Reading TOD these days has become an exercise in self-discipline, enforcing a "do not reply" zone around the idiots, morons, and scientific illiterates that populate the place. So there I am reading a comment in Drumbeats and the responses just get me laughing til I cannot stop. One each theantidoomer is raving like a lunatic about electric charging stations and how "easy" it will be to put these everywhere. Then Twilight dutifully takes him to task, walking him through the insane math of the situation, showing why such charging stations simply cannot exist, at least not easily nor quickly. And then the ignorant replies begin, starting with theantidoomer himself who simply dismisses the physics of the problems with a wave of his hand and then asks why not (on charging stations)?
Is it any wonder why these morons who believe in magical technology are considered scientifically illiterate dreamers? Replies like this just leave you shaking your head. Of course we might be able to build the recharging stations to do this but as Twilight points out, it is one massive hellacious engineering problem! It is non-trivial in the extreme and it shows why we need to move to electrified mass transit rather than more cars. Yet there are the defenders of the suburban craziness inventing even more nonsense out of thin air to defend their non-sustainable way of life.
Meanwhile, right there on TOD, Rembrandt has published Oil Watch Monthly - August 2007 and the data sits there, ignored by the cornucopians. Global exports are down by nearly 5% year over year. That's 5% in the second year post-peak if May 2005 was the actual peak. This is when all the happy faced people insisted that decline would be so small as to not be noticeable yet we have 1.6% decline in actual C&C production and over 5% decline in exports. It sure looks like Jeffrey Brown's "Export Land Model" (ELM) is kicking in to me!
And then the massive ignorance of the financial system that surrounds us and controls us! Capital is just not written off to the tune of tens of trillions of dollars. It cannot be. It has been invested and the world is relying on those investments producing more real products that can then be reinvested downstream. If those products never come forth there can never be a conversion to alternatives. If we cannot amortize the costs already invested, we cannot get our money out to reinvest! This means we go broke and have no capital with which to invest. But hey, the techno-geeks just gloss over this too and assume that where there is a will there must be a way. Yet if a doomer decries the capitalist system, these same people who shrug off the limits of that system arise immediately to defend it. It's absurd comedy. You couldn't make this stuff up and our survivors descended from us won't even be able to understand the depths of this insanity.
At the end of it all you don't know whether to laugh or to cry, the replies become so absurd, like Roger Connor building straw men to knock down to dismiss the doomers. Hey Roger! Have a clue - it does not matter how many straw men you knock down! When mother nature comes to call for you, she is still going to haul away your ass to the fertilizer pile somewhere. Be afraid, Roger. Be very afraid, because the future is looking to feed on people just like you.
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