removes the requirement for exponential growth and that we come to understand that more sustainable living is the only way
to move forward till realistic energy solutions (things like fusion, solar and wind power) are ready to play a bigger part in our society.
Nice article pdwyer, i just want to add some thoughts about the new 'energy solutions'.
I don't think we have solutions for our energy problems. It could even be reverse, the new
so called 'solutions' make new problems:
Everybody in the world thinks now wind energy is a solution. It is called "clean energy".
I think it is a little bit short-sighted. The energy does not come out of nowhere, it is just
converted. So what we actually do is changing the weather on earth. We take the energy
out of the wind and convert it to electric energy to operate our electronic toys.
"Taking the energy out of the wind" is the important thing here. More wind energy farms
all over the world, more changes in weather. Clouds don't move the same if the wind has
less energy, so it affects rain distribution on earth too.
It is the same with geothermal energy. We take geothermal energy for heating and asgeothermal electricity
. We take heat out of the earth and bring it to the ground level.
Maybe it is not as worse as burning fossil fuels, but i think geothermal energy exploitation
and wind energy farms are not the final solution. They might seems so good today and
100 or 200 years later we see weird effects we didn't think about before.
Instead backpedal and re-think the situation we invent more and more new technologies
and make more problems for ourselves.
The best solution would be to radically cut down energy consumption, but how many people can live without TV
and smartphones? How many people are willing to give up their comfortable car and ride a bicycle again?
I think we need more changes. Living in smaller communities/villages and plant food locally instead
going to supermarket and buy banana from countries 10.000 kilometers afar.
We need to re-learn to live along with nature, not against it.
Will great ape change by choice and give up on many toys and their standard of living? I doubt it.
EDIT: 2 pictures to visualize why we face those problems today: