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Doomed? Well, in the long run we're all dead, I'll grant you that. But while it's always more exciting to crow about the coming disaster and dystopia, often as a way to force other people into ones very own definition of utopia, people always forget that the world is steadily becoming a better place. The cold war is over, and with it the threat of immediate and annihilating nuclear war, poverty is being quashed at a record pace, especially in Asia, where hundreds of millions or even billions of people have risen from absolute poverty into something which looks a bit like what we in the West managed half a century ago.

Sure there are problems, but when haven't there been problems? The thing with problems is that they often can be solved by hard work and insight, and I'm feeling pretty certain that once again we'll eventually triumph. And if we don't, well, then at least we tried. It's still a much better chance than proselytising about some "new clear and present vision" which'll never take off, for the simple reason that there are lots of very poor people left out there, without electricity or sanitation or nothing, who won't accept anything at all other than increasing their material standard of living.

But this doesn't really have anything to do with Trident.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Thu Jul 16th, 2009 at 03:25:59 AM EST
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