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  • Isaac Asimov: The Nightmare Life Without Fuel – Ecologise
    buses are gone and on a day like today the bicycles slosh and slide Besides you have only a mile and a half to go and you have boots raincoat and rain hat And it s not a very cold rain so why not Lucky you have a job in demolition too It s steady work Slow and dirty but steady The fading structures of a decaying city are the great mineral mines and hardware shops of the nation Break them down and re use the parts Coal is too difficult to dig up and transport to give us energy in the amounts we need nuclear fission is judged to be too dangerous the technical breakthrough toward nuclear fusion that we hoped for never took place and solar batteries are too expensive to maintain on the earth s surface in sufficient quantity Anyone older than ten can remember automobