Shortages! Is The World Really Running Out Of Food, Water And Oil?
Everywhere you look today the mainstream news is talking about shortages. Authorities all over the globe are boldly proclaiming that the world is rapidly running out of food, water and oil. So are these doomsayers right? Well, it must be noted that some of the most famous “prophets of doom” of the past several decades have seen their predictions fail spectacularly. For example, in his infamous 1968 book entitled “The Population Bomb”, Paul Ehrlich made the following statement: “I don’t see how India could possibly feed two hundred million more people by 1980.” Well, India is now feeding well over twice the number of people than they had when Ehrlich originally wrote his book. But that doesn’t mean that major shortages won’t happen in the future. It just means that we should be careful not to look incredibly ridiculous like Ehrlich did. The truth is that there are good reasons why we should be watching global supplies of food, water and oil very closely. Life as we know it would cease to exist if we had severe shortages of any of them.
So will we actually be facing serious shortages of food, water or oil in the coming years?
Well, let’s take a look at oil first.