[Marxism] Hugo Chavez on Peak Oil

Jon Flanders jonathan.flanders at verizon.net
Sat Oct 1 19:55:29 MDT 2005


"The following is an abridged version of the address given to the 60th
UN General Assembly on September 15 by Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's
revolutionary socialist president." 

excerpted from http://www.greenleft.org.au/back/2005/644/644p28.htm



"Ladies and gentlemen, we are facing an unprecedented energy crisis in
which an unstoppable increase of energy [consumption] is perilously
reaching record highs, as well as the incapacity to increase oil supply
and the perspective of a decline in the proven reserves of fuel
worldwide. Oil is starting to become exhausted.

For the year 2020 the daily demand for oil will be 120 million barrels.
Such demand, even without counting future increments, would consume in
20 years what humanity has used up to now. This means that more carbon
dioxide will inevitably be released, thus warming our planet even more.

Hurricane Katrina has been a painful example of the cost of ignoring
such realities. The warming of the oceans is the fundamental factor
behind the increase in the strength of the hurricanes we have witnessed
in the last years.

Let this occasion be an outlet to send our deepest condolences to the
people of the United States. Their people are brothers and sisters of
all of us in the Americas and the rest of the world.

It is unpractical and unethical to sacrifice the human race by applying
in an insane manner the validity of a socio-economic model that has a
galloping destructive capacity. It would be suicidal to spread it and
impose it as an infallible remedy for the evils which are caused
precisely by them...............""

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