Today's N&R reports that NC revenues are off $71 million for the ending fiscal year.
Another story relates how due to high gas prices and credit card fees, a Roseboro store will stop pumping gas. I heard on the radio that vendors are demanding cash for the same reason.
It is only a matter of time before we begin to see stories about outlying areas losing distribution of beer and cigarettes. God forbid they should stop delivering groceries.
Welcome to the Peak Oil Economy. You ain't gonna like it. Rising property taxes, a curtailment of infrastructure and the necessities of life are forcing the far flung to leave. I hate to say that Kunstler was right, but we may see the return of feudalism in these places. Survival may very well come to depend on employment and protection by the local land owner. Areas between cities may become vast lawless wastelands, fit for travel only by well-armed groups.
I'm not saying the road to Stenchville will be closed. But this time next year, I wouldn't want to be on the highway at night in rural eastern North Carolina.
Tonight, when you rise from your sleep to visit the bathroom and get a drink of water, take a look out your window. Now, imagine that view without the street lights. That's your Peak Oil Economy and you'd better prepare to deal with it.