Friday, February 14, 2014
You're Gonna Use What for Fuel?
I hafta say I still get a chuckle at those who proclaim an area as the most suitable survival location by looking at population as the most important aspect. Never mind water, annual temperatures/rainfall, growing season or any of that unimportant stuff.
Hello McFly those areas are probably sparsely populated for a reason. Did ya ever think of that?
It's almost as silly as living in a man made climate area but that's a different post all together.
Now before anyone get's all mad and foaming at the mouth let me say I am sure that every region in this great continent of North America has spot(s) that are perfect for survival. I am in no way implying they suck and your gonna die if you live there. But keep in mind those spots are already more than likely taken and if you have to carve your own little niche out I would assume it's best to go where the good land is the most abundant.
So today I wanna talk resources once again. Yep Resources have been on my mind a lot of late more so than usual and by looking around at other blogs they been on other minds as well. As they should be. Today I want to talk about specific resources otherwise known as fuel.
With bitter cold keeping most of the US in it's icy grip, propane and other fuel prices have skyrocketed. I can attest that another excuse given by the fuel companies is at least somewhat true. It was indeed a wet harvest, at least around here, and my neighbors did run their grain dryers non-stop this Fall and early Winter.
Of course firewood has been on many people's minds as well as propane and that lead me to think about the availability of wood across the country. In doing a bit of digging I found the map above.
Oh my. That paints a little bit different picture than a simple satellite shot of lights at night doesn't it?
By looking at that map I would say that 10, 20, 30 years after a lights out/grid down situation one of those old satellites will take a picture that still shows more lights in some areas and little to none in others.
Because there won't be any friggin trees to burn to make light...
Now I don't know about you. Maybe you found the perfect spot that has a naturally self pumping, endless natural gas outlet or maybe you have adapted a geyser into a power set up. I wish I was that smart. Personally I am counting on wood as my go to fuel of choice in a grid down situation so I am thinking one of those dark green spots on the map above is looking pretty good right now.
Just brainstorming here though your mileage may vary.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!