Life Without Petroleum

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34 Responses to Life Without Petroleum

  1. stackja

    A Greens dream. Others nightmare.

  2. Karabar

    One Generation Z / Millennial’s View – Food for Thought
    A 26 year old who sums it up in an articulate and logical manner!!!
    This article was written by a college student by the name of Alyssa Ahlgren, who’s in grad school for her MBA. It’s a short article but definitely worth a read.
    My Generation Is Blind to the Prosperity Around Us!

    I’m sitting in a small coffee shop near Nokomis trying to think of what to write about. I scroll through my newsfeed on my phone looking at the latest headlines of Democratic candidates calling for policies to “fix” the so-called injustices of capitalism. I put my phone down and continue to look around. I see people talking freely, working on their MacBook’s, ordering food they get in an instant, seeing cars go by outside, and it dawned on me. We live in the most privileged time in the most prosperous nation and we’ve become completely blind to it. Vehicles, food, technology, freedom to associate with whom we choose.

    These things are so ingrained in our American way of life we don’t give them a second thought. We are so well off here in the United States that our poverty line begins 31 times above the global average. Thirty. One. Times. Virtually no one in the United States is considered poor by global standards. Yet, in a time where we can order a product off Amazon with one click and have it at our doorstep the next day, we are unappreciative, unsatisfied, and ungrateful.

    Our unappreciation is evident as the popularity of socialist policies among my generation continues to grow. Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently said to Newsweek talking about the millennial generation, “An entire generation, which is now becoming one of the largest electorates in America, came of age and never saw American prosperity.”

    Never saw American prosperity! Let that sink in. When I first read that statement, I thought to myself, that was quite literally the most entitled and factually illiterate thing I’ve ever heard in my 26 years on this earth. Many young people agree with her, which is entirely misguided. My generation is being indoctrinated by a mainstream narrative to actually believe we have never seen prosperity. I know this first hand, I went to college, let’s just say I didn’t have the popular opinion, but I digress.

    Why then, with all of the overwhelming evidence around us, evidence that I can even see sitting at a coffee shop, do we not view this as prosperity? We have people who are dying to get into our country. People around the world destitute and truly impoverished. Yet, we have a young generation convinced they’ve never seen prosperity, and as a result, elect politicians dead set on taking steps towards abolishing capitalism.

    Why? The answer is this, my generation has only seen prosperity. We have no contrast. We didn’t live in the great depression, or live through two world wars, the Korean War, The Vietnam War or see the rise and fall of socialism and communism. We don’t know what it’s like to live without the internet, without cars, without smartphones. We don’t have a lack of prosperity problem. We have an entitlement problem, an ungratefulness problem, and it’s spreading like a plague.”

  3. John Constantine

    Our economy will be judged on our Gross National Happiness.

    As in the heavily armed paramilitary Death Squads man checkpoints on each street corner, monitoring the Cheerful Squalor of the proles and announcing when the time falls due for spontaneous outpourings of support for our dear Satraps and the Great Powers they unswervingly lickspittle.

    We will truly find life not worth living, without Cheerfully Squalid love for our new elites in our hearts.


  4. Rusty of Qld

    This question is never asked of the anti coal, anti 21st century snowflakes whom couldn’t live without all the modern conveniences, I- phones especially, appliances, medicines, abundant food etc,etc.
    Would some “news person” please ask them to demonstrate by living the coal, oil free green lifestyle they desire for everybody else and see how they go and get back to us!
    In other words “put your money and body where your mouth is”!

  5. RobK

    Petroleum as a feedstock for the chemical industry is hard to beat, but not impossible if energy is cheap enough.
    Petrolem as a source of energy is hard to beat, but not impossible, if other energy is cheap enough.
    Coal and nuclear are potential surrogates, though not while petroleum is as readily available as it is.
    Renewables are still a niche market fit. Not ready for prime time. Each form of energy has a place.
    Each for of feed stock has it’s place….. then there’s the CO2 conjecture to up-end the entire works.

  6. Turtle of WA

    Most of the city wouldn’t be there without petroleum. A majority of the population would be peasants.

  7. RobK

    Most of the city wouldn’t be there without petroleum. A majority of the population would be peasants.
    Cities would mostly be agrarian villages.

  8. atomics

    Stay tuned for the sequel: dead and dying in the streets as billions die from mass starvation.

  9. Bruce of Newcastle

    Nothing wrong with life without petroleum…if you have nuclear.
    You can make liquid fuels using the nuclear energy, water and CO2.
    No silly expensive EVs required.
    The electricity is cheap and reliable.
    Oddly enough the greens don’t like nuclear either.

  10. thefrollickingmole

    Shades of this old classic.

  11. Howard Hill

    Hahaha We wouldn’t even have seen this clip without petroleum.
    The media are the problem. Ban all media people from using petroleum products including coal. We could probably run the the whole the country on the whining alone, lol.

  12. Mother Lode

    Kids have not been taught to see how the things they have are produced. They are just in the shops.

