Nobody seems to be paying attention to the elephant in the room.
When your oil supply is so far gone that you're suffering blackouts, there's a good chance we can wave goodbye to industrial civilization.
Longer term we might even go extinct.
Probably not, I bet.
At that point, there would be HUGE population drops, yes.
But there would still be some energy left, and the oil tycoons' power would have all but disappeared since they can't meet demand. When that happens, most resources would be diverted to creating more sustainable power systems, and there would be pockets of civilization left around the world; city states, rationing solar, wind, nuclear, and hydroelectric power, devoted to rebuilding the global world.
It would set us back considerably, and it would be our darkest hour, but we would rebuild. Only the strongest, wisest, and most well-informed would survive such an ordeal. It would be by no means the end of humanity, but we would finally break free and get our priorities straight, and colonize the solar system even.
I tell you, this whole Negative Nancy thing you've got going on... it has to stop. It's so easy to despair at the first sign of trepidation, but it takes courage to believe in the power of humanity. The only reason we're here today is because humans are adaptable as f*ck. We can make it, we just have to try.
I always imagined the future as a time of more reason, empathy, and peace, not less. It's time for a change.
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