Private Video: Chris Martenson’s Presentation at the Gold & Silver Meeting in Madrid on Nov 16, 2011

30 Nov

This is a pretty amazing video.  While we are bombarded with propaganda and politicians telling us everything is going to be OK if we just go about our business and keeping buying stuff, Chris Martenson is out there collecting real data that proves the propaganda is very very far from the truth.

Watch this video for 1 man’s theories and opinions of what is to come for Planet Earth and humans in the coming 20 years.

* Note: You’ll need about 1 hour to see the whole thing including the question period at the end.

Here’s the video:!

Here’s the official video description taken from Youtube:


In this video Chris Martenson, economic analyst at and author of ‘The Crash Course’, explains why he thinks that the coming 20 years are going to look completely unlike the last 20 years. In his presentation he focuses on the so-called three “Es”: Economy, Energy and Environment. He argues that at this point in time it is no longer possible to view either one of those topics separately from one another.

Since all our money is loaned onto existence, our economy has to grow exponentially. Martenson proves this point empirically by showing a 99.9% fit of the actual growth curve of the last 40 years to an exponential curve. If we wanted to continue on this path, our debt load would have to double again over the next 10 years. By continually increasing our debt relative to GDP we are making the assumption that our future will always be wealthier than our past. He believes that this assumption is flawed and that the debt loads are already unmanageable.

Martenson explains how exponential growth works and why it is so scary that our economy is based on it. In an example he illustrates how unimaginably fast things speed up towards the end of an exponential curve. He shows that an exponential chart can be found in every one of the three “E’s” for instance in GDP growth, oil production, water use or species extinction. Due to the natural limitations on resources, Martenson comes to the conclusion that we are facing a serious energy crisis.

This energy predicament is namely that the quantity of oil as well as the quality of oil are in decline. He shows that oil discoveries peaked in 1964 and oil production peaked 40 years later. Martenson also shows how our return on invested energy is rapidly declining — the “cheap and easy” oil fields have already been exploited. In 1930 the energy return for oil was 100:1 or greater. Today it is already down to 3:1 and newer technologies such as corn-based ethanol only provide a 1.5:1 return. Martenson predicts that the time in between oil shocks will get shorter and shorter and that oil prices will go much higher.

Not only oil but also other natural resources are being rapidly used up as well. At the current projected pace of use, known reserves for many metals and minerals will be gone within the next 10 to 20 years. The energy needed to get these non-renewable resources out of the ground is growing exponentially. So we live in a world that must grow, but can’t grow and is subject to depletion. The conclusion out of all this is that our money system is poorly designed and that we need to rethink how we do things as quickly as possible.

After finishing his presentation Chris Martenson answers questions regarding a rise in efficiency, alternative technologies and oil prices. He also responds to questions regarding electricity, shale gas, gold, silver, platinum, palladium, and uranium and the race for global resources.

This video was recorded on November 16 at the Gold & Silver Meeting 2011 in Madrid.

2 Responses to “Private Video: Chris Martenson’s Presentation at the Gold & Silver Meeting in Madrid on Nov 16, 2011”

  1. Molahano R December 29, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    This is pretty much the scariest video I have seen. A lot of people who don’t know this information are going to get really hurt when all this starts coming true.

    If you know this information and use it properly you can come out on the right side of history here.

    Have you heard about Mike Dillard’s Elevation Group? They talk about this stuff and how to come out ahead in these very turbulent economic times.

    • laurent January 13, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

      Thanks for your comment Molahano. I am actually a member of the Elevation Group too. Good to see you here on my personal blog. Please spread the word.

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