Originally Posted by randyleepublic
OK, here's a real simple question: how is basing our entire civilization upon an ever-diminishing energy source, fossil fuels, sustainable? I THINK it is not. If you disagree, please explain how it possibly can be sustainable.
As I've noted before, in 1865 England's leading economist had a personal revelation that the world was about to run out of coal. He supported the notion with extensive calculations of reserves down to a mineable depth of 4,000 feet.
He was very concerned that as the coal, which was the main energy source, ran out civilization would collapse back to a "subsistence" level.
His book "The Coal Question" was published in 1865 and included the advice that it took a certain intellect to understand the issue and that it was almost a religious experience.
This is included in a piece I published in 2008. It can be Googled as "Intellectual Hysteria".
Since then the revolution in tapping into oil and gas shales is developing an extraordinary increase in energy reserves. Problem is that maniacal governments still want to push uneconomic concepts about wind turbines and solar cells.
On the later compulsion about "sustainability", relief is in sight. Governments, most everywhere have reached the limit of wealth confiscation via taxation and currency depreciation. The public is becoming aware that governments have run out of money in promoting uneconomic interventions.
In so many words, "sustainable" politics has become unsustainable economics.
The madness of government inspired nightmares is coming to an end.