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We will NOT find an alternative to energy dense, easily transportable conventional oil in time to sustain indefinate economic growth.

All alternative energies have one or more disadvantages that do not let them compete with cheap conventional oil.

Given our industrial civilization depends on massive amounts of cheap energy, the reliance on conventional oil is enormous.

The only quick solution I see is a drastic downscaling of economic activity.

Topics: energy

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  • Feb 19 2013: I am confident we will justify ourselves to salvage our pride (thoughts lead to feelings and optimism drives our thoughts thus changes our perspective which further defines judgement)
    I just want the mankind to be mature(contentment lies is sharing/sacrifice for a natural example MOTHER-child relationship) and be less greedy/ambitious/other +ive synonyms(ambition should be finding what evolution is).
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      Feb 20 2013: Ah, my friend, I am walking right alongside you.

      What you are talking about, and what I crave, is wisdom, which is even more rare than common sense, which is about as common as hen's teeth!

      In a world of 7 billion people, the numbers of homo sapiens are far outweighed by those of homo insipiens.
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        Feb 20 2013: Mark,
        I have to say that wisdom has been described as " coming to the realization that you don't know nothing.
        And common sense is what you have when your wise, but that's just one view.

        I love your last line, can I use it?
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          Feb 20 2013: So true, so true!

          Actually the last line is the basis of project I am trying to put together, if I can ever figure out how to condense it into something smaller than Wikipedia.... So, just in case I manage to pull it off, if you use it, give me the cred ;)
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      Feb 20 2013: Mr. Singh,
      I have to admire your visions. There was a time in my life where I envisioned myself in a cloister with hours devoted to reflections. Maybe, making jams and jellies... But, I had a wife and four children.
      I would like to think that every man holds a mature and moral outlook, yet there is the real world.
      I most admire that man who can raise young adults with a strong moral center.

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