Sunday, August 16th 2009, 5:24 AM EDT
In our zeal to do something about global warming, we need to avoid solutions based on false assumptions. Mistakes made now will be impossible to correct later. Of particular concern is our approach to balancing CO2 reduction versus the realities of fossil fuel depletion.
Media discussion of global warming seldom makes any connection between the ecology of temperature change and pending fuel shortages. Our political leaders appear reluctant to discuss fossil fuel depletion and global warming in the same conversation. Although both Democrats and Republicans know about the consequences of fossil fuel depletion, critical questions about depletion are – for the most part – taboo.
All this denial raises a critical question. How can we expect our political establishment to make intelligent decisions about the price, availability and use of our energy resources if they refuse to acknowledge half the data? For me, global warming and fossil fuel depletion are the evil twins. We must deal with both of them at the same time. Else we risk making tragic policy mistakes
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