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Friday, November 18, 2005

More Peak Oil from NCFocus

I have been interest in this interesting juxtaposition for some time, which put me on to Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum, by William Ruddman.
. . . also curious, from a sociological standpoint - my general impression is that the "global warming's coming, we're doomed" crowd doesn't talk to the "peak oil's coming, we're doomed" crowd which doesn't talk to the "bird flu's coming, we're doomed" crowd.
Details here.

Ruddman show that plagues, especially those in in the 1900s, which killed almost one quarter of the worlds population, which was a bird flu, significantly reducing CO2, when fallow fields returned to forests, and the dead stopped burning wood and coal.

If we are running out of carbon fuels and the peak oiler claim, and will soon return to the sustainable living of the late 1800s and early 1900s, why are we concerned about global warming?

If one third of us are going to die of bird flu, the remaining oil will go alot farther. Humm. . . Even dark clouds can have a silver lining.

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