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Monday, July 21, 2008

Lost amongst all the "solutions" to the energy crisis lies the fact that the energy crisis is simply one component of a much broader ecological crisis. Addressing the energy issue in isolation and attempting to solve only this one aspect could easily exacerbate many of the other ecological problems we now face.

Our true crisis is one of over-consumption. This is not limited to supplies of fossil energy, but affects every component of the earth's biosphere. We are cutting down too many forests, sprawling out on too much arable land, dumping too many poisons into our waterways, pumping out too much dirty air (especially CO2), sucking up too much water; the list could go on for a very long time, but I'll stop there.