Monday, May 30, 2011

Pleasant Side Effect of Peak Oil: No Junk Mail

I like to follow Chris Martenson's website.  Chris believes that the next twenty years will be very different from the previous twenty years, and he incorporates this theme into much of the content on his site.  You have to pay a fee to view some of his content, but I find the free information to be informative and useful.  His Crash Course explains to us the situation we face quite nicely.

In the Daily Digest of May 30th, 2011, I came across a piece about the United States Postal Service (USPS) collapsing written by Jo Borras.  Apparently the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has warned that the USPS needed to be restructured in 2009 and again in 2010.  The first thing the GAO suggests cutting:  benefits and compensation through retirements, early retirements, and lower benefits cost.  The USPS employees may not like this idea.  Also if you consider that the government will hit the debt ceiling this month, one can see how the USPS's days may be numbered.

Borras writes about green technology on his site, and he writes this article from an environmental perspective.  Borras writes about how if the USPS disappears then junk mail will disappear along with it.  Borras writes about the energy and resources we waste on junk mail, and it simply does not make sense. I'm sure we waste quite a bit of energy and resources on things like junk mail; things that exist to help promote consumption or exist for our convenience. 

It's easy to get down when you think about how far civilization can fall and everything we can lose.  However it's important to keep in mind that everything we lose should be considered a loss; I will not miss junk mail!

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