I wonder how Dr. Isaacs (Ph.D. sociology, CCNY) would classify her own apocalyptic prediction. What else would you call a claim that U.S. policy would strangle the nation's energy sector and then turn to totalitarian nations like China for relief?
Look at the numbers. Since 2010 (the year of the Macondo well blowout), domestic oil production has risen from below 8 to 14 million barrels per day. Natural gas production has boomed as well. This is strangling the nation's energy sector?
There is reason to doubt her assessment of the Xhosa tribe's trouble as well. In 1854, a sickness began to run through the Xhosa cattle. It was thought to have come from settlers' cattle. There was a girl who claimed spirits had told her all the Xhosa cattle and corn should be destroyed. But this can hardly be called apocalyptic, for it was to magically usher in a horde of new cattle, more beautiful than the old, along with abundant corn and renewed health for the Xhosa people, while the whites would vanish. There is some reason to suspect the Xhosa chief, Sarhili, instigated these prophecies as a means to rouse his people against the hated whites who were encroaching on their lands.
When the destruction ended in 1858, some 400,000 head of cattle had been killed and 40,000 people had starved. The Xhosa today number 8 million. Reports of their apocalypse have been greatly exaggerated.