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"Here it comes"
rosefox wrote in peak_oil
Dozens dead in Yemen fuel riots

Now's a great time to write to your elected representatives and encourage them to get busy funding public transportation, sustainable power generation, energy-efficient building, and national rail. If the U.S. and other oil-dependent countries don't get their shit together, might be our cities looking like that in a few years. I don't think anyone can say "It can't happen" anymore.

(crossposted to my journal and peak_oil)

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We're doing all we can. Check out the Amtrak Cascades 20 year plan - they're getting there, more slowly than the plan indicates, but it's happening.

Also - building electric light rail through Seattle. They are NOT the fucked up monorail you've been hearing about. Check out their long-range planning.
The Coming of Deindustrial Society: A Practical Response

John Michael Greer

...skip ahead...

The Failure of Politics

There are specific practical things that can be done, right now, to deal with the hard realities of our situation. The problem is that most of them are counterintuitive, and fly in the face of very deeply rooted attitudes on all sides of the political spectrum.

The first point that has to be grasped is that proposals for system-wide, top-down change - getting the Federal government to do something constructive about the situation, for instance - are a waste of time. That sort of change isn't going to happen. It's not simply a matter of who's currently in power, although admittedly that doesn't help. The core of the problem is that even proposing changes on a scale that would do any good would be political suicide.

Oh, I'm not suggesting that people write letters and then pat themselves on the backs and go for a celebratory ride in their Hummers. However, in addition to preparing in other ways, I for one refuse to abandon attempts to make my government work for me.

And I for one am committed to using less power. My Retrofoam insulation went into the cinderblock and brick walls of my house on July 19, 2005 just in time for peak summer heat.

I suppose we all have our ways of responding. Since the problem is untenable they are all equally valid.

It's the government buying alt-energy stuff in vast amounts that's going to make it affordable for the little guy. This is how any technology gets cheaper.

Using less energy is noble but it isn't going to solve the problem. That energy is still most likely coming from a nonrenewable resource that we have to import from Saudi Arabia.

This is how any technology gets cheaper.

I don't recall the government purchasing vast amounts of VCR's, McDonalds hamburgers, or portable CD-players.

The consumer is the ultimate force in the American economy.

Right, the government plays all those training tapes in little boxes with hamster wheels inside them.

Burgers are not a technology.

If the government's buying things, that makes it a consumer.

Burgers are not a technology.

Uhhh, have you seen a fast food restaurant lately??? I see lots of computers at work, I see complex communications systems, and are you somehow suggesting that mcdonalds hamburgers contain all-natural ingredients?? there's so many additives in those burgers, they are most definitely a technological advancement.

I agree the government is consumer if it buys things. But the average consumer is far more important than the government. The government controls 25% of the nation's money. The rest of us control 75%

Right, the government plays all those training tapes in little boxes with hamster wheels inside them.

Before video-taping became cheap, I think the government primarily trained with printed media and personal instructors.

With the exception of military technology, I think the US government is usually the last agent in our economy to purchase innovative equipment. Classic example: FedEx & UPS vs. US post office.

Who had tracking numbers first?

Amazing that this happens but it can't get a mention anywhere in the news. Actually, it's not really amazing, sadly it's expected these days ...

I wish I shared your... enthusiasm?... but you know what the naysayers are gonna say--besides "nay," that is.

"Well, that's in the Third World. It can't happen here."

The Yemeni cabinet announced late Tuesday it had decided to remove subsidies on fuel, nearly doubling petrol prices from 35 riyals (32 cents) a litre to 65 while diesel jumped from 17 riyals to 45.
Let see...
35:32 is 65:59.42 so about 59 cents a litre or $2.25 a gallon.

Ah yes, I'd say $2.25/gallon gasoline is enough to make people kill each other in riots.

Yehem's on the way out. Seems it hit Peak Oil in 2001.
1000 barrels/day  94  95  96  97  98  99  00  01  02  03  04
Yemen            346 351 357 375 380 405 450 471 461 454 429

Riots stopped for a bit but then started again.
Fresh clashes have erupted between Yemeni security forces and the country's citizens protesting against fuel price rises.
Saturday 23 July 2005, 13:10 Makka Time, 10:10 GMT

Fresh clashes have erupted between Yemeni security forces and the country's citizens protesting against fuel price rises.

The latest conflict on Saturday, occurred in the southern city of al-Dhalea, Aljazeera's correspondent in Yemen reported.

This follows several days of protest since last Wednesday, which has left up to 39 people dead, according to news agencies. The government puts the toll at 22.

There was no word on casualties in Saturday's clashes.

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