For a girl who barely knows how to hoist and aim our double barreled shotgun (and who can only hit the broadside of a barn door), I get such an inexplicable kick out of hearing about and talking about peak oil as a key national security issue. Perhaps it just seems so obvious to me, and an easy sell for those who might otherwise be resistant to accepting and acting on peak oil.
Beyond the obvious issue of dependence on foreign oil, and China’s ascendance to energy-hoghood, I think the really easy sell is in moving from centralized to distributed power (fewer power plants and more solar power on individual home and business units, the job creation implications of which is beyond phenomenal).
Hit me with your best shot
Some of this was on display during last night’s keynote on Energy and National Security at the ASPO conference. Congressman Roscoe Bartlett, (R-Md.) spoke passionately about how urgent the issue is, and how lonely it is to be among the few in Congress paying attention.
Rear Admiral Lawrence Rice spoke about the Joint Operating Environment, a discussion document he helped produce. The JOE doesn’t represent official US military policy, but it does nonetheless show that there’s significant concern in the military for efficiency, costs, and alternatives, all of which is cool. If you get that military muscle-power behind a shift, it can start to happen. That’s because a whole bunch of folks out there aren’t going to listen to anyone except someone who they identify as having the authority to do so, and for a bunch of those folks, that’s the guys with the guns.
Of course, on so much of infrastructure and security we’re woefully behind, and we refuse to talk about it. That’s where we need the guys with the military cred even more. We Americans love our fear. And as I’ve said, its the one who starts the conversation at the national level who will own this conversation. If that happens at election time (maybe, people don’t like to talk about pain but its what Bush campaigned on twice, and won-ish), it could be a game changer. Aye, aye cap’n.
Who will talk about it now?