It’s not either/or…
The world doesn’t have to choose between fossil fuels or alternative energy. For the past few decades, the scientific community have discussed peak oil, a new ice age, global warming, the food pyramid, and other dubious ‘facts’ which have not turned out to be correct. (Or at least not as straightforward as first indicated).
Are we in a new Ice Age?
Should the majority of the food on our plate consist of carbohydrates?
If we go further back in history…
…Scientists have been plain wrong about everything that got dis-proven later.
Galileo was spurned by the science community when he came up with the idea that the Earth revolved around the Sun, not the other way round. He was investigated by the Roman Inquisition and spent the latter part of his life under house arrest. In fact, he was completely ostracized for a number of scientific discoveries that proved to be completely correct.
We all know that scientists need funding.
‘Big’ industry has the most money to invest, so science is corrupted in the same way that politics is.
At the same time…
… Who would deny pollution and the side effects of it? Who wants more asthma, bronchitis, cancer, dead rivers and so on?
The Earth’s climate is changing, in fact, it always has, and it probably always will. Every few years, a new technology or technique occurs that makes the existing alternative obsolete, overnight.
When something is tried, tested, proven and incontrovertible, humanity switches fast. Here’s a quick list so we know that we’re on the same page:
- Man-made fire
- Industrial agriculture
- Digital cameras
(Yes… I’m an Apple fan!)
There are plenty of items missing from this list. If we add up all of the items missing and multiply the number by 10… This is likely to represent our future, as our technology evolves at an ever faster rate.
This is how the next energy revolution will happen. All of the fighting, lobbying, and accusations between the science deniers and over-believers will be moot when the next phase comes.
It might be completely clean coal, where every noxious by-product is captured and recycled.
Perhaps Solar energy will be captured and stored without the need for rare earth extraction?
Maybe there will be a type of energy source that has not been invented or discovered yet?
I don’t know, and no one does, but when we do find the answer, it’ll be obvious. In the meantime, we have real challenges to overcome. People in the developing world can’t afford electric cars. People in the richest countries are wasteful with resources. The worst thing that we can do, is what we’re doing now… Bickering and attacking those with different ideas and opinions.
This conflict is coming from the top, some of the most powerful politicians and business leaders seem to be encouraging the arguments.
We should be making the best use of what we have, and what we know, right now. Those who have devoted their lives to science and technology should be left to continue their work. At some point, a number of them will experience a series of ‘Eureka’ moments, and any heated debate will be as pointless at that time, as it is now.