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Michael Klare writes: "If we don't abandon a belief that unrestricted growth is our inalienable birthright and embrace the genuine promise of renewable energy (with the necessary effort and investment that would make such a commitment meaningful), the future is likely to prove grim indeed. Then, the history of energy, as taught in some late twenty-first-century university, will be labeled: How to Wreck the Planet 101."

Times Square, New York City. (photo: Mike Goldberg/flickr)
Times Square, New York City. (photo: Mike Goldberg/flickr)

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+9 # Kayjay 2011-06-07 19:13
Sadly, the decades have ticked by since the initial Earth Day. And our concern for and attitude toward our environment resembles that of the 1950s. As cited above, cheap easy energy sources are disappearing fast. Thus we must change our ways. Number one goal must be controlling human population growth. We cannot have our numbers growing exponentially and demanding more and more power......fore ver. The global aspiration to live like Americans is bad for the planet.
+9 # carsten byrn 2011-06-08 01:07
What a mismanaged world!

The Americans behave like an immature
teenager, driving a Lamborghini on the
highway, without a drivinglicense.

Too much power and too little brain.
+7 # Chris sircello 2011-06-08 03:57
So true. If you've ever watched graphs and the stock market, check out the population graph- we're ready for a huge pullback.
+3 # futhark 2011-06-08 12:52
Humanity as a whole operates in the same way a bacterium in a dog turd does...consume as much of the available resources as fast as possible and reproduce as abundantly as you can. But then bacteria don't have any fantasies about an "after-life" of unlimited dog-turd consumption, do they?
0 # poosta7 2011-06-09 09:55
Metastatic cancer is anOTHER excample of unrestricted and unlimited growth. In a world of normal cells (your body) they follow two rules to be a "citizen" cell in their world: 1. divide aboud 30 times then die and 2. contact op growing when you pressure your neighbors.
Cancer cells don't follow either law and overconsume and kill the world where they live (i.e. you)
0 # fredboy 2011-06-10 12:25
We are Popeye's Wimpy, consuming until we burst.

And none seem wise enough to realize most "shortages" are parlayed to raise the value, ie the price, of the "limited" and, of course, "essential" resources.

This is straight out of basic texts on influence and persuasion.

0 # Paul Randal 2011-06-10 15:54
Nukes are the answer LFTR's to be precise. Not the deadly antique reactors in operation today that should be shut down ASAP. In their place we need to build new reactors with modern designs, with passive cooling that uses single fuel cycles that can also "burn" and dispose of existing nuclear waste.

That will solve all these problems including water, nuclear waste disposal, the high cost of fuel and the political ramifications of buying it from despots, and global warming caused by the burning of fossil fuels.

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