeah.

  24. that’s how i want to go, face down in the drying mud with my boots on. fallen and died in place just like the dinosaurs. i hope in a few hundred million years, the next “intelligent” species will find me and carefully dig me out of the mudstone with small picks and brooms. they’ll caste my bones in plaster for the long journey to the natural history museum. then they’ll assemble me in some position behind glass for the public to view. i’ll remain there until that civilization falls. then, another one will find my bones, only this time with each piece carefully labeled in some cryptic script. they’ll caste my bones in plaster for the long journey to the museum, then assemble me (this time much easier to do, if they break the labeling code) in some position behind a fusion-powered plasma force field for the public to view. rinse, repeat, etc.

  25. yeah, now that i think about it, i’m being very ambitious to think my skeleton would be so special among the hords. humans will look straigraphically like the ammonites. big ones, small ones, inhabiting all possible niches globally from pole-to-pole. so many of their shells piled up near their end at the K-T boundary that in parts of the southern canadian rockies, whole mountainsides have stream beds with stair-step falls over their shells, big and black like so many truck tires piled up at a junk yard.

  26. I was hiking along the bluffs of Missouri River in North Dakota, and up along the rim, under a few feet of exposed/eroded soil, I found layers of bones and teeth. I dug out a bunch of teeth. They were big ones and I found out later they were buffalo teeth. I saved them and still have them. Many animals died at that location, probably hundreds or thousands of years ago. They were adult animals and had lived a long time. They probably swam across the Missouri River several times in their life. But then one day they came to the river and died on the river bank. Who knows why? The man in the mud is like that. Eh?

  27. i recall the news of those houses built in the US, in Florida, that used cheap drywall imported from China that had coal fly ash laced into them. the fly ash had enough nutrients and trace metals in it to promote mold and other microbial growth in the humidity of Florida air. the houses using that stuff were complete losses, i think.

    somewhere, the intelligent Chinese mind was not taught about ethics. i would blame this on lack of education. ethics teaching may be the best part of most religions. the rest is just various fairy tales to comfort those who can’t handle the fact that they are basically alone to survive in this life, and of course, the social opportunities.

  28. i was recently the victim of some academic fraud, so i’m moron sensitive to ethics issues than usual these days. i see abuses everywhere, including my own department.

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