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Oil-Past, Present-Future?:

“Ever increasing cost per barrel oil prices indicate to some that ‘the market will fix it’. Others maintain that ‘the market’, hammered in the 80s by low prices, failed to anticipate the surge in demand, then stagnated and didn’t invest into infrastructure and now that we are in the 21st century with three billion more people all wanting to become middle class, the question is asked-is this possible? Is it even credible to think there exists enough oil and that the infrastructure can handle it? Are we already at peak possible production? This author thinks so, and doesn’t see any possible significant production increases until possibly 2009, because the additional drilling rigs, pipelines, refineries and crews needed to keep up with increasing demand just don’t exit, let alone any good new fields to exploit.”

My real interest in all of this lies in the question of how the Church is going to be effected and will respond to this apparent macro-economic trend.

So far I’ve only had a few ideas. I think that travel will become less common. People will be less willing to drive to attend a meeting. But they may be willing to participate in a conference call or in a video conference. That’s part of the reason I worked on creating a video system for our diocese. It’s one of the ways that I can think of to encourage more folks to participate in the governance of the church without asking them to spend an inordinate amount of time or money.

On the other hand, local groups (like theater, symphony, etc.) will probably see a resurgence because folks won’t be traveling to attend performances.

Any one else think of something church related?


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Episcopal bishop, dad, astronomer, erstwhile dancer...