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Old 04-07-2019, 04:43 PM   #5548 (permalink)
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Solar panels are a good step. Especially if we can design them to last for 100's of years. And there is still time to do a lot to ease the transition back down to a more sustainable level of existence if we could foresee that need and choose wisely. But a totally free market will not feel signals enough to make the correct choices until it is way too late and we are caught in an energy trap.
Jack Rikard calls them magic rocks. The 'totally free market will not feel signals' part confuses me.

Suppose the downward transition means using bacteria to turn sand into sandstone. Then we are on a path to the geo-polymer technology that created the Megalithic Polygonal structures that confound us today.
But the market drives almost blindly ever forward toward providing whatever will have the biggest payback over a time scale of a few years with no thought beyond that.
Advertising makes it happen.

Face the danger and row away from it.
David B. Frohnmayer