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GliderGuider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-28-06 02:53 PM
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10. My work with large systems has taught me one thing
The probability of introducing massive change into a brittle, highly interconnected system without crashing it are extremely low.

Worse, by substituting oil with a large array of renewable energy sources, alternative technologies and processes, we will be increasing the complexity and interdependence of our civilization and its processes, just at a time when we can least afford that. The problem is much more complicated than just having "enough energy". Our civilization was build to run on oil. Trying to re-jig all our processes to run on something else will be like pouring vegetable oil into your car's gas tank - the energy is there, but the system isn't designed to use it, and breakdowns will occur.

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