Petrocollapse Round-Up: Dr. John Darnell
His proposal is to reduce demand is a controlled annual 5% reduction (worldwide I assume) ahead of the geological decline rate to provide a hydrocarbon cushion for the future to help transition to a low energy economy and give time for alternatives to ramp up. He gave several examples of an energy self sufficient house, a 300 mpg car and other ways of reducing energy consumption.
More about the Apollo analogy and what he told us about Roscoe's meeting with President Bush below the fold.
- Recognizing the problem and switching course - aiming to slingshot around the Moon to save fuel instead of attempting to land on it. That means we need to alter our energy consumption course and start understanding what type of course is feasible within the limits of our circumstance.
- Once they had changed course the next step was surviving the trip. They faced an immediate shortage of electrical power and oxygen unless they severely cut back power use and got into the Lunar Expedition Module (LEM) which served as a temporary lifeboat during much of the journey home, until they prepared for maneuver to land on Earth.
- Work Cooperatively both in the Apollo spaceship as well as mission control to figure out creative solutions to make it through the crisis and land safely on Earth. Only through close collaboration, experimentation and good communication did they find all the right answers to get home safely.
Personally, I think that's exactly why we need to get in front of our local community organizations and explain to them how we need to start preparing for the worst case scenario now.
One trick he recommended that you do when you write to a local paper: Include your local representative's name in the letter. That way their staff will have to read it and usually pass it on to the representative themselves.