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An apocalyptic vision of how the world will look after the oil runs out has been given by a top scientist.

Richard Heinberg, one of the world's leading experts on oil reserves, warned that the lives of billions of people were threatened by a food crisis caused by our dependence on dwindling supplies of fossil fuels.

Higher oil prices, the loss of farmland to biofuel crops, climate change and the loss of natural resources would combine with population growth to create an unprecedented food shortage, he claimed.

The only way to avoid a world food crisis was a planned and rapid reduction of fossil fuel use - oil, coal and gas - and a switch to more organic methods in the growing and delivery of food. It would mean a return to living off the land not seen for 150 years.

The stark predictions were made by Heinberg in a lecture to the Soil Association in London.



In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2007 at 12:48:58 PM EST
I think I'm going to stop listening to people who don't understand the meaning of the word "technology".

What is advocating if not a string of "techno-fixes"?

Technology: the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, esp. in industry.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2007 at 12:54:48 PM EST
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Extraneous and asymmetrical validation by a recognized intellectual authority is validating.

(That's the Post Modernist way of saying, "Neener-neener!  I told you!  I told you!  Neener-neener-neener")

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Fri Nov 23rd, 2007 at 01:21:11 PM EST
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Validation is validating.

That's post-modern for you.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2007 at 03:32:27 PM EST
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I consider it my life's task to increase the totality of  ontological valueousity.

:-)

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Fri Nov 23rd, 2007 at 06:22:34 PM EST
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I am missing why Heinberg is such an 'expert', let alone a 'top scientist'.

 Even on his own website, he careful describes himself as 'one of the world's foremost Peak Oil (oil depletion) educators', and
' journalist, educator, editor, lecturer, a Core Faculty member of New College of California where he teaches a program on "Culture, Ecology and Sustainable Community,"'

Of course, that doesn't mean his points are wrong, but it definetely doesn't make them are right, or important.  

by GreatZamfir on Fri Nov 23rd, 2007 at 02:20:45 PM EST
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consider the source: a newspaper.

"World famous scientist" plays better, sounds much more impressive, than "Some dude who knows what he is talking about."

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Fri Nov 23rd, 2007 at 03:33:52 PM EST
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