Shuck and Jive

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Peak Oil and the Church

Tonight's midnight movie will take you late into the morning. This is a compilation of many different speeches given by Mike Ruppert of From the Wilderness and now Collapsenet about the geopolitics of Peak Oil.

Denial Stops Here: From 9/11 to Peak Oil and Beyond

Ruppert is the best. He documents everything.

The neat thing for you about what I am doing here is that you can lurk and watch my midnight movies and read my stuff and never have to identify yourself. It is risk free for you. Free information so you can connect the dots for yourself. You can accept what you want, dismiss what you must, check it out further. And you can wonder,

"Is this really going on? What does it mean for our future? For my family? For me?"
Remember I am a Presbyterian minister. You can't get more square than that. If I am posting this on a public blog you know it is getting mainstream. Change is happening now. Ruppert has provided us with a helpful "map."

The point is not 9/11. The point is the motivation behind it. Once you get the motivation (that is the raw panic when those in power see what is at stake), then 9/11 is another day's work for Empire. More evil to come. I read this today
. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said it clearly:
"We're not leaving Afghanistan prematurely," Gates finally said. "In fact, we're not ever leaving at all."
It is interesting when honesty just slips out like that.

There is a role here for the church. This is the church's moment. The church's role is NOT:
  1. to try to save our way of life
  2. to provide false comfort it by denying reality
  3. to ignore our task
Oil is at peak production. The world is getting ready for global war. This is what we must work against. We cannot allow Petroleum Man to destroy everything in a futile attempt to maintain an unsustainable way of life. It is a way of death. We must name these powers of destruction and engage them. We must prepare ourselves for the changes that are taking place right now.

As human beings we can deal with this. We can handle change. We will work together with our neighbors. We can adapt to far less consumption. We can work together. But our leaders do not trust us. We have to tell them that we understand Peak Oil and we want them to be honest with us and to work with and for us so that we can prepare our local communities.

Representative Roscoe Bartlett of Maryland gets it. My representative? Not so much. But we have to keep at it. We have to let them know that we know and we care.

And now your midnight movie.

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