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In the Crash Course we will learn a few foundational Key Concepts. None is more important than exponential growth. Understanding this will greatly enhance our chances to form a better future.

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Este capítulo sobre el pico del petróleo es trascendental. Recordarán que en el Capítulo 3 dije que vincularíamos los componentes de la sigla “EEMA”. Por el momento vamos a vincular Economía y Energía. Se trata de uno de los capítulos más importantes del Crash Course y deseo reconocer públicamente mi deuda con los cientos de estudiosos que, con suma dedicación y paciencia, fueron reuniendo los datos aquí presentados y trabajaron sin descanso para avanzar en la comprensión del papel que desempeña la energía en nuestras vidas. Rindo aquí homenaje a esas y a muchas otras fuentes.

La energía es la sangre que da vida a cualquier economía. Pero cuando una economía se basa en un sistema monetario de deudas exponenciales y al mismo tiempo necesita para funcionar un suministro también exponencial de energía, la oferta existente de dicha energía exige la mayor atención.

Si nos detenemos en el consumo de energía en Usamérica, representado aquí por este gráfico del Departamento de Energía, veremos que el petróleo representa más del 50% de nuestra energía anual. Si se consideran juntos el petróleo y el gas natural, ese porcentaje alcanza y sobrepasa el 75% de nuestra energía, calculada en cuatrillones de BTU, es decir, de British Thermal Units o unidades térmicas británicas, que representan la cantidad de energía necesaria para elevar un grado Fahrenheit la temperatura de una libra de agua en condiciones atmosféricas normales.

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Energy is the lifeblood of any economy. But when an economy is based on an exponential debt-based money system that is itself based on exponentially increasing energy supplies, the supply of that energy deserves our very highest attention.

Oil is a miracle, working tirelessly in the background to make our lives easy beyond historical measure. Oil represents over 50% of US total yearly energy use, while oil and natural gas together represent over 75%. How easily could we replace the role of oil in our style of consumer-led, growth based economy? Not very.

Peak Oil is simply a fact. Peak Oil is NOT synonymous with “running out of oil.” But the most urgent issue before us does not lie with identifying the precise moment of Peak Oil. What we need to be most concerned with is the day that world petroleum demand outstrips available supply. It is at that moment that the oil markets will change forever - and probably quite suddenly.