by leading futurist researcher Dr. Chris Martenson, the book “The Crash
Course: The Unsustainable Future Of Our Economy, Energy, And
Environment” paints a picture of a future that could hold some promise
or be a place of grim reminders of a past where we squandered the
resources of the planet.
A problem-solver, Dr. Martenson wrote The
Crash Course to show how the economy, energy and the environment are
interrelated and that the planet is at a global tipping point where a
change in one of the three variables changes the future significantly.
the coming decades will be unlike anything we have ever experienced
before, Dr. Martenson argues as he believes the world is caught in an
economic crisis the likes of which we haven’t seen before. That can
easily be seen in the attempts to bail out the Greek economy with
old-fashioned remedies and what one might call economic shock theory,
cutbacks, cutbacks and more cutbacks. There comes a point where there’s
nothing left to cut. And now, France is feeling the effects of the
downturn, among other economies.
Dr. Martenson argues that we are
on a path where our out of control use of energy, the environment and
the economy are heading toward the venturi effect of the future where,
like a funnel, there will be a host of problems on one side and a
relatively small flow of fixes that work, if they work at all. His work,
not the first in this type of the ultimate doomsday prediction as works
such as this go as far back as the first world oil shortage of 1973
that, granted, was manmade, but still launched two Harvard economists
like missiles into the study of global oil use predicted that we would
have run out of sustainable fuels by about 1998.
But, there are
two wildcards that were not yet clouds on the horizon in the 1970s as
the West still controlled the world economy, China and India, whose
accelerating use for everything from paperclips to petroleum, adds
strains to a world that is not prepared for them.
points out that while fossil fuels are necessary and are rapidly being
depleted so that we are being forced ever deeper into the ocean to drill
for it. That carries with it its own peril, as the major blowout of the
well in the deep Gulf last year points out. Tens of millions of gallons
of brown unprocessed crude fouled crucial fishing grounds and breeding
grounds of other marine species. In other words, it was a true
catastrophe, all brought on by the need to head further out into the sea
looking for the fossil fuels our life demands.
Martenson points out, oil will run out as we try to squeeze more out of
not only the sea, but depleted fields inland.
Dr. Martenson’s map
toward future sanity paints a picture of the fact that we have to have
begun solving our problems yesterday or the day before but since we
can’t we have to begin our change now. Dr. Martenson’s Crash Course
charts the course ahead and emphasizes that it’s not a pretty picture
but despite the chaos we may face, it is the path we have to take so we
will emerge successfully. What the success will be and when it will
occur are still dauntingly far ahead. And it is a path filled with
challenges that represent new opportunities. In a way, it paints
positive picture of where we will emerge and gives us a vision on which
we can build more balanced lives that will lead a lifestyle in harmony
with the new realities.