Brief notes while reading The Transition Handbook – on men and oil

An average american consumes 2 barrils of oil per month:

One barrel is equivalent to 10.000 hours of human labour.

So, each american would need to work 20.000 hours per month, or, 27 hours per day, no weekends. Wait a minute…..doesn’t a day have only 24 hours?!

So, how did my grandgrandfather lived only with his own work, and still, fed 5 children? Ok, he had help of a couple of horses or so….But, really, the use of oil as fuel made us believe we could have infinite energy.

We’re really waaay out of energy and material capabilites we should attain to. We don’t sustain ourselves as a species. We should urgently get more with less.


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