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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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