[FoRK] "What did the president know and when did he know it?"

Stephen D. Williams sdw
Fri Jul 8 07:43:36 PDT 2005

Actually, I did point out that it is always a good idea to be efficient 
(which is conservation).  Of course I favor a dual approach.  It sounds 
like many of the Green-leaning folk don't expect any technical advances, 
which is shortsighted.

Where the tough decisions come in is in determining the cost/benefit 
decision points.  There are far too many people making assumptions, 
insisting on action or inaction, wanting to act too early or too late.  
We need more experiments, investigation, modeling, etc.  Assertions that 
the only solution is that we go back to agrarian or stone ages are not 
very helpful because it won't happen.  That is not unlike saying that 50 
or 100 years ago were the good old days when there was no female voting, 
virtual slavery, and many other ills too vile to be outweighed by 
whatever minor squable is irritating someone.


Ian Andrew Bell (FoRK) wrote:

> It's clear you're a gambler, quite willing to make a big roll of the  
> dice on the pipe dreams of pseudo-science to conserve our planet.  I  
> am not quite so emotionally invested in technology, however wouldn't  
> a wise hedge be to pursue BOTH technical wizardry AND conservation?
> After all, I am still waiting to take delivery of my flying car.
> -Ian.

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