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    Sparhawk, Quicklund, SuWho

    There is nothing that says the earth has to support the massive energy use we have grown used to.

    The laws of physics and the facts of geology really, REALLY don't care what happens to the human species. And they certainly have no interest in the number of us alive at any one time.

    We can choose to find ways to live within our energy budget or the said laws will kill off as many of us as is necessary to balance that budget.

    Your final statement is correct, but it is one step short of the reality check. When those fossil fuels can no olonger support 5 billion people, then the surplus numbers will die.

    Given a falling energy capability, that number could easily, and very quickly, reach 3 billion. It only takes a few days after the water pumps stop working for a lot of people to die.

    In places where the water pumps never work, they have ways to survive, but in most of our cities, we have zero experience in dealing with that. So we will die in large numbers. Very large.

    Until inauguration day The USA is in the greatest danger it has ever experienced.

    by Deep Dark on Mon Oct 03, 2011 at 01:25:37 AM PDT

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