Richard Knaub May 30, 2006 18:27 pm

I've been reading James Howard Kunstler's book "Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change and other Converging Catastrophes of the 21st Century". It is a excellent book and well worth the read. I do have issues with a few minor details, but find the majority of the book well reasoned and well researched. My question to the listserv is this: We all know that our technology based culture is living on borrowed time in the form of fossil fuels. Many of us a probably aware that we have, at the most, 20 years to build an infrastructure that is ENTIRELY renewable energy based. After that many of our factories (including factory farms) will be forced to close because of energy shortages. Many of our cities will be without consistent power. What are we doing, in a holistic or integrated manner to provide leadership, provide education and to provide alternatives to address this eventuality? Many of the issues we have, such as pollution, logging, mining, CO2 emissions will become moot at that point, because we just don't have the fuel. Our culture will need to downsize to the amount of energy available, so will our consumption.