Bring on the end of the petroleum age. I have an undying faith in the inventiveness of man and I possess a true belief that necessity will be the antecedent of innovation. Bring on our day of reckoning and let us reckon with it! As we accelerate toward “the end of global oil reserves,” free market innovation will gear up to finally move us forward. What a blessing it would be for me to live long enough to hear an end to the blathering about oil being the cause of so many environmental ills. Let the last oil-fueled lamp burn itself out and let us finally be done with it! Goodness sakes almighty, when I was a young man during the famous 1970’s “energy crisis” I heard and read seeming endless “expert” opinions that the world’s oil reserves would be exhausted in 20-30 years time. Those “deadlines” passed without eschatological significance and those predictions have been revised forward several times since. Be done with it! Let our enemies, who have flourished from our thirst for oil, finally learn what it is like to possess nothing that we need. I call on all red-blooded Americans to tank up their gas guzzling SUVs and party hearty until the end is upon us!
For that matter, I wish the world supply of coal were nearing exhaustion. Unfortunately, we will need to tolerate the argument on its environmental impact until free market prices nurture change. The pessimist in you may say that the failure of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant is evidence that nuclear power cannot be managed. BAH! This was an “end of the world” scenario that miserably failed to cause the end of the world. Yes, the site is the mother of all stinking messes to clean up, but engineers and scientists from all over the world are studying that debacle and the future power plants, policies, and procedures will reflect what was learned. We live, we learn, and we move forward.