[FoRK] peak coal

Stephen Williams sdw at lig.net
Tue Oct 27 09:14:03 PDT 2009

Jim Whitehead wrote:
> %lurk off
> Um, even by the loose standards of post-bubble FoRK, this thread is 
> pretty content-free.
> Eugen: what is this "it" of which you speak?
> Ken: perhaps you could do a few minutes of research on the history of 
> reserve projections?
> Rob: perhaps you could find an article about how the energy pessimism 
> of the 70's gave way to the cheap oil of the 90's?
> Benjamin: citations?
> %lurk on
> - Jim
Jim: Don't you have students you can put on this?? ;-)

> Eugen Leitl wrote:
>> On Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 01:07:54AM -0700, Stephen Williams wrote:
>>> It's the end of the world as you know it.  New shows daily.  Going 
>>> out of business sale, everything must go.  Under new management.  
>>> Those saying something is impossible are often interrupted by those 
>>> already doing it.  Invent the future.  Be all you can be.
>> We've known how to do it since 1970 at least. Arguably, earlier.
>> But it takes 20-30 years of massive effort, including minds, hands
>> and money.
>> Do you see much underway in terms of efforts? I don't. Do you see the
>> kind of people we had in 1950s and 1960s? I don't. Do you see the loose
>> change we had then? I don't. Do we have still 20-30 years? I'm not sure.
>> Do I think we're doomed? No. Do we have a good chance of pulling this 
>> off?
>> We'll know soon enough.
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