Peak Oil Anarchy

Peak Oil is indisputable, inevitable and -- probably -- imminent. As the Cheap Oil era ends & oil supplies grow ever more scarce, our consumerist, earth-eating economy will go into convulsions & industrial civilization will teeter on the brink of collapse. Best be prepared! Peak Oil could herald a Golden Age of Anarchy. In Leviathan's ashes, we could create new decentralized communities of mutual aid, solidarity against oppression, & egalitarian harmony. May this be a map to the terrain ahead!

Sunday, October 09, 2005

A Community Solution to Peak Oil: Interview with Megan Quinn

Megan Quinn is the Outreach Director of Community Service, Inc., a non-profit organization founded in 1940 that has advocated for small, local communities as the most fulfilling, healthy way to live. It's lastest program, The Community Solution, seeks to bring about the re-emergence of the small community and a more agrarian, low energy-use way of life, as the solution for "Peak Oil."

Aric McBay: How do you think Peak Oil is going to play out in the world over the next couple of decades? Could you give us a possible scenario? What do you hope will happen? What do you worry will happen?

Megan Quinn: The next few decades will be a discontinuity in the course of human civilization and human evolution. From the start of the industrial revolution, humans have extracted greater and greater amounts of fossil fuels from the ground. (In turn, we have released greater and greater amounts of fossil fuels into the air as they are burned.) Yet over the course of the next few decades, we will reach the point at which the most fossil fuels will ever be extracted. From that point on, we will extract fewer and fewer amounts of fossil fuels until it takes more energy to extract the fossil fuels than they provide, or we decide that we will no longer extract them.

My hope is that citizens of the world will realize what is happening when Peak Oil occurs and decide to relocalize their economies and societies to adapt to this new reality of declining fuel availability. Cooperation is required to create this new world of small, sustainable, self-reliant communities. Competition over the dwindling sources may bring us to the brink of extinction.

Read complete interview


  • At 3:42 AM, Blogger Carl F. King said…

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  • At 4:38 PM, Blogger RedHughs said…


    A wonderful example of a totalitarian nation-state's ability to respond to crisis. Is this your idea of post-petroleum anarchy?

  • At 11:15 AM, Blogger Buddy said…

    More than a solution to Peak Oil. Community is amore humane and healthy approach.

    However, most people of the world are sustained by industrial society. There is no way six billion people can exist outside of the present society that's built on industrial production (powered by oil). Any change is not going to be a walk in the "park".


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