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Heh. Yeah. But the goals could be better. And I don't know if putting up goals is such great politics. I suspect it delays action because of the rate of time preference, which could also exist in politics. We should rather have concrete action plans.
by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Tue Jun 19th, 2007 at 12:42:49 PM EST
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I am more concerned about the "sharp drop in 5-10 years" scenario. What can be done to prepare for that?

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jun 19th, 2007 at 12:44:58 PM EST
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Your guess is as good as mine. But to guess...

We have to hope that there is a Democrat in the White House and that the US does not make a naked grab for resources that might be countered by China. We have to hope that our long-term contracts with Russia are worth the paper they're printed on.

It's too late for planting trees that we can use to heat our homes, I guess. But we should still plant more trees. Nuclear power plants take about 10-15 years to plan, run the legal procedure, and build.

What do you do? Draw up emergency plans. Think of ways to ration energy supply. No idea if that can be done. Try to secure critical systems, like hospitals. How do you do that? The aggregates run on oil. You might want to construct a separate grid for supply to such systems.

Right now I see no way to push through the kind of measures you would need to make a less drastic transition if we're facing a precipitous drop in supplies in an unfavorable political situation. Because the measures would have to be drastic right now. So, contingency planning and precautionary securing of the most critical systems that rely on energy may be the best that can be hoped for.

by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Tue Jun 19th, 2007 at 01:15:16 PM EST
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It's too late for planting trees that we can use to heat our homes, I guess. But we should still plant more trees.

And insulate, insulate, insulate (but beware so that you do not create to bad ventilation at the same time). Heating is mostly a function of heat loss, with good enough insulation the excess heat from your electronic appliances and yourself will be enough.

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by A swedish kind of death on Wed Jun 20th, 2007 at 08:01:35 AM EST
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