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Originally Posted by oil pan 4 View Post
So it looks like at this rate globally renewables will never catch up to fossil fuels to cover increasing demands.
We could do more if we could focus our efforts on what we really need. But for now, additions of rebuildable energy are not even keeping up with the increased consumption that must accompany economic growth. Let alone replacing any of the half of the 17 TeraWatts that were are blowing through which would then also require totally rebuilding all machinery and infrastructure to run on electricity. I would hope that it is becoming pretty clear that we are not going to build our way out of this jam. It would be much wiser to choose to bend back down with a controlled degrowth than to keep "kicking" the metaphorical "cans" of limits down the road with increased debt driving even faster extractive economies which serves only in delaying a higher eventual fall.