Originally Posted by mrvideo
And just how is the crude going to be refined? Again, that will need people who know how to do that. The current refineries need electron flow to make them work.
The show's bible seems to leave all of this stuff alone.
We just have to keep watching to see what they have, and have not.
The thing is, industries like pumping and refining oil, steelwork and various craftsmen trades tend to get passed down from generation to generation. You work in oil because your daddy did and his daddy did and on down the chain.
There's always stories about grandpa or great grandpa about how they did things "back in the day". The people performing the labor on this stuff aren't stupid. Most of them know more about the process than just turning valves and hitting switches. They don't just know that the process works, they know why it works. Most of them can naturally caculate pressures and volume better than the average high priced private university student because their safety depends on it. Those are the guys you watch and stick to like glue, because when they run, there's a reason to run and there's no time to ask what the reason is.
Guys who work steel can tell you exactly how much strength a steel girder has per linear foot based on thickness and such. A woodworker can tell you exactly the right wood for any application. People who pump and refine oil know exactly how it could be done if electricity went away.
Heck, even the movie industry would likely be back up and running using windup mechanical cameras and projectors using magnesium or some other non-electric high intensity light source. Instead of TV and radio, Victrolas would come back in vogue with mechnically produced records.
Yes, a good number of people dependent on cities would be toast. The stores would be looted in a matter of days (even those selling electronics). There would be plenty of victims of lawlessness.
The smart ones would get out of there and head to friends and family in more suburban and rural areas where it would be practical to grow your own food, composte waste and be away from the stink of the dead. Suddenly, that useless electric water heater becomes a boiler for some mechanical device. The bicycle you ride around on gets used to create mechanical energy for some household task each evening.
In the summer, people would actually get to know their neighbors when the heat drives them out on to the front porch to cool off in the evening.
I get that the writer's vision of this show doesn't have that happening, but I fear it's not out of creativity so much as budget that has the population trudging about with swords and bows and arrows. Likewise, it's easier to just not show this stuff and subscribe to the human nature portrayed in Robocop. Plus, it's easier to not try to show people being clever with limited resources.
I'm also betting that train will be portrayed as running on coal or wood instead of oil, which would be unlikely in reality. By the mid 1900's, nearly all usable steam engines had been converted to oil (or built with oil burners to begin with) due to the expense of running with coal or wood. The wood and coal engines of any size would likely be museum pieces that are pretty on the outside, but rusted out hulks on the inside.Edited by NetworkTV - 10/12/12 at 6:30am