Before I begin today’s post, one SHTFblog reader wrote that he’s looking for the best deal on a 6500-8000 watt generator and wanted reader input. Quality and price are both important. If you have thoughts, please post them in the comments section.
You think gas and oil is expensive now? Well, today Tata Motors, Inc. of India is introducing their new, ultra-cheap car. Of course, they’re only the first to do what every other auto-maker is hoping to do, build a really cheap car for the rapidly emerging middle-class in China and India. Billions of people, SHTF homies – BILLIONS!
Tata’s new car will roll off car lots for ONLY $2,500! How can this be done? Well, it’s small, has a hollowed out steering-wheel shaft, a tiny trunk, one windshield wiper, no power steering, no radio, and a rear-mounted engine that’s not much bigger than that of a riding lawn mower. At these costs it’ll almost certainly fail U.S. and European safety and emission standards – viva la global warming! But Tata doesn’t care, they’re marketing to people in India.
This ride will have a top speed of 75 mph, but drive it too long at that speed and you’ll quickly wear out the cheap wheel bearings that are strong enough for 45 mph, but not beyond that. Reducing the car’s weight allowed them to use a smaller engine with 30-35 horsepower.
What does all of this have to do with SHTF? More people, more cars, more petroleum consumption, higher prices on everything, death, mayhem, AND destruction! Well . . . maybe not quite, but with everyone in third would countries seeking a U.S. standard of living, it just can’t happen. If the entire population consumed as much as the average American it’d take the resources of 2.5 Earths. Combine this with predictions that over the next 25 years, global population is expected to grow by another 2 BILLION. There simply isn’t enough to go around, something, someone, HAS to give.
Prepare for a decline in the American standard of living. Be prepared to go with less. Lower your materialistic desires. Anything you can do to decrease your reliance on fossil fuels should be embraced for your own financial health, the environment’s health and your SHTF preparations.
As a side note, tensions with Iran continue to heat up, see here.
– Ranger Man