Johhny Electriglide wrote:
Kids are not taught the immorality of fossil fuel use. Instead the marvel of flying, like sugar, is addictive. I know I was hooked for 30 years on ASMEL, H, I to the CFI and AGI level of mastery. I also was getting into population science, geology, and ecology around that time.People will sadly have to accept that the jet age is over, the diesel age is over, and all except Gen IV nuclear age is over
. All the traveling from suburbs, to three different trash trucks down the street every Friday idiocy, all driven by growth only economics, human over-breeding, and general stupidity with the ignorance from it. Greed and selfishness/self-centeredness, along with over-tolerance, especially of crowds, are all negative ecological traits that were much less 11K yrs. ago.
Some have always wanted to explore, or are unhappy living where they are. Instant communications and fast travel have hooked civilization into an addiction to fossil fuels and industrial output, farming, and transportation. The overpopulation started with the use of the dirty crap, on top of over-tolerance to the noise, choking foul air, towns with fixed agriculture, and even eventual dis-connect with nature. We went to the moon and Voyager is outside the solar system, yet we are virtually trapped in this biosphere on Earth
We can still travel with electric vehicles including solar gliders, electric vehicles and hybrids for a very small emissions average. The return of sails to water travel. More bicycles, and more walking, with jobs and relatives nearby. Of course, the main thing is a vastly reduced population of people who do not travel far. All nutrition filled by local agriculture, with no 400HP diesel help. Even horses have to be limited, or else we'll be knee deep in it.
Eisenhower's Highway System opened it up for family car travel and RVs, to the jammed up freeways of the monstropolises of the USA. Wasting gas at idle (unlike my Mariner). The worst thing was LBJ's growth only economy and stupid immigration change from a great system.
The rich can no longer really have their HGHG blowing yachts and jets, and the middle class can no longer jet around. People must realize the carbon footprint of all they do including the multiplier of child and children going up geometrically
It's 2 Minutes to Midnight, or the party is almost over, and the hangover will be a killer.
You nailed it Johhny ,I agree with you exactly.
Our schools are sending exactly the opposite message, instead of every class taking a world adventure (where I live schools arrange global student jet holidays-not exchanges-holidays) , we should be teaching them how to live locally. This is teaching them very young to ignore the effects their pleasure seeking has upon the environment.
Regarding your comment on farming I can say with confidence where most of the fossil fuel consumption happens on modern farms. Drumroll....personal transportation. Most people are surprised to learn that grain farmers generally consume more fuel on the road than in the field. As farm size increases one would expect more efficiency here but exactly the opposite happens.
The next highest FF input into our food is fertlizers and pesticides.
Then we get to fuel consumed in the actual field equipment.
The remaing FF consumption is used for heating,cooling,drying,handling.
Modern farming is possible only with cheap abundant fuel, what other options could we have for the production of our food?