Deron made an interesting question in a sideways fashion ... in [node:1519] ... he admitted he does do a lot to reduce his carbon footprint while earlier he made it seem like we'd have to regress to the stone age Re: a crude awakening (the oil crisis)
Okay.. I think I've done a lot to reduce my carbon footprint.. despite traveling regularly around the world, that is. I've got EV's, walk or ride a bike whenever I can, I recycle, by used stuff when I can, give stuff to goodwill when I can, etc etc.
But there's this big picture question. If technology is the culprit - almost every kind of technology you can think of has a nasty side effect, some kind of poison that's spewed into the environment, not to mention the pollution issues which are thought to be causing global warming. So if technology is the culprit maybe we should all give up on technology and live in the woods and scrounge for berries.
Hurm.. that may happen anyway given the likelihood of the peak oil (and other resource) phenomenon. Once oil becomes scarcer than the demand for oil ..ah.. that should be, um, "interesting" to witness. The U.S. is already fighting an illegal war in Iraq to gain a semblance of control over the oil in Iraq. It is a looming worry in my mind..
The peak oil phenomenon applies to other resources as well, not just oil, the principle is the same for every resource. That there is a capacity for each resource, and a rising demand for the resource based on rising population levels. But at some point the capacity to produce that resource becomes outstripped by the demand and the availability of that resource enters an inevitable decline. This pattern has played itself out in country after country with oil.
I know the Mad Max movies are just movies but the story they tell is of a society collapsing after the decline in availability of oil. I think that is one of our possible futures, something like what they portray. A possible future, mind you.
The thing is we have available ways to use technology in a different way. One that doesn't follow a consumptive pattern ... the mindset of mining a resource, using it to make a product, use the product for a few seconds, and then throw it away, ignoring possibilities of reuse. The mindset leads to a consumptive pattern which simply is not sustainable. If instead things and products became a cycle of recycling materials then the peak resource phenomenon would not be a problem. And there are technologies to produce energy while decreasing the poisonous side effects.