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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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