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SeaGypsy wrote:If we had listened to the voice of reason in the 70's instead of letting the mega-corps take over the world, we would now be approaching Shangri-La. Instead, we let greed and short term thinking dominate and we are approaching Hell in a Handbasket.
seenmostofit wrote:SeaGypsy wrote:If we had listened to the voice of reason in the 70's instead of letting the mega-corps take over the world, we would now be approaching Shangri-La. Instead, we let greed and short term thinking dominate and we are approaching Hell in a Handbasket.
The voice of reason in the 70's (known as Boomers here in the US) gave us suburban sprawl, the expectation of infinite growth, SUVs, mortgage derivatives, ENRON, the ramping up of government services to unsustainable levels (double dipping police chiefs anyone?) and just about everything else which prevented even the chance of Shangri-La. And lets face it, Shangri-La for one group (say, peace, love and dope) isn't necessarily Shangri-La to another.
SeaGypsy wrote:Those 'boomers' who were my early teachers over 30 years ago would be most insulted to be blamed for the collective folly of their generation.
SeaGypsy wrote:I don't buy the generation blame game.
SeaGypsy wrote:The average IQ is 100 and it's possessor is highly susceptible to programming by those more intelligent and or powerful. If a psychopath convinces a bunch of dumbos to kill his mother, where lies culpability?
vision-master wrote:Shorty......... lsol
PEOPLE have fretted about when the world's oil will start to run out ever since M. King Hubbert came up with the idea of "peak oil" back in the 1950s. The American geologist, who worked for Shell, pointed out that we are destined to reach a moment when oil production stops rising and goes into terminal decline. With it, the era of cheap oil that fuelled the post-war economic boom would end. The idea still provokes great debate, and many forecasters are predicting that global production will peak by the end of this decade as supplies dwindle.
Now there is a different view. A small number of analysts forecast that oil production will start to fall by 2020 - not because we are running out, but because we just won't need it.
They argue that the world will wean itself off oil voluntarily, through major advances in vehicle technology. Peak oil will not be a supply-side phenomenon brought about by shrinking reserves, but by motorists buying electric cars and conventional cars with highly efficient engines. If they are right, this shift will start the long-term transition from oil to electricity as the main transport fuel, reduce economies' vulnerability to spikes in the oil price, and cap greenhouse emissions from crude oil.
It is a bold prediction. Could it be right?
He made a perfectly reasonable analogy. Electricity is still dependent on fossil fuels. I don't see how EV's will ever make a difference until we lay the infrastructure first. That means hundreds of thousands of public charging stations (or better yet battery switchout stations from Better Place and Testa) and suitable power delivery along thousands of miles interstates and to rural agriculture and mining areas.TheAntiDoomer wrote:More hand waving from you huh pops? It's funny anytime a doom article comes out you scream from the rooftops, but when someone makes a concise case for a BAU future, you simply hand wave it away cause it doesnt say what you want.
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