Jul 13, 2012 5:59 AM GMT
GreenHopper saidYVRguy saidI have little doubt that significant scientific discoveries will be made in the next several hundred years that will impact energy production reducing our reliance on fossil fuels before they run out. As they say, necessity is the Mother of Invention. The real problem, as alluded to above, is quite simply overpopulation, particularly in the third world. Unchecked population growth is a far greater threat to our world than fossil fuel consumption.
Hmmm tough... third world population growth does not consume anywhere near the amounts of resources that the first world does... the USA alone is 5% of the worlds population, but consumes 20% of its resources
So? People always cite numbers like these as though they have some significance. As an example, American's can afford to buy 20% of the cars on the world market say. That doesn't mean there will be a shortage of cars in 10 years. It means as developing nations progress and their citizens have more disposable income, more cars will be produced for the people that want them. If for some reason we run out of the supplies to build cars, there will be no sudden halt to life as we know it. The price will slowly climb as resources become more scarce and more people will take the bus. The US' share of the resources it consumes will equally diminish.