Monday, April 02, 2007

A Monday morning gloom post

The title says it all... (click on 'full post' to read)

Good article on Mexico's incipient crisis over at Energy Bulletin here (something I've been banging on about for a while): "More than a third of Mexico's government revenues comes from the state petroleum monopoly, PetrĂ³leos Mexicanos, often referred to as PEMEX. Fast declining output from the company's giant Cantarell field is frustrating efforts to maintain overall production. Some believe that Mexico may now have passed peak oil. If this is so, it is difficult to see how Mexico will be able to maintain its current level of public services or continue on a path of unevenly distributed, but moderately rising prosperity."

But while we're at it, let's also mention the meltdown taking place in Pakistan. Al Qaeda to get nukes? Hmmm.

So what else can we get gloomy about? I don't tend to take much interest in the prospects of avian flu, but the plight of the bees is concerning. I read the other day that honey is one of the few foods that doesn't go off - perhaps it's worth stocking up on.

Thing is, if the bees really are having problems, then it's not just honey that will be in short supply - it's everything else that the bees provide further up the food chain - and seeing as how Matt Simmons was saying we're facing fuel shortages in the summer, perhaps this is the year when TSHTF.

Or, I'm as far off as I've been before (still persuaded of that scenario, but my timing is off by at least a few years).

Anyhow, I'm having a fairly relaxed Monday so far - you can probably tell - first for weeks. We've even had the parish magazine delivered. Miracles never cease.

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