After last week’s article, Hurricane Irma blundered through Florida and Georgia. Then, Typhoon Talim set its sights on my apartment building. However, Talim veered off to the North and didn’t do much more than rain on us, here in Taipei. But, Irma left a gigantic swath of destruction in her wake.
Half of Florida might be without power for weeks. People have been displaced. Lives and jobs disrupted and even ruined. And the loss of lives…
That was a terrible hurricane, and Florida hasn’t had one of those in a long time. But, I have an interesting observation, from all the typhoons that my wife and I have been through…
…did you notice how quiet and normal everything was, the day before?
This week was one of those quiet moments in time in between waves of awful news – a moment that allows you to put awful events into perspective, as well as talk about other issues that need to be addressed. There is, after all, a bigger picture and more things going on in the world than Ebola, World War III and the fall of the American Empire.
So, as the next wave of pandemic, war and financial collapse gathers itself for another attempt to swamp our lives with awful news, we have the opportunity to connect some other dots and look at other problems.
I think that we can all agree that it takes energy to make stuff. People don’t get very much done when they don’t have enough food to eat. Tractors don’t go very far without fuel. Power plants don’t produce electricity without coal.
And, we’ve run into two problems with energy.
More and more people want a share of it
We’re having trouble increasing our production of it
Up to now, whenever we needed more energy, we dug a new well or opened a new mine to produce more of it. So, when the Chinese asked for more, we could give it to them. But, that’s not the case, anymore.