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A New Religion
Reviewed in the United States on January 31, 2013
As if we didn't have enough already. The authors believe that emphasizing new technology will save us. The problem is, they grotesquely and fatally underestimate some utterly insurmountable problems.
1. Pollution is far worse than acknowledged, even by the environmentalists they excoriate for "fear mongering." Coral reefs are dying, and so are forests, in rapidly accelerating trends. We can't roll out the new Frankensteins they are promoting nearly fast enough to stop the collapse of those ecosystems, and without them, humans are toast along with most other species. See the blog witsendnj about forests - and just google ocean acidification.
2. Climate change has already passed tipping points thanks to those pesky amplifying feedbacks, and is beyond our ability to reverse even if we ceased all CO2 emissions today. Look for Guy McPherson's talks on youtube or his blog, Nature Bats Last. Empirical observations - not overly cautious models - indicate we are in for violent destabilization with horrendous consequences that are already occurring - floods, wildfires, and droughts.
3. It's not just peak oil that is going to destroy industrial civiliation, with reverberations everywhere else (like wars). There are many other non-renewable resources that are required by any advanced technology. "Renewable energy" is an oxymoron.
You may now go back to your regularly scheduled consumption.