Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Oil Addiction: The World in Peril

Pierre Chomat
Universal Publishers

Wednesday, February 1, 2006
Pacific Forum – 3:00 p.m.

Utterly addicted to oil, man in his industrial adventure has transformed nearly all of the Earth's ecosystems into "egosystems" designed to serve only his own needs and desires, at the expense of the species. Western society has reached the "Age of Excess," which will last only as long as there is still fossil energy to fuel it. The Earth cannot keep up with man's demand for natural resources. Her hydrocarbon reserves are shrinking rapidly. By 2010, global production will begin to decrease setting off a period of unprecedented planetary disorder and turmoil.

Today the United States must import most of its oil from faraway countries. Therein lies a terrible paradox: the power of America is rooted in dependency! It is high time to wonder if we in the West, in our suicidal quest for energy, are not running the risk of losing control of the course of our history?

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