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benEzra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-09-08 08:09 AM
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8. I think the alarmism is overstated and overly pessimistic.
The same dire predictions could have been made about Peak Coal, Peak Charcoal, Peak Wood, and going far enough back, Peak Flint.

We have wind, solar, hydro, and nuclear, plus natural gas, synfuels, and biofuels in the near term.

Case in point, France gets over 70% of their electricity from nuclear, plus some hydro and renewables. Were oil production to cease tomorrow, they could use non-fossil-fuel generated electricity to produce hydrogen for fuel. They wouldn't just revert back to the Stone Age.

Shifting away from an oil based economy won't be painless, but it is not the end of civilization. Look at it as growing pains, not a death rattle.
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  - The Oil Drum Dot Com  lostnotforgotten   Apr-08-08 09:43 PM   #2 
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  - The oil drum site is equally gloomy. n/t  Callous Taoboys   Apr-09-08 04:00 PM   #14 
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  - It's all over  SteinbachMB   Apr-09-08 07:16 AM   #7 
  - I think the alarmism is overstated and overly pessimistic.  benEzra   Apr-09-08 08:09 AM   #8 
  - You beat me to the punch. Thank you for your non-hysterical reply  ThomWV   Apr-09-08 08:14 AM   #9 
  - You Miss The Point Entirely - This Is Not A General Energy Crisis  lostnotforgotten   Apr-09-08 03:53 PM   #11 
  - Yes, there is.  benEzra   Apr-09-08 05:08 PM   #18 
     - Go Back And Check Your Facts - All These Are True, Just Not Enough  lostnotforgotten   Apr-09-08 07:14 PM   #19 
  - You may be right, but have you read any of James Kunstler's writings?  Callous Taoboys   Apr-09-08 03:59 PM   #13 
  - Yes! As Kunstler States It The Easy Motoring Lifestyle Will End  lostnotforgotten   Apr-09-08 04:12 PM   #15 
  - It's easy (and perhaps comforting) to be in denial  depakid   Apr-09-08 04:17 PM   #17 
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  - My wealthy brother is searching for farm land as I type.  Callous Taoboys   Apr-09-08 03:54 PM   #12 
 

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