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Dealing with the dark. August 1, 2012

Posted by ourfriendben in homesteading, wit and wisdom.
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The news that half of India’s 1.2 billion people have lost their electrical power in the worst power outage the world has ever known should be sobering to us all. It’s sickeningly hot, and the drought that’s hammering us here in the States has pounded so hard on India that the government has set up rescue stations so people can bring in their livestock and try to save them. Now on top of that half the nation has no power.

Even here, pundits are threatening soaring grocery prices in the face of a poor crop, thanks to unprecedented heat and drought. (Thank you, global warming!) But what happens in a society where the crops and livestock die off and the people can’t afford to pay more? We read the death toll with horror when the power fails in some city or other here and the elderly pass out and die in their apartments or tenements. Imagine half a nation in horrific heat and drought conditions losing power and having no backup!

Imagine it happening here, in some future nightmare scenario. What would you and your family do if the temperatures were in the high 90s, it hadn’t rained in weeks, and the power shut off? What would you do if it was the middle of winter and freezing and the power just stopped? Now is the time to think this through and get the generator and other supplies you’d need to bring your family through a crisis like that. Now is the time to connect with your neighbors and set up some support systems that will help not just you but your community if there’s some kind of breakdown. Don’t wait for it to happen here. Because when it does, it will be too late.

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1. Fang - August 2, 2012

As an Indian facing the power crisis you just mentioned, I agree with you completely. Conditions are indeed awful and all we’ve done is adjust with the poor decisions of our government which is a pawn of corporations and breaking at the seams with corruption.

But it can’t go on anymore and the problem, fundamentally, rests elsewhere. It is in an energy intensive lifestyle. It was sustainable when developed nations were few, as they were the only ones (and still do consume the vast majority of energy) consuming excessively. The trend’s now picking up and the planet can’t take it anymore.

In short, the people are many and resources are less – and you top all of this off with evils like greed, corruption, senseless resource exploitation and inequitable distribution — and we have the perfect recipe for global meltdown.

We’re already on the highway to hell.

I’m sorry to say I agree with you, Fang. Until we stop propagating out of control, stop using resources as if we’re entitled, stop putting ourselves above other species, and stop dumping our pollutants and trash into space, into the oceans, into our water supply, into everything, I fear there’s only one solution: That hungry aliens will perceive the massive amount of carbon we’re emitting and come down to eat us. I just hope it won’t be in our time.

2. gold account - August 3, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The drought gripping more than half the country is a major reason why consumers can expect to pay 3 percent to 4 percent more for groceries next year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday.

3. narf77 - August 10, 2012

I have to say that we have been changing our lives on Serendipity Farm for quite some time now. We are minimising our reliance on fossil fuels and are trying to live as simply as we can with less. We are slowly planting out an edible food forest on our property starting with edible fruits and nuts and as we can afford to, we are adding what we need to take us as far from the grid as possible. Someday soon we will save enough for a rainwater tank and a wind turbine and that generator that you mentioned is right up there on our “must have” list. We all need to learn how to live with less and learn how to grow our own food. It should be a government initiative to help people to learn to live within their means and more proactively for their futures.

Good for you, Fran! I wish we were as far along that road here at Hawk’s Haven. My dream is to be able to afford a wind-powered well here, since we’re completely dependent on the grid to power our existing well and we live on a fairly windy site. Someday!


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