I’m now seeing prices spiking higher. In 2008, I see the year ending with prices ranging from around $4.30 to $4.70 in some areas of the nation for regular unleaded. After a light dip in September 2008, the prices will steadily climb again. By 2010, I see prices around $5+/gal. I see prices staying in the $5+/gal range for most of the 2010’s. $5/gal is not a cealing though and there will be times it finds it’s way to $6 /gal and over. We will never see $3+/gal again after it leaves this range this year and next – meaning there will be some dropping of prices in some areas back down below the $4/gal line, in 2009, but after mid 2009, it will never go back below $4 again.
The spike I see in the first half of the 2010 decade, now looks like it will be just over $7/gal.
We will see vehicles stranded on the sides of roads because they will not have money to pay for gas.
Any changes we can make now in our lives will help us down the road, whether it be towards hybrid cars, adaptations to engines to run more efficiently, smaller cars, bicycles, moving closer to work, motorcycles, propane powered vehicles, and other ideas will help. (What are your solutions?)
If you’re thinking this is fear-inducing, you may be right, but it won’t be my predicting this here, now, that brings this about. I’m offering this as a siting of what I’m seeing down the road and around the corner. I’m hoping to give people a head’s up to what I see coming down the pike.
Mid June 2008: Again, I’m not seeing any relief in sight for Texas for July and August of 2008. It is going to be dry and hot. No rain of any significance is going to come. There will be a few spots in Texas that will get a little. The northern area of the state will have the best chance – the panhandle and near Oklahoma. The Gulf Coast will be windy, but not any helpful amount of rain during these two months. Central and South Texas will be nothing but hot and dry. The temperatures will regularly be 90-109.
The crops will suffer greatly. Farmers will be devastated in some areas of Texas and will need help. Emergency measures will need to be put in place for many farmers in Texas. Texas’ water levels will not recover from this for many years to come. There will be some recovery from this water shortage beginning in the late summer of 2010 and will get better leading up to 2013, but will never recover completely. This will be what contributes to the water crisis in Texas that the elected officials will have to face in the mid 2010’s on.
My recommendation: people need to start working on gardening, rain collection systems, and self-sustainability. Individual efforts will help because the price of water is going to go up, the prices of vegetables are going to go up, and the costs of living are going to go up. Not just because of gas prices going up, still more, but because of the heat and water problems. It will almost be very much like the dust bowls of the 1930’s except for the locations. We won’t reach the level of problems as they did in the Great Depression, but it will come close.
If anyone would like me to address other states, just let me know.
In the Bible, Joseph interpreted a dream for the pharoah, of 7 fat years preceding 7 lean years. The pharoah took steps to prepare and helped many people through those 7 lean years. My predicting this will not bring it about. It is already set in place to happen. It’s time to prepare and pray.
It’s not hard for anyone to see the writing on the wall with the Midwest flooding. It’s here and it’s real. The bad news is that it’s about to go from bad to worse.
There will be some stabilizing during the summer of 2008. It’s not going to get much worse quickly. It won’t be getting better either. The water is going to continue at the levels we’ve been seeing during the 1st half of 2008.
Beginning in November, 2008, the rains will start up again, but this time, it’s not going to stop. The rains will continue on through to March/April 2009. This is the “worse” I spoke of. The flooding that is happening now is cresting and will not get worse during the 2008 summer and early fall, but when the winter comes, the deluge will to.
This is what I’m seeing as possible and highly probable. I’ve always believed that the future can change because of prayer and meditation. I know this to be true. For those that will pray for the midwest, the midwest will be helped by those prayers. Some of this can be changed. It will always depend on how much prayer and meditation comes.