Denver, CO, August 17, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- The American homeowner is in trouble. He innocently depends on a myriad of fragile inter-dependent systems that support our housing infrastructure. He takes for granted the flip of a light switch, the turning of a faucet, the casual flush of a toilet, and the comforting roar of a basement gas furnace.
However, all of that convenience depends on hundreds of thousands of miles of aging gas, water, and sewer pipelines inter connected to a fragile and undercapitalized national electrical grid fed by fossil fuels and uranium that are rapidly approaching the point of peak production. Once these resources begin to “Peak”, we will all be forced to adjust to their relentless and irreversible decline. Monthly heating oil bills that equal the mortgage payment are just the first canary in the coal mine.
World oil production peaked in 2005 and we are currently in a production plateau. Even if we open ANWR and the outer continental shelf to drilling now, it will only produce a small blip in U.S. production around the year 2020.
Natural gas production in N. American will peak around 2010 and we will not be able to make up the shortfall with either arctic gas or imported liquid natural gas.
40% of the uranium used worldwide for power generation comes from decommissioned Soviet era warheads. Russia will shut that program down in 2013, and the production of mined uranium world wide is expected to peak by 2025.
Coal is America's most abundant energy resource, but due to the depletion of our high energy coal deposits, we have already peaked in the U.S. based on the annual energy content produced. Production of coal is expected to peak world wide by 2030, and Chinese demand has already caused unprecedented price increases.
It will take 2 to 3 decades to replace fossil fuel and uranium energy inputs with renewable sources like geothermal, wave energy, solar, and wind. Shortages of energy, food, and major power blackouts will be common occurrences during this transition period.
America's 120 existing housing units will desperately need to be converted to a much higher energy standard.
"CHILL in the Living Room" portrays America's fragile housing infrastructure in detail and offers homeowners real world strategies that they can use to prepare for the coming painful transition from a fossil fuel dependent world to a more sustainable and renewable energy future.