A few days ago i saw some science-program about the spread of man and deforesting in Europe, Asia and North-America.<quoted text>
THE Truth with a capital "T" is written by the historians. If you stand back and look at our culture, both the plebeians and the patricians want the wealth of industry. They don't want to worry about efficiency and they are quite happy to have their children pay for their indulgences. Some are more indulgent than others, but the great ages are only defined by technologies that change the rules. The loss of fossil fuels will change the rules if other energy technologies are not there to replace them.
For no other reason than our accumulated knowledge will eclipse our ability to exploit that knowledge, our entire point of view will change. Imagine being able to build rockets to Mars, but not having the energy reserves to attempt such a flight without lives being sacrificed to do so. We already attempt conservation, but we have yet to put a human cost to the use of resources.
I think that will define the next great age.
We should have nice lush forest allover the place.
But then we found moss and dried peat. on to coal.
And instead of searching for water Aramco went for oil.(it turns out Saudi Arabia has huge underground volumes of water.
And they imported soil from Island when they had all this ancient volcanic stuff lying around just about everywhere.
I noticed one poster stating that cars were fitted with filters and guzzled less gasoline. So therefore there was no problem with CO2 and warming or pollution anymore.
I wonder why some people do not think of the production process.
And the human cost of that.