Some commentators on the human species and the idea of peak oil have been known to compare us to bacteria such as yeast, which will efficiently turn the sugar in a container of grape juice into alcohol…wiping out their own chances at survival. Not too smart!
Being a crazy idealist, I think humans will do better on this planet. But when you look at our behavior in the Arctic, you have to wonder. Harpers magazine had a nice piece on the upcoming war over oil in the Arctic (which Canada claims, and the US expects to get) but I can’t link, because it’s subscriber’s only. But Tom Toles in a brief sketch made essentially the same point today, in about 2500 fewer words.