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  •  I like your thought experiment (5+ / 0-)
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    though I think you may be insufficiently paranoid about what entrenched interests might do to eliminate such a threat.

    I would like you to carry your thought experiment a little further. What if Mr Fusion did quickly lead to nearly unlimited power that was too cheap to meter? Would beneficial uses be made of the new technology?

    Also, what if, instead of Mr Fusion, it was Mr Battery? Say your researchers find a cheap and compact way to store energy almost indefinitely, would that technology be a boon or a curse?

    " 'In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me." Elwood P. Dowd

    by paulbkk on Tue Mar 20, 2012 at 09:40:01 AM PDT

    •  And a step further (2+ / 0-)
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      I would like you to carry your thought experiment a little further. What if Mr Fusion did quickly lead to nearly unlimited power that was too cheap to meter? Would beneficial uses be made of the new technology?
      Would having such a huge power source drive the industrial machine into overdrive, stripping the planet of all sorts of other resources (since energy as a bottleneck would be removed).

      contraposition.org - thoughts on energy, the environment, and society.

      by barath on Tue Mar 20, 2012 at 10:26:40 AM PDT

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      •  some other resource limit will kick into place. (2+ / 0-)
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        Per The Limits to Growth, removing one resource constraint, in the absence of a general strategy to live within our ecological means, only results in growth up to the limit of the next resource constraint.

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        by G2geek on Tue Mar 20, 2012 at 12:01:08 PM PDT

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