Re: [carfree_cities] Digest Number 1310
- Richard Risemberg replied to an earlier post from J.H. Crawford:
> >Be careful what you wish for...in the old days it was called "coal gas,"Indeed. Coal, regardless of the form it is found in or converted to,
> >because that's what it was made from. And the preferred mining
> >technology these days is, of course, open pit, with its attendant
> >effects on habitat, health, and water.
is an ugly mess at every step of the way.
...and Crawford said:
> What I'm wishing for is energy derived entirely from sustainableThis is, quite simply, an "or else" situation. Human civilization
> sources. Coal gas was one of the filthiest fuels ever, and was
> most certainly not sustainable. We need, eventually, to end our
> consumption of fossil fuels entirely. Sooner is better than later.
will either find ways to power itself with sustainable energy, *or
else* civilization will prove unsustainable.
As we all know, there are lots of options out there. However, the
evidence to date suggests that none of the sustainable choices are
likely to provide abundant, cheap energy for six-going-on-ten billion
people seeking modern western standards of living, as those standards
are currently understood. We're going to have to confront both
population growth and our notion of endless economic growth -- along
with our penchant for gluttonous consumption. That confrontation
entails dealing with some rather difficult issues.
One expects that the fact that global industrial capitalism is
inherently incompatible with the long-term survival of civilization
will continue to be difficult for many to assimilate.
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