The talk of global warming, climate
change, peak oil and related dire predictions have been around for
a while but recent evidential events, like the doubling of oil prices
and record setting extreme weather, has me concerned about the future
viability and continuation of our rural life style here in northeastern
Good news for people in rural areas
is that we are in a good position to help ourselves by becoming
self sufficient or close to it. We can grow our own food, develop
our own water resources and have more choices to alternative energy
than people in cities who, unless in ideal urban setups, are at
the mercy of the infrastructure in place.
Since we are still not at the stage
of persistent rolling brown outs and black outs, my focus is water
and food. You need plenty of water to grow food. Good planning and
a little sweat will go a long ways to secure those two basics and
actual survival is assured. You won't be hungry or thirsty.
The development of real alternative
energy sources are in their infancy and products are still in the
realm of deep pocketed first adapters, not the average person. In
my opinion it is best to wait for product maturity and price drops
before committing to a system.
"Luck is what happens when preparation
meets opportunity." Seneca (5 BC - 65 AD)
"Opportunity is missed by most
because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." Thomas
"In preparing for battle I have
always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable."
Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890 - 1969)