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  •  It sounds really, really complicated, (1+ / 0-)
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    and really, really unworkable

    Couldn't we just go back to horses now instead of waiting?
    I like horses better than diesel engines
    Not in the city, though (hip deep manure!)
    We could have electric bikes and refrigeration
    charged with solar power, and save the petroleum to use in making things

    It would last a whole lot longer, and
    I don't want to give up Velcro if I don't have to

    Money's too useful.  If we gave it up, somebody would just reinvent it.  Although, maybe they could do a better job this time around.

    The problem is serious, but it may take turning it upside down to get a better look at it, which probably means being able to think differently first.  I'm hopeful there will be multiple partial solutions (I'm not at all hopeful there will be a single solution), but we'll probably all get a little hungry before they're implemented.

    At least half the future I've been expecting hasn't gotten here yet. Sigh....

    by serendipityisabitch on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 08:03:40 AM PDT

    •  If you own enough land to provide enough (1+ / 0-)
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      pasture or hay,
      to feed your horses,
      then you're ready to start.

      I've never owned a horse,
      but as I understand,
      a horse must 'eat like a horse'
      every day,
      or it starves and dies.

      That must have been a big selling point
      of early cars:

      How much must you feed a horse on a day you don't need him?

      Same amount as on a day you do use him.

      How much gasoline do you feed your car
      on a day you don't need it?

      None.

      There's not enough good land,
      with good pasture,
      so that 300 million Americans can have a horse and a farm.

      3 million,
      maybe,
      but not 300 million.

      •  I didn't suggest (1+ / 0-)
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        that 300 million Americans should have a horse and farm,
        just that it might be useful to replace diesel with
        real horsepower - on farms.  

        At least they're a renewable resource,
        as is their fuel.  Oops, we just killed another
        100,000 factory jobs,
        making diesel engines and tractors.

        Oh, well.  There will be new jobs shoveling manure going begging, so...

        When we got cars in the first place
        we thought of oil as an almost infinite resource,
        which means that nobody thought much about it at all.

        Grass, on the other hand, tends to just keep on growing.

        At least half the future I've been expecting hasn't gotten here yet. Sigh....

        by serendipityisabitch on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 11:43:11 AM PDT

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