Saturday, May 24, 2008

Cool It!

Just when I thought I was saving the earth by taking most of my news from online sources instead of getting print subscriptions to most things, I had to see this article. I hate it when being well-informed about things makes you think carefully and comprehensively about them. There has to be some quick easy free-lunch out there like a gas holiday that will make all of our problems go away...

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Canary in the Coal Mine

It's always good to be on our toes and be in this economic struggle of scarcity, but let's not lose our heads. I've been saying it for a while. In Malthus' time of writing his Essay on the Principle of Population, it was that we would run out of the ability to feed our growing population. Then, it was that we would run out of coal in the late 1800s and that we would run out of oil in the 1970s. Now, we worry about Oil and Food, and this week the Economist Magazine urges us to study history more carefully and not go nuts. There is no imminent danger of running out of oil; there is no imminent danger of running out of fuels to run our economies; there is no imminent danger of running out of food. There is a greater risk from climate change than from either of these problems, and we can probably even come up with clever ways of managing through that with some innovations in technology.

Life is good.