which explored the implications of Britain's reliance on coal. Given that coal was a finite, non-renewable energy resource, Jevons raised the question of sustainability. "Are we wise," he asked rhetorically, "in allowing the commerce of this country to rise beyond the point at which we can long maintain it?" His central thesis was that Britain's supremacy over global affairs was transitory, given the finite nature of its primary energy resource.
Electricity in short is to the present age what the perpetual motion was to an age not far removed. People are so astonished at the subtle manifestations of electric power, that they think the more miraculous effects they anticipate from it the more profound the appreciation of its nature they show. But then they generally take that one step too much which the contrivers of the perpetual motion took—they treat electricity not only as a marvellous mode of distributing power, they treat it as a source of self creating power.
geoff.: This the biggest problem I have with the peak oil movement, the same compelling argument is made that we will run out of oil at some future date and that argument is always wrong.
gompa: As a journalist (disclaimer: self-link)
Ohhhh lets turn this thread into who can make up the most awesome erroneous projection
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