Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Some more Wolcott pessimism

It scares me, but there's a lot to be worried about, right around the corner. I'm not quite as pessimistic as Wolcott or Kunstler about the "techno-hubris" of our culture. I still think that there are innovative possiblities for some salvation that aren't just naive fantasies. For example, one study on biodiesel proposes using algae ponds in the middle of the desert, which wouldn't force a choice between food and fuel. Nuclear pebble-bed reactors are another option, as are some the the new nanotech solar panels. All of these technologies can be integrated into our current infrastructure. However, it will take awareness and leadership to get any of these things going without too much pain. Which is where chicken littles like Wolcott and Kunstler come in. Now, as far as leaders...



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