    Our unions demand ever higher wages and yet resist every attempt to adopt more productive processes – they think the boss just sits there and money comes tumbling in through the open window.

    Kids are taught that profit is evil, tantamount to theft. Business people are always looking for ways to skirt laws to line their pockets. Only government can be trusted to be disinterested and yet mindful always of citizens’ needs.

    They believe wealth is the baseline and that the private sector is distorting this by taking more than their share of wealth.

    And every socialist revolutionary has made the same compact with their followers – “I will give you more of the stuff you want to take from other people, all you need do is give me the political power. Although I studied politics and have no experience in engineering, science, manufacturing, logistics and so on, I will be able to deliver the largesse of the world through political will.”

  13. Helen

    As a historian, I’ll just point out that there were cities, towns, houses, armchairs, bottles, eyeglasses, telephones and many other everyday things before petroleum. The world actually existed and the industrial revolution happened without plastic, believe it or not!
    Scottish-Australian James Harrison patented the first refrigeration system in 1854, using compression of ether (produced from alcohol not petroleum).
    Automobiles can run on fuels other than petrol. In WW2 when petrol was scarce in Australia, many rural properties ran their vehicles on producer gas made from charcoal, produced from wood in small charcoal kilns (some of these still exist). Charcoal is still commercially made in rural areas from mallee (which can be harvested and regrows), today used in charcoal chicken shops.
    Maybe the problem is no-one knows history any more.

  14. Rokdoktor

    I’d like to see the same clip modified to show the result if all things we dig out of the ground (energy sources, metals, building materials) were to suddenly disappear – he would be naked in a field (or maybe wearing an animal’s skin – although without access to a stone blade I can’t immediately see how he would get the skin off the animal).

  15. I_am_not_a_robot

    There is no hope, even Krazy-eyes McKibben can’t live without petroleum.

  16. Dr Fred Lenin

    Back to horses ? Imagine the amount of manure we would have in Melbourne , Sydney ? No more starving roses plenty for the wreaths for the thousands who would die of manure crelated diseases .
    The combustion engine saved the lives of thousands when the horse manure ceased spreading disease .

  17. Terry

    “maybe wearing an animal’s skin”…”I can’t immediately see how he would get the skin off the animal.”

    He wouldn’t be getting the skin off, although he would be “wearing” it…from inside the animal’s stomach.

  18. Lee

    If people want to live in a pre-industrial (post-industrial?) age, then they should be prepared for fairly short, miserable lives, living off the land like peasants.

  19. In other words “put your money and body where your mouth is”!

    I’ve suggested that now and again to these virtue signalers and their response has been it takes everyone to participate, one or two isn’t enough. The question that follows then is why does Australia think they can lead the world in going all renewables when the rest of the world is not? No answer, other than a dirty look.

  20. mem

    But we’re not talking about petroleum. It’s coal that’s bad, bad, bad. Stop coal mining and the climate will be fixed. Don’t you care. Coal is dirty. Coal is evil. No more coal, rah, rah, rah. And so the chant goes. Nothing to do with mobile phones or anything dear to the millennial’s lifestyle. Or so they think.

  21. Frank Walker from National Tiles


  22. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    The modern world without petroleum would have next to no plastic, which means most “things” we have now wouldn’t exist.

  23. Percy Popinjay

    I’d rather life without greenfilth.

  24. Dr Fred Lenin

    The fauxberiginals would be really annoyed if civilisation perished ,no more welfare . In remote communities they have not had petrol for years ,too many oetrol sniffers ,diesel solved that problem .

  25. Tel

    The modern world without petroleum would have next to no plastic, which means most “things” we have now wouldn’t exist.

    You can still have a car made from banana leaves and boiled carbohydrate gum.

    When you get to your destination, chop up the car and feed it to the horse that was pulling you there.

  26. RobK

    Im told corn starch is the go. Lots of picking jobs in place of one SP header.

  27. vlad

    Frank, you beat me to it.

    Peter Singer wears all-synthetic everything because of the animals. He’ll have to wear leather shoes in a world without Texas Tea.

  28. JohnJJJ

    They missed the massive electrical fires as all the now uncovered wires fuse and spark, plus plenty of electrocutions as the water from the non existent pipes hits the naked wires.

  29. Herodotus

    Life without reliable and affordable electricity – coming soon.

  30. Mark M

    Silly old Attenborough is squealing about the end of the world, which is happening now, and will happen to the grandchildren as well.

    When Sir David announces he will do no more fossil-fuelled documentaries, will give up his big home for a shoebox run by solar panels, gives up his fine suits and will only walk everywhere, then I will pay attention.

  31. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Millennial kiddies’ thinking is very much like the mindset of New Guinea Cargo Cults.

    Give us stuff that miraculously arrives from nowhere and all we have to do is vote for it.

  32. Terry

    “run by solar panels”

    Solar Panels manufactured without fossil fuels. Yeah, good luck with that…

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