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Every time you talk about powerdown, the message everyone who is not already a true believer in the green project hears is
"We do not actually think renewable energy can sustain civilization, and are okay with dismantling industrial civilization in its entirety"
This is not a persuasive pitch. In fact, that is a pitch that makes you look like Hostis humani generis.
We need a vision which is better than that. We need a vision of a future which is better than the present. Buying into the austerity on green grounds is every bit as toxic as buying into it on economic grounds, because it is a toxic idea.
I believe in a future where the industrial cycles of matter are closed. - where waste gets recycled by any means necessary up to and including vaporizing them into plasma and then distilling them back down into base elements - Where energy production does not have intolerable externalities, and flows abundantly to every mothers child.
A future in which all 7 billion of us are have lives that benefit from and contribute to the Common Project. In which we all have electricity, water, housing, education and culture. This is not utopian. The physical universe bends to human effort - and there are so many hands and minds looking for worthwhile employment right now. Billions of them.
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