The CIA reports that there are 266 “nations, dependent areas, and other entities” on the world today. During the last few weeks at least 90 of these are reported to be having continuing serious or very serious energy shortages. The number of countries with energy problems may be much higher as the CIA also reports that 94 of the world’s nations are islands many of which are so small they are rarely heard from but are almost certain to be suffering from $140 oil.
Most of the places having serious energy problems are in South Asia, Africa, Latin America, and scattered islands. Taken together, they make up over half of the world’s population. Nearly all are having electric power shortages that have resulted in daily blackouts ranging from a few hours to most of the day. Droughts, fuel costs and rapid growth in electrically powered consumer goods are behind most of the shortages. Insurgencies, mismanagement, and even accidents are taking a toll. Liquid fuel shortages are growing rapidly as poorer nations struggle to keep up with surging prices.
In sum, these shortages are causing serious hardships among peoples who have grown accustomed to electric lights, refrigeration, air conditioning and motorized vehicles. Some form of energy-related strike, demonstration, or riot is now being reported almost daily somewhere around the world. It will not be long before serious repercussions evolve from these shortages.
There are so many places with serious troubles that it is difficult to pick out the more vulnerable. Pakistan, where power shortages have nearly eliminated the export-textile industry and which is only days away from running out of liquid fuels, is likely near the top of the list. Bangladesh and even India may not be too far behind, possibly failing to produce enough food for their peoples. Beyond South Asia there are numerous places of consequence that may be facing political upheavals due to the declining availability of electricity and liquid fuels. Energy Bulletin
Go back to sleep now, nothing here to see. 50% of the world’s population is now in serious trouble, but you’re an American and it can’t happen here. Our special status and privileged position ensures that we will be just fine.
Ignore the 200,000 homeless children (in America of course) I read about last night, they’re not an indication that anything is seriously wrong either (not to be confused with the other 200,000 children being sold into slavery each year). The other 20 million people still being held in slavery is just business as usual, of course.
We’re good. Wages to (l)earn slavery is the normal course of events in America. Again, business as usual. Sleep now, as you pull, push, crank, wind, lift, stack and sell, performing all the motions of a robot. Ah yes, the American Dream as Carlin used to say, the one you’d have to be asleep to believe. Sleep now.