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You want to know what I think is really fucking stupid? Oil production has flat-lined for five years and will soon begin to decrease as the difficulty of getting the oil increases. But here we are pretending nothing is happening. Instead of using this precious stuff which took us out of the choking 19th century to build a renewables revolution post haste before this basis of our world unravels and leaves us fighting over scraps in a world of failed states. That is what I think is fucking stupid.

When the oil crunch happens it will happen very quickly and irreversibly because the rapidly increasing worldwide demand will exacerbate the supply problem. Serious international conflict is likely and Australia’s backup supplies are hopelessly small.

I would like to see many of us, most of us, all of us who still have a sense of truth, to act now as if reality were real and not some subjective fantasy that can be wished away. That means to stop lying to ourselves and accepting the lies of others, and make substantial personal commitments, investments, and changes in our transport, energy, and food systems. We need to be a positive and sustainable example to the billions who are struggling to emulate us.

Sapoty Brook, Mullumbimby


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  1. Maybe I am slightly old fashioned, experiencing some problems to connect with our selfish ‘selfie’ obsessed generation, but I take extreme dislike to certain letter writers to the editor of the echo who cannot express their views to the public without using foul language.
    If a letter writer cannot express their view about a subject of interest without swearing then do not print it. To use abusive language to further your point of view is not only uncool it doesn’t enhance the language skills of our upcoming generation.

  2. so once again, trashing the planet is ok, but, gee, swearing..that’s bad!

    you have illustrated the absurdity of many people so well hugo.

    get over the swearing and tell us what you are doing to help with the resource issues.

    do you grow any food organically?

    do you drive in a big, energy-guzzler car, or drive an efficient one or ride a bike?

    do you take holidays nearby (or not at all), or on a plane to somewhere far away?

    do you have a big power bill, or a small one (or a solar system)?

    tell us, these are the real issues, not what your opinion happens to be about which words are okay and which aren’t.

    i’m nominating a new swear word…”holiday”

  3. I consider expression through words sometimes requires more dimensions than the rational. I feel very deeply and strongly about this issue and that strength of feeling and its ramifications are succinctly codified in the F word and its contexts in the English language, my mother tongue.


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