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We're literally stuck up a cul-de-sac in a cement SUV without a fill-up

James Howard Kunstler

The End of Suburbia (movie)

At first glance, the connection between energy vulnerability in remote communities and the coming petroleum supply crunch that will change the viability of the sprawling suburban culture in the south may not be obvious.

Suburbia is not remote. It is congenitally joined to urban centres, and as connected to the continental grid as it is possible to be: electricity, natural gas, roads, telephone land-lines, cable television, multiple hard-wire Internet connectivity options, multiple cellular telephone towers in close proximity, ubiquitous Wi-Fi, etc.

However, suburbia represents communities. Communities with population and housing densities that are comparable to many remote communities.

The key issue remote communities have to consider about this movie is this. Depending on whose numbers you choose to use, there are less than one million people living in remote northern communities. There are over four billion southerners. If it comes down to a bidding war for oil, who do you think will win? The sparsely populated remote northern communities, or the militarized, wealthy industrialized populations of the south?

If you can't afford oil in the very near future, what is your plan for doing without it?

Darryl McMahon, RESTCo

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