The night descending on Paris has brought no ease of tensions over fuel price hikes. ‘Yellow Vest’ protesters set more barricades ablaze, turning the French capital into a kind of war zone. The filmed scenes resembled street battles, with rioters engaging in scuffles with police, which struggled to bring the situation under control. The video shows brazen protesters setting barricades and tents on fire, as well as riot police using tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowds. People have been venting their anger for the past two weeks over rising fuel prices and a government-proposed fuel tax, which is due to come into force in January 2019. https://www.rt.com/news/444817-paris-protests-night-fire/ I added some annotations to the IEA Graph - which only predicts the future, and may be completely wrong. With enough technology + time, we could be mining asteroids and the Planets - or discover completely new and abundant resources to use as fuel to maintain Industrial Civilization. There are Optimists, Pessimists and Realists. Some say that more people on Planet Earth = more minds to solve problems and create solutions. Some say that we have already overshot carrying capacity and are about to fall off the Seneca Cliff. That solutions to the problems Industrial Civilization only adds to complexity and ensures a Seneca Cliff collapse. I'm in agreement with that. There is absolutely NO solutions to our dilemma, because Humans can't seem to grasp that creating cooperative and sustainable civilization requires sacrifice by all - we must all agree to give up something.... but we only want more. We can only continue to carry on with BAU (Business as Usual) until we can't. The fewer people that can afford fuel - the more there is for those who can. Those at the top, will push down those at the bottom. When the petro-dollar dies, so does our way of life - what then? Right now - People from Africa,the Middle East and South America are fleeing the endless wars and poverty, coming to Europe and America. What are you willing to give up - what part of your slice of the pie will you share? Or, as George Bush declared.... “THE American way of life is not up for negotiation.” That was the stance struck by the elder George Bush at the first Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. He was responding to the thousands of green, anti-capitalist and other activists who were claiming that the United States, then as now the world's biggest energy consumer, was also its biggest polluter. That makes it all the more striking that his son has just proposed environmental policies that, he says, will “fundamentally alter the American way of life in a positive way.” https://www.economist.com/leaders/2003/02/13/a-greener-bush Endless wars for Oil and to prop up the Petro-Dollar - until the last American Soldier is dead.
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