Now there’s the reality of climate change. We’ve gone into overshoot and we are in economic trouble. We look to more economic growth, but once economics and population growth absorb all of the renewables and all of the efficiency, then what?
The technological fundamentalist comes along and says, “We will solve the problem through technology.” This is just another form of religion. We may get some technological substitutes for the fossil carbons, such as wind turbines, solar collectors, and so on, but I’d like somebody to help me come up with a technological substitute for soil and water.
This is a chapter from The Post Carbon Reader: Managing the 21st Century’s Sustainability Crises (2010).