muses of the moment

November 13, 2012

The US has a comb-over

Filed under: Odds 'n ends, Peak Energy, Permaculture, The Financial Crisis — totallygroovygirlfriday @ 1:03 am

Groovygirl thought this was the most refreshingly realistic way to describe the US. Great interview with Mr. Greer via Peak Prosperity (Chris Martenson’s site). Mr. Greer has his own webblog, it is really good.

If you’ve ever seen a fifty-year-old man trying to pretend that he’s seventeen, it’s embarrassing. It’s embarrassing to everybody and it rarely ends well. That’s what America is right now. It’s two hundred something years old. It’s not an adolescent anymore. It needs to ditch the bright red car, stop trying to pick up teenage chicks, stop the binge drinking, and actually deal with the fact that there’s only so many years left. You need to do something useful with that time and not go around with everybody else – you know, China and Europe — just rolling their eyes and trying to pretend that they don’t notice how we’ve combed our hair forward over our bald spot.

Click here for audio interview.

We need to come to terms with the fact that we don’t have limitless energy, we don’t have limitless resources, we don’t have limitless time. All of these things are specific. They function within a finite world. And engaging in hand waving about well, human ingenuity is limitless. No, it isn’t. Okay, it may be immense, but it’s not limitless.

And so getting past that fetish of limitlessness strikes me as the most important thing. All of us are going to die – each individual person listening to this show and everybody else as well. That’s a limit we can’t get past. And you’ll notice that people who actually face that limit and say okay, I get this, I have a finite amount of years on this earth and them I’m going to die. What am I going to do with the time that I have? Those are the people that we call mature. Those are the people we call wise. Those are the people who go out and have a life instead of just frittering their time away.



  1. The US has extraordinary supplies of natural gas and now it seems will also have a large supply of oil from using new extraction methods. It could become energy sufficient and cheap energy will provide a huge competitive advantage over Europe and Asia. I am surprised not even Armstrong’s computer is noticing this. If the US can become a net exporter of natural gas and oil, it has the potential to prosper again.

    Comment by Jeannette — November 13, 2012 @ 10:23 pm

  2. The citizens of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries have not reaped the rewards of being awash in oil. The players (King, Queen, Jack and the men who hold the Ace of Spades) will prosper as always leaving us citizens all still to ask, “If we’re now the net exporter, why is gas $6 per gallon?”

    Lots of chatter about the IEA overestimating Saudi oil production and according to a top official at the International Energy Agency, world oil reserves are far lower than reported and future discovery outlooks have been inflated to prevent any panic-buying.

    On game shows, sometimes a contestant will win a prize and come out the loser; having to pay taxes on the prize which they can’t afford. I think this prize might turn out to be rather expensive; and after accepting it, the US landscape will declare bankruptcy.

    Just my two cents.

    Comment by soleirolia — November 14, 2012 @ 10:15 pm

  3. gg couldn’t agree more.


    Comment by totallygroovygirlfriday — November 15, 2012 @ 12:30 pm

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