For years there is a one concept that is going around my head and I think that I want to share it with people who actually live in the region. Actually I would expand the argument on the central USA that has problems with tornados as well as Caribbean islands. Also I would like to keep global warming out of this thread since that is not what I am asking.
Ok so here is the concept. As you all probably know the world is running out of oil and production seems to be somewhere around the peak. (same is with Uranium)
On the other hand the Southeastern USA and some surrounding regions are constantly hit by cyclones , violent storms , tropical storms , hurricanes .... etc. and this is basically going since ever.
Now the problems is that when those two problems overleap that could create a serious consequences for Southeastern USA and USA in general on the long run.
The problems is that many of the renewable energy sources are quite fragile : solar and wind energy especially. What suggest that once the oil is gone or gone for the most part there will be power shortages in this part of the world.
Since this constant storms and high winds will be constantly destroying the fragile power plants. On the other hand you cant expect that a few nuclear power plants and dams in the region will cover the production off all energy/fuel needed for the american way of life. Not to mention the extra energy needed for repairing and rebuilding the damage made by storms.
The truth is that you could help yourself with the coal but that creates additional problems. Because in that case you would need to rise your coal consumption for a huge amount/number. (multiple time increase) What will greatly reduce the quality of both air and life. Especially since the new power plants will have to be built closer to the settlements to reduce the power loses. Plus a lot of energy will be spent on mining and transportation of coal. So the coal consumption might go up as high as 10 times. (in theory)
Another problems would be a social one. The quality of air in major cities would turn in to something that would look like many cities in modern China. What will then greatly boost the healthcare cost. Pushing many people over the financial edge. Also the rich people that are often the most well educated people might decide that they will try their luck in some other part of the country or abroad. What then creates the spiral of social downfall since most of knowledge and intelligence will move out. Mass movements are also possible in this scenario.
But make no mistake even the coal is just a quick fix that cant last on the long run.
So the last option that is left are bio fuels. But this option also has a serious problem. The most of crops for growth highly depend upon chemicals that are made of oil. Plus more bio fuels directly means less food. (and probably much higher prices) Not to mention that many countries depend upon American crops as their stabile food supply. (and they return the favor with cheap goods, resources .... or something). So there is not way that under these conditions this can be the primary energy source. Especially since the production also take plenty of energy. Another problem is that you could get another heat/drought wave like the one this year. Which would destroy most of your potential power supply as well as food that would be hard to replenish from other/far regions.
What in the end rises a serious question about how will you power the civilization in your corner of the world ?
Importing power from other parts of the county is not an option as well. Since losses will simply be too large and others will probably have not too mach energy as well.
The obvious example of potential problems could be the New Orleans disaster from the few years back. The trick is that the city was salvaged exactly because there was plenty of energy to do it. But if a storm makes city uninhabitable and destroys most of your power supplies it will take quite some time to repair things and return everything to normal. (if ever) Plus this disruption would brake the business cycles completely. Making them hard to return where they were. Not to mention that the economic consequences will be felt far far away from disaster zone.
Basically all of this would mean the every part of the globe that has frequent violent storms is at risk of social collapse because of the named reasons.
(major cities included)
So, is this truly a ticking time bomb no one is thinking about ?