October 11th, 2011
|11:30 am - Neo Nero, fiddling|
I think people* get mixed up between two different types of economic crisis. The one we have at the moment is to do with mishandling of the economy. There is enough stuff and people in the world for things to be OK but the way we are managing the process is going wrong. So, for example, there is capacity for us all to be warm this winter, but some people will be cold. Repeat for a thousand instances of suffering. There are people trained to do vital work, but the work is not done. It's a tragic man-made catastrophe.
There's another kind of problem, that eventually there will not be the capacity to keep all our homes warm in winter. There will not be capacity to grow enough calories to support the population. At that point there will be terrible effects. That is a different kind of crisis, and it's further away than the current one. We ought to be concentrating our efforts on facing that coming, real, problem. Instead we are pissing about with moron economics.
* I am talking about idiots on telly and Guardian comments and so on
You're 100% right.
Unfortunately, too much (i.e. "any") of the research funding/subsidy of future energy sources (and lowering the energy consumption of existing technology) is hijacked into the same old unproductive nonsense ideas beloved of the idiots on telly/Guardian comments (like bloody wind energy).
I don't know what the right technology is. I personally think offshore wind could be a very productive resource. But in any case - it needs hard work to be done now to find out what does work.
I have a feeling that the emotional reaction to this distant but approaching problem is distorting the way people think about the current, completely different crisis.
|Date:||October 23rd, 2011 10:41 pm (UTC)|| |
There was some stuff in the Observer this morning about a projected human population of 15 million. Shiver down the spine time. Since we're doing so well with the human population we have now, and all.
Yes, I was reading that too. It made me feel in a way what is the point of all the things I worry about, because what's coming is very serious indeed, and will sweep all those considerations away.