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Sunday, May 28, 2006

Hudson Valley transformation

I have just spent the larger part of this long weekend in the Hudson valley. More specifically the Area of Germantown. Since I have been taking this class I have been looking at the world much more, as how would it be after a peak oil crash. This Germantown area was mainly farm territory. You still see a lot of the remainders of these farms, but many of them are being broken up and the land is being sold is small little portions to build houses.
It has made me think that the longer we go on the more difficult it will become to transfer away from oil once the peak has happened. Not only is the U.S. not trying to make any transformations, they are continuing their destructive path. Not only is it in the cities with their concrete jungles, but now the small areas are starting to be broken down and making it more difficult as well.
For the example of Germantown the area had a small population where families already had diverse farms, with vegetables, and chickens, and more everyone was in a close region so that if they did need something they could travel a short distance to get it. Now the land is being made more expensive so the old farms can no longer afford the mortgage, or rent. So the land is being broken up into small houses, that people from the cities are turning into suburbs. So now once peak oil starts there will be much less land for the families, and less area for food for those people as well.
In the mid west and south now there is also a booming population rate. With air conditioning and new irrigation systems people are able to make little paradises, in regions that ,before all that technology, people would not have found appealing at all. So now we have created an even larger area that was never really able to hold a large amount of people.
However we start preparing for peak oil it needs to include a way to not just change our energy use, but the places we have been spread out around the country.


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