Six Inches Thick

Monday, October 3, 2011, 10:08 AM
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The big macro story here, perhaps the most underappreciated of them all, is the decline in net energy from our energy extraction efforts.

Energy drives all economic activity. Without energy nothing is possible. It all centered on food energy once upon a time. Food was the limiting factor for the populations of every country, just as it is for every other organism. With more food comes greater populations. 

Once we discovered other concentrated forms of energy that could be converted into food, and the food energy problem was effectively solved, then humans could turn their attention to other pursuits - even dedicating entire lives to things besides food production, such as painting and science.

That is, we turned ancient stored sunlight into food and reaped the benefits. Hallelujah!

However, as with all too-good-to-be true-forever stories, this one comes with an ending. And signs that the final act has begun are all around us if we care to see them. Most do not, but you are reading this, which means you are willing to face 'what is' rather than ignore reality.


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