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The EU probably has more wave power potential, and a smaller physical size means that transport and distribution issues aren't quite as pressing as they will be in the US, where a significant proportion of the population is simply too far from anything to survive an oil crash, in an environment that's implacably hostile without massive energy and water input.

The solar issue could partly be solved by working out an arrangement with North Africa, which has more sun than it needs or wants and is hardly likely to turn up its nose at some sustainable income. Spain is also quite sunny for rather a lot of the year.

I don't think any of the problems are insoluble. (Apart from making plane travel sustainable - that seems like a no-hoper without a revolutionary new energy storage technology.)

But the current crop of politicians and marketeers, in their infinite vapid stupidity, are the wrong people to be looking after the changes that are coming.

And democracies are too driven by posturing and superficiality to elect the right people.

The real problem is political, not practical.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon Jun 18th, 2007 at 12:37:40 PM EST
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I agree.

Another Murray Bookchin quote:

"To speak of 'limits to growth' under a capitalistic market economy is as meaningless as to speak of limits of warfare under a warrior society. The moral pieties, that are voiced today by many well-meaning environmentalists, are as naive as the moral pieties of multinationals are manipulative. Capitalism can no more be 'persuaded' to limit growth than a human being can be 'persuaded' to stop breathing. Attempts to 'green' capitalism, to make it 'ecological', are doomed by the very nature of the system as a system of endless growth." (from Remaking Society)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murray_Bookchin

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Mon Jun 18th, 2007 at 04:46:41 PM EST
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