Technology will solve our problems. ...advances in technology just increase our ability to do things ... for the better or for the worse. All of our current problems are unintended consequences of our existing technology.
If we exhaust one resource, we can always switch to some other resource meeting the same need. Optimists who make such claims ignore the unforeseen difficulties and long transition time regularly involved...
Sounds like an animal
Panting to the beat
Groan in the pleasure zone
Gasping from the heat
Let's cut to the chase here and assume that a giant switch goes off in the Atlantic and ninety percent of everybody dies in ten years. That would leave 600 million people, about the population of the early 1700s. What are they going to do with themselves henceforth, one wonders. There are still lots of them, and the early 1700s was a pretty lively time. We might assume that they'd be reduced to Mad Max savagery by a holocaust of this magnitude, but why? All of them? No way. Those 600 million survivors would have plenty of elbow room, plus enough leftover infrastructure for 6 billion. The TVs would still be on, the cellphones would work.... Assuming that the climate is stable in its new Ice Age configuration, this 600 million could re-create industrial society in a jiffy and go right on burning coal. Because hey, it's COLD outside!
Baby_Balrog: I'm going to go with the first choice.
The bit about assuming stuff.
I assume that the language Lovelock uses as no bearing on the scientific validity of his theory.
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