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May 31, 2013

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Brian

The whole business of eliminating fossil fuels seems like an impossibility to me (please correct me if I'm wrong). Realistically, the only nations who have the luxury of being able to curtail their carbon emissions are the rich nations and even in the rich nations there are major obstacles. Poor nations and emerging nations may adopt greener fuels but only much later as they will not be interested in slowing their increase in wealth (and rightly so, they want fridges too).

So why are we not talking more about adapting to this looming climatic crisis?

N.Wells

Exactly: the planet doesn't care, but we should.

The following link is a great way to visualize all the earth's water and all its air:
http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/25/new-ways-to-gauge-the-finite-atmosphere/
We have quite a lot of both, but they aren't infinite and we can pollute them and change their chemistry.

For all the difficulty of changing our dependence on fossil fuels, we ultimately do not have a choice: our population and our energy demands are increasing exponentially, and resources are not only finite but also increasingly expensive to extract, notwithstanding occasional advances in extraction such as hydraulic fracturing. We are going to get weaned off fossil fuels eventually, so we might as well fix the problem before we trash our climate to the point where we don't like the results any more.

Boris Bold

I work in the Oil and Gas industry. It is noticeable, to me at any rate, that there is a move away from the use of ex-pats in new business development. O&G companies are now looking to build skills within the indigenous population and even have those business run by locals over time. This can represent a huge investment by them, particularly when there is no O&G industry expertise anywhere near by.

O&G technical expertise includes geology, engineering, physics and chemistry amongst others. I have a hope that these people having acquired these skills will one day put them to use in saving (or at least prolonging) humanity.

O&G companies know they have a limited shelf life, and we should not be surprised to find they are the very organisations that help with the change away from fossil fuels as required by their own diminishing markets.

Though I could be on the way to becoming a fossil fuel myself by then.

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