Scientists have been warning us for decades about the very real and likely consequences of climate change, but there are still large elements within our society that refuse to acknowledge the problem. If the world can’t wean itself off of oil, will the future look like the one depicted in the latest Mad Max: Fury Road trailer? One can only hope.
What’s this got to do with green cars? Nothing and everything when you really think about it. For the most part this is just-another-Hollywood-blockbuster where people still find time to be sexy in a post-apocalyptic wasteland and huge explosions are just par for course. That said, the classic tunes chosen for the soundtrack take me back to lonely days playing on my computer, Classical Thunder deafening me as I shot/slashed my way through whatever game I was playing at the time.
Beyond that though, is it really that difficult to picture a world where our primary energy source is tapped, and there’s no replacement? Mad Max is the worst-case-scenario personified, because if the world fails to smoothly transition from one energy source to another, civil unrest, scarcity of food, and even war could be fought over the last remaining sources of oil (if we don’t choke on all the emissions first).
It’s not just oil governments will go to war over. Water, clean air, and living space are all growing concerns for people around the world, even those that refuse to acknowledge a problem exists. If the world doesn’t mend its fossil fuel-burning ways, a future not unlike Mad Max might be waiting for us all.