|To avoid deprivation resulting from the exhaustion of non-renewable resources, humanity must employ conservation and renewable resource substitutes sufficient to match depletion.
Anticipating that demand for energy will continue to increase as supplies decline, humanity will adjust by some combination of the following:
- Conservation -- the same life-style accomplished with more energy-efficient
artifacts ... more fuel-efficient cars ...
- Life-Style Change -- a form of conservation: telecommuting instead of commuting ...
back to the land ... living closer to work ...
- Substitution -- using other energy sources to accomplish the
same objectives ... solar power... walking not driving ...
- Deprivation -- just plain doing without ... no more plane trips to
visit the family across the country ... or, more seriously, pestilence ... mass starvation
... war ...
|The Swenson Curve
This graph depicts possible alternative scenarios for humanity as oil goes into decline over the next few decades.
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