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By jasonaallen (registered) - website | Posted June 11, 2010 at 10:32:56

The reality is, that there is no solution that will 'replace' the energy of the fossil fuels we now burn. The only alternative - which is admittedly totally heretical in the 'endless progress' myth of modern society, is to make do with less. Much like the human race did for the 30,000 or so years we were here before people started burning coal. In other words it's probably pointless to run around looking for 'alternatives' unless it's to smooth out our descent towards a wind/solar/muscle powered society.
Also, I have to disagree with Andrew's implication that the coal/oil is going to dry up suddenly (although I suspect it was more for effect). There's plenty in the ground to get out, it's just going to get much more expensive to use it. As Kiely elequently pointed out in response to one of my earlier articles - peak oil isn't going to mean sudden societal collapse, it's going to instead involve societal and technological responses to the challenge of depleting oil supplies.

Not that it's all going to be sunshine and rainbows, but if we begin to make good decisions now (at the individual, but more importantly family and neighborhood level - civic is ok too, but at the provincial and federal level it's probably pointless) - hopefully we can mititgate some of the bumps on the way down from our energy 'high'.

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