Earth Day Back in 2008...

Dear Friend:

This newsletter was originally written way back in 2008. I left it mostly unchanged because sometimes it is interesting to see how the predictions went. Luckily, the new found oil reserves in America and Canada have postponed a lot of these dire predictions. But make no mistake about it, we are still using up fossil fuels like they are going out of style, and we'll pay for it day

First of all... Happy Earth Day! It's good to see a lot more "green" talk these days. Talk is good - it sometimes leads to action. And more and more people are acting and doing what they can to live a more sustainable lifestyle. I'm still not too impressed with the options available to the average homeowner though. 

I've been telling you for many years now that times are going to get tough. And right now, you are seeing it happen for real. And it's not caused by the home foreclosure thing either. That's just a symptom - not a cause. All our current problems are directly related to the high price of oil...

  • Truck drivers are going out of business because they can not afford to fill their tanks
  • Airlines are going bankrupt due to high fuel prices
  • Farmers who want to make more money are growing fuel crops instead of food crops
  • Foods like rice, corn, and wheat are skyrocketing in price
  • Shortages of these crops are also causing big problems
  • Hardly any countries are exporting rice or other food crops
  • Riots are breaking out in poor countries over food
  • In the Philippines, they will throw you in jail for life for hoarding rice
  • Some big wholesale and retail stores are rationing & limiting purchases of flour and rice
  • Gas is $3.35 a gallon and diesel is $4.00 a gallon
  • Gas is expected to hit $5.00 a gallon this summer
  • Prices on food and everything else will continue to rise in the future
  • I'm afraid these are just the "initial" stages of far worse things that will happen in the near future

On this Earth Day 2008, I encourage you to live a more sustainable, self-sufficient life. If you can...

  • Secure your clean water supply first. You can live without fossil fuels and even food for a while, but you can only survive a few days without water.
  • Next... start gardening. I have a few books in my store on sustainable gardening and farming - Store
  • Third... set up some kind of electricity system. My book, "Electricity - Make it, Don't Buy it" is a good start at The Build Your Own Wind Turbine Book is good too.
  • Fourth... take another look at my back issues of the Alternative Energy newsletters. The August 2006 issue alone contains over 800 free publications on survival, alternative energy, and sustainable, green living. Download them now for free and save them on your hard disk for when you will need them.
  • Fifth... whatever you do, just take one little step toward living a greener life on this Earth Day. Some of these things, like gardening, have to be started now to show results one year from now. Supplies like generators, flour, rice, and corn may not be available or very hard to get (and expensive) one year from now.

If you go back and read my Alternative Energy Newsletters, you'll see that I told you this was coming about two years ago. Now I am telling you it is going to get worse. But... unfortunately most of you will ignore my warnings until it is too late. What are you going to do when...

  • A 5kw generator costs $20,000?
  • There is no more rice, flour, or corn in the stores?
  • A loaf of bread costs $20?
  • A gallon of gas costs $10?
  • One deep cycle 12v battery costs $1000?
  • A good 4kw sine wave inverter costs $25,000?
  • Drinkable water no longer flows through your pipes?
  • Chicken, if you can find it, is $9.00 a pound?

Not going to happen you say? I remember when not too long ago, gas was 25 cents a gallon and milk was under $1.00 a gallon. If gas were to increase another 13x over the next 20 years like it has over the last 20 years, that would mean gas would cost over $40 a gallon in 2028!


Bill Anderson