Couldn’t resist a literary reference here, but that’s essentially the message of Richard Heinberg’s essay “Katrina, New Orlean and Peak Oil” posted at Global Public Media. Two weeks ago, it would’ve been easy to characterize Heinberg’s observations as over the top; now, as we watch the devastation down South, and recognize the role that New Orleans plays in our national energy infrastructure, I have to wonder if we shouldn’t start preparing for radical changes. While I don’t expect the US to devolve into the kind of chaos described in The Long Emergency, clearly we’ve reached a critical point and don’t have much time to dither. A lot of you pay closer attention to the peak oil concept than I do — what do you think? Has the storm pushed us to a point of no return…? Or is that question itself over the top?