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Below is summary text from the US Dept of Energy, Energy Information Administration 2008 Report. Let it leave no room for doubt of the relationship between supply and demand: between the UNCONSCIONABLE BP DEEPWATER HORIZON supply side and the Transportation demand side of the Oil Economy.


Walking, biking, Renewables, electric public transit, Battery EVEEs, and ultimately Villages. All are essential for the dethronement of the PETROLVEE and BIG OIL.

Transportation was the largest consuming sector of petroleum and the one
showing the greatest expansion. In 2008, 13.7 million barrels per day of
petroleum products were consumed for transportation purposes.

Transportation sector use of energy experienced tremendous growth overall
but registered noticeable pauses in 1974, 1979-1982, 1990 and 1991, 2001
and 2008. In 2008, petroleum accounted for 94 percent of the transportation
sector's total use of energy.

In 2008, 71 percent of all petroleum consumed in the United States was used
to meet transportation requirements; 23 percent went to the industrial sector;
5 percent to the residential and commercial sector; and only 1 percent to
generate electricity.

Political will, and the power of corporations 25.May.2010 13:04

Exile portlander_in_exile@yahoo.com

A promise was made to the United States, by Petroleum companies, and automobile manufacturers. that promise, was country living, with urban convenience, and freedom via mobility. Henceforth, the concept of suburbia was created. Prior to this, there was the city, and there was the country. "Going into town" was an all-day, or muli-day trip, for those living in the country-side. Cities were compact, and most trips inside of the city, were by foot, or streetcar. The result of this, was craftspeople, merchants, and tradesfolk often resided inside of the city, and specialists in resource extraction, or resource production resided in the country-side. This wasn't always an ideal system, as fair wages, and prices for goods produced were often not enough to grow someone out of poverty.

The Broken promises of suburbia: Happy Motoring, was the mantra, and life seemed pretty good. Fuel was cheap, cars were huge, and suburban development grew rapidly. however, the idea, of happy motoring, has a few complicating factors. One, is petroleum prices, which at one time were so low, have steadily risen. One of the other issues, has been the growing power of corporations, in government, and media control. National City Lines, was created, for the sole purpose of removing streetcar lines around the country, in order to spur the growth of auto and petroleum sales. At that time period, Driving an automobile was actually quite unpleasant, and only popular with enthusiasts, or people that did not have access to public transportation. Their solution was to gradually eliminate the popular streetcar systems. The first step, is to privatize public systems. To do that, they had to "purchase" public officials. A few public officials in Florida, when they cancelled the streetcar system, were suddenly given GM Dealerships.

Now that so much of our population is dispersed in a suburban existence, building public transit that can service all of those areas is somewhat cost-prohibitive. With every spike in fuel prices, these suburban locations lose value, and equity, and will eventually become slums. People that have the resources to move to areas better served by transit, will move. Those that cannot afford to live in areas that have been gentrified by transit, will be forced to relocate out to the margins (see gresham, Vancouver, Wilsonville, etc. Places with walkable urban cores will be magnets for growth, however, service jobs in those areas will be performed by the new "suburban poor" that have to travel in, by shuttle bus, or some other method. In all forecasts of relevance, fuel prices will rise exponentially in the next three years, to perhaps as high as $5.50 a gallon. This is going to be a huge problem, for those people that are acclimated to years of motorized transportation. People that are obese, ill, disabled, or elderly are going to be at risk of being heavily marginalized. Food production/distribution issues will abound, since we've consumed so much viable farmland for suburban development. It indeed will be a "perfect storm" of economic collapse.

The largest contributor of this storm, is called "profiteering". The core value of capitalism, in theory, is competition breeds progress. However, Capitalism evolves, grows, and changes, to suit it's situation. Over the last 50 years, it has evolved into "augmented capitalism". Augmented Capitalism, is when Corporations control all three branches of governance, and also control the entire media system. When this happens, the resource to be extracted, is you. It's fairly easy to spot this, if one is paying close attention. Look for these signs:

Infotainment proliferation in media
Anti-intellectual sentiment in media
accusations of socialism
dumbing down of our education system
Proliferation of sports in media
astroturf organizations/artificial/fictitious organizations
Fabricated studies, demonization of public systems, quests for privatization

Now, what can you do, as a regular citizen of our community? Here are some concrete steps that you, can take:

1) Pull all assets from national/muli-national organizations, invest locally
3) Learn post petroleum skills. Learn to grow food, repair existing technology, building skills or caregiving skills
4) Protect your health. I can't stress this enough. Once you are part of the healthcare profiteering system, it's very hard to get back out
5) acquire, maintain and practice using a bicycle. Make sure there is a reliable, comfortable, and serviceable bicycle, for everyone in your home.
6) gradually increase the number of trips that you are using a bicycle for. build your strength, and confidence.
7) call for vulnerable road user laws, that reflect the reality, that automobiles do not have rights, and pedestrian/cyclists do
8) meet your neighbors, get to know them, and respect them. This is important, because you will have more interaction with them, as time goes on.
9) remove logos, from items that you own. it's called "DeBranding", and it's an important tool, in ending corporate control.
10) if you can buy it used, then do it. this is just plain common sense.
11) get out of debt. Debt is one of the tools they use to exert control. besides, you'll be shocked, at how much debt actually costs you.

if enough people, are willing to follow these simple guidelines, we can make it through. We can make it Their recession, instead of ours.

Thank you for reading this through