High Society – Peak Oil or Hemp Oil?

How hemp biodiesel and biomass can avert catastrophePeak Oil – when the world’s reserves begin to run out – is coming within two years. Some people argue black-outs and killing off 4 billion people is an unavoidable result. DML reviews the evidence of Peak Oil and how hemp biomass and hemp biodiesel can help us avoid this looming disaster.

“I cited the textbook, ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY by Stanley E. Manahan, University of Missouri. Professor Manahan actually wrote on page 439 of the 3rd edition under the heading Energy from Photosynthesis, “Meeting US demands for oil and gas would require that about 6% of the land area of the coterminous 48 states be cultivated intensively for energy production”

“Hemp attains in four months a height of 6 to 12 feet and produces a larger amount of dry vegetable matter than any other crop in temperate climates.”

Response to Ed Rosenthal’s “Hemp Realities” – Lynn Osburn, 1995, from “The Emperor Wears No Cloths”, 11th Edition, p. 250

Willie Nelson’s biodiesel website:

Here’s a few shows about (and the website to) the “hemp car”:







Video about biodiesel


CBC online video about biodiesel

Hugh Downs online audio about hemp as biodiesel:


Hemp as a Fuel / Energy Source
Biodiesel fuel from Hemp Seed Oil

Peak Oil:


Current Situation & 2005 Projections
by Dale Allen Pfeiffer

“2005 Energy Picture

In fact, oil prices might drop back below $20/barrel before 2005 is over – depending on circumstances. Several new large fields should come online this year, adding extra capacity. These are the last of the 500 million barrel mega fields, since none has been discovered in the past few years. Eighteen new mega projects are due to start producing this year, followed by eleven more is 2006. However, 2007 will see the opening of only three new projects, followed by three more in 2008. This will not keep up with declining production in older fields, much less the increase in demand.”


“Oil production will begin its decline in 2007 or 2008. At that point repression, both at home and abroad, will begin in earnest. The economy will soon collapse completely (if it does not do so before 2007). People will feel the crunch, and they will become desperate. If you are not prepared in a supportive community intent on transitioning to self-sufficiency, then your chances of surviving are drastically reduced.”


Eating Fossil Fuels
by Dale Allen Pfeiffer


Contrary to the common idea that increased prosperity results in a reduction in birth rate and population growth, Abernethy (1993), with several examples, makes the point that economic development may spur population growth. With better expectations for the future, more children can be afforded, and improved medical care means a better survival rate. Abernethy’s view is fully validated by what has happened in the newly oil-rich nations. With the social programs supported by oil income, and the Muslim tradition of large families, the growth rate of all the Gulf nations (which are all Muslim) and Libya, also Muslim, has been well above the average for the world which is about 1.6%. For example, the annual growth rate and doubling time’ of the population in Saudi Arabia and in Libya is 4.1% (doubling in 17 years), Kuwait 6.0% (doubling in 11.6 years), Qatar 6.5% (doubling time 10.7 years), and United Arab Emirates 7.3% (doubling time 9.6 years). As a result of these high growth rates, about half the population of the Arab world is now under the age of 15, portending a continued and perhaps even an increase in the population growth rate over the next two decades (Fernea, 1998). Also, this new generation is the first to live predominantly in cities. This has been made possible by oil wealth which allowed people to move beyond primarily agrarian and nomadic economies. (This is similar to what happened earlier in the United States when the need for farm labor was greatly reduced by oil-powered machinery, and people moved to the cities to engage in manufacturing and other enterprises.)


Will the oil coup be successful? That is to be doubted. Just as the Middle Eastern countries can expect problems because their population will surpass their ability to care for them, so will the rest of the world. The entire civilization is apt to break down chaotically, in ways that no one can foresee. Possibly the greatest single problem resulting from all this will be the failure of modern agriculture. Without petroleum-based fertilizers and pesticides, experts predict that world agriculture will only be able to comfortably support a population of two billion.7 The current world population is over six billion.


“It is a well-known fact that in places where women are well educated and relatively affluent, the birthrate is low.”
-Helen Caldicott, M.D., “If you love this planet”, p.117

“…if you want to get your national birth rate from 41 down to 26 (Taiwan) or from 45 to 30 per thousand (Korea), the best way to go about it is not to distribute condoms and IUD’s and hope for the best, but to give people effective land reform and more income.”
– Susan George, “How the Other Half Dies – The Real Reason for World Hunger”, 1977, p.41

“We could keep the world population at seven billion, or therabouts, not by allowing people to starve, but only by ensuring they are well fed.”
-Colin Tudge, “The Famine Business”, 1977, p.10

“Drawing on these sources, for instance, a report prepared for the Winnipeg-based International Institute for Sustainable Development showed how extensive are the subsidies to the fossile fuel industry. It found that annual subsidies to the industry amounted to about $14 billion in the U.S., $5.9 billion in Canada and a total of $59 billion in all the industrialized nations that make up the OECD. … the nuclear industry, recieved $12 billion in annual subsidies in OECD countries. Meanwhile, alternative technologies, including geothermal and biomass energy, and wind and solar power, recieved relatively little government support… Myers and Kent estimate the environmental costs of the fossil fuel sector worldwide at about $200 billion a year and the environmental costs of the road transportation sector to be in the range of $380 billion. … they do not include the biggest environmental nightmare related to the fossile fuel sector: climate change … $1 trillion per year and probably much more … Of course, the U.S. government doesn’t acknowledge that oil was a motive for the invasion. Presumably, then, the $100 billion (and rising) spent on the war and occupation should be considered a subsidy for democracy, peace, and freedom in the world.”
-Linda McQuaig, “It’s the Crude, Dude”, 2004, pp. 299-301

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