Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Good news, bad news

The good news is that we may not have to worry about global warming. The bad news is the reason we may not have to worry about it: We will run out of the carbon-laden fuels that are causing global warming before we create the catastrophic damage predicted by the authoritative Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). So says a study produced last year by Uppsala University with the aid of prominent peak oil theorist Colin Campbell.

An early flameout of oil and gas production spells peril for our industrial civilization. But the authors warn that a return to heavy reliance on coal (of which there is plenty) in the wake of oil and gas shortages would lead to even worse damage than the IPCC envisions.

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