27 Feb '17, 12pm

#CLIMATE #p2 Essay: "Traditionalism" through the lens of cultural ecology.

#CLIMATE #p2 Essay: "Traditionalism" through the lens of cultural ecology.

The fossil fuel era is now failing. Unless society migrates rapidly away from carbon-based fuels, climate change will increasingly batter the economy in a hundred different ways. But even ignoring climate change, there is still the problem of depletion: oil, coal, and natural gas are finite resources extracted using the low-hanging fruit principle. While large amounts of these resources remain, each further increment extracted offers declining energy returns on the energy invested in producing them. Economists should recognize this as an instance of the law of diminishing returns. The situation with respect to oil is approaching crisis: while production rates are high, costs to producers overall are soaring (the recent drop in production costs for certain types of U.S. tight oil notwithstanding), and the higher prices needed to cover those costs can’t be sustained because ...

Full article: http://www.postcarbon.org/traditionalism-through-the-lens...

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