The U.S. already has some 250 million 2-axle motor vehicles (cars, light trucks, vans) running around and sitting in traffic jams (and only 200 million licensed drivers). With some tender care and adequate spare parts, this inventory easily could be useful for another 20 or 30 years considering how much less they are going to be driven once gas prices go up. Even the most optimistic do not see how there will be much oil around for powering private cars 25 years from now.See... the CIA knows Autos (and everything else that depends on cheap and plentiful gasoline and diesel - including housing) are doomed. The CIA reports to the POTUS. The POTUS at this moment is Barak Obama. Mr. Obama is, by all accounts, as sharp as a TACK...
When one considers that we already have in operation more than enough cars and trucks with low mileage internal combustion engines to last us through the rest of the oil age, the only logical thing to do is to stop making more. That's right --- stop building and selling anything that consumes liquid fuels at anywhere near the rate consumed by our current fleet of vehicles.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
The Autos and Housing
If you have been reading my stuff for a while, you know that I have stated time and again: we (the U.S. and the world) do not need a SINGLE NEW CAR ever again - that the inventory we have is sufficient to finish off ALL of the remaining oil in the world. And then some.
Today, I was reading Tom Whipple's stuff, as I do every week. Tom is a retired CIA analyst. He should have worked on Wall Street - we might have been better informed if he had. Alas, it was not to be.
But I digress...
But I digress...
Chrysler is going to be liquidated. G.M. is going to change its name to General Motorcycle and Moped (credit the Mad Scientist with that one). Ford will survive as a manufacturer of heavy duty work vehicles.
And you, my friend, are going to have a new title.
We met a delightful family from Mexico this week at the farmer's co-op. I was putting up a sign for a part time farm hand when a young man speaking broken English approached me, and together with my broken Spanish, I solved my problem by hiring his small construction outfit to help with repair work around my place as well as feeding my animals when we are in Florida.
He invited me to his home, a 5 acre farm which turned out to be the epitome of self-sufficient. Upon arriving we were treated to Cabritto (Roasted Goat) from his herd. My wife declined but I fell to with gusto. Burning hot salsa, fresh tortias, and incredibly seasoned goat flesh with coffee strong enough to clean New York City taxi bumpers under my belt and we were ready to take in the spread.
Not a square inch was wasted. Corn grew in 2 acres as well as every nook and cranny. A 1/4 acre vegetable garden. Fruit trees rather than decorative bushes surrounded the house. The remaining area held their goats, sheep, pigs, and chickens. The farm provided all of the family's milk, eggs, meat, and most of their fruit and vegetables.
But here comes the good part.
The "family" was my new friend's wife and 3 kids, his brother and his new wife, 2 cousins and their new wives, and his father. 12 people lived in this home that was perhaps 2,000 square feet, and by my reckoning they probably produced half of their own food. He was planning on renting a neighbor's 10 acres to expand his farming operation.
They slaughter and butcher their animals themselves (I had always contracted out this work). He and his brother are coming over later in the week to help me put 2 goats into the freezer, and to share the family recipe for Cabritto.
These folks are from a remote place in Mexico and were raised without benefit of running water or electricity, but are not Amish about it. They are very happy to have these services in their present home.
What an eye opener.
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Posted by The Short Story Man at 7:15 PM