Despite the happy talk from the clowns at CNBC, you can’t grow your business forever. To these morally challenged, tunnel-visioned hustlers, more people on the earth means more cheap labor, more consumers of junk and more profits. These are the people who are running the world; running it into a permanent disaster zone.
The world is heading for the perfect storm, according to John Beddington, England’s chief scientific adviser. And this interdependent world, which the ruling class is working to complete, will collapse like a house of cards and everyone will suffer, except those who caused it.
Meanwhile, the lethal virus, an exploding population, is predicted to hit over 9 billion by 2050. These extra 2 billion people will be demanding more of everything, including oil, food and water. Predictions are that we will need the equivalent of 2 earths to meet the demand. The problem is we don’t have that capacity. A lot of people will be out of luck.
In 2009, Beddington “forecast that by 2030, population growth and climate change, along with a 50 percent increase in demand for food and energy and a 30 percent jump in demand for fresh water, could precipitate a global crisis.”
“In September, the United Nations announced that the number of chronically hungry has been growing over the past decade and would pass the 1 billion mark in 2009 (It did). Another report warned that ‘dramatic increases in water productivity’ were needed to avert an expanded food crisis in Asia.”
And in 2009, despite the recession, commodity prices moved up. “Oil prices rose 75 percent and copper and zinc prices more than doubled.” And they continue in 2010. See “More Roadblocks on the Way to Economic Recovery.”
The future world food supply is on shaky ground. Under globalization, we (the U.S.) trade with the world for food (apple juice) and products that we also produce here. The only benefits go to corporations and cheap labor in places such as China and Mexico. One day, when the system collapses, there will be shortages that can’t be replaced.
When it’s crunch time, see how quickly borders close and everyone is on their own. Then remember how we used to be self-sufficient before corporations ruled the earth.
A few years ago, my town was hit by three major hurricanes in six weeks. Electricity was out for over a week. The grocery stores were empty. There was no gasoline. Now think about a scenario when fuel shortages and food shortages cause nations to hoard food and other necessities for domestic use. It happened in 2008 when food prices rose and there were shortages. Some countries stopped exporting certain foods. Riots occurred around the world, including Haiti, where international peacekeeping forces were brought in to maintain order.
But the more immediate problem facing the world over the next two decades is water shortage. You can’t grow food without water and you can’t manufacture a lot of products without water. Companies are well aware of the problem. It’s affecting them now and they are looking for answers.
According to Nestle Chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmanthe, “…global water requirements will be 40 percent greater than what can be sustainably supplied.
“While the world is rightly moving to address the challenges presented by climate change and depleting supplies of fossil fuels, the same awareness and consensus does not exist when it comes to addressing our usage of water. Yet the harsh fact is that we will probably run out of water long before we run out of fuel.” (03/29/2010)
A March 2009 UN report reveals that “by 2030, nearly half of the world’s people will be living in areas of acute water shortage…”
Some major factors that are increasing the demand for water:
“Migration from the countryside to cities was also increasing water use…as was the growing consumption of meat-the production of which requires more water than vegetables-in China and elsewhere.”
The report warned “about the downsides of developing biofuels to replace polluting hydrocarbons as an energy source, because of the water needed to grow crops like corn and sugar cane to produce ethanol.”
It takes “about 2,500 liters of water to make 1 liter of biofuel…[and] implementing all current national biofuel policies and plans would take 180 cubic kilometers of extra irrigation water resources, with possible feedback into global grain markets.” (Land that could be used for crops to feed people.)
Solar power is a popular generator of renewable energy. “Power generation companies favor the water-cooled solar electric plants because they are the most cost-efficient while air-cooled plants use 90 percent less water but are far more expensive to run.
“The problem is worse in Arizona, where there are greater pressures on available water resources outside the state’s urban centers.”
The Southwest United States will be under tremendous stress over the next 40 years as a majority of the next 100 million people added to our nation will wind up here. Catastrophic would be the operative word.
Here’s something else to add to your dystopian future.
Pundits and analysts say this will be a jobless recovery for America or that it will come back over a period of time, four or five years. But they seem to have forgotten something.
The corporate jihad to destroy American workers and replace them with cheap labor is a long term project that has been in play since NAFTA. It’s part of a global quest to establish a mobile, global workforce of cheap labor that can be utilized for temporary employment. No careers for American workers. Just competition from places like the integrated region of the Americas, with one billion people by 2050.
The corporations are aided by Congress, which does the bidding of corporate CEOs like Bill Gates. He wants millions of temporary hi-tech workers from India (H-1B visas) to replace American workers at cheaper wages. Check out any “comprehensive immigration amnesty” bill that makes it to a vote and see how many visa work programs are in it.
So when the world is struggling with shortages of just about everything, the prices keep going up, the dollar is equivalent to the Zimbabwe quadrillion dollar bill and you are broke and have no job prospects, what will your plan be?
Of course, the faster the world economy recovers, the faster we run short of those things we need to survive. Here is a list of 144 items out of 6000 that can’t be made without petroleum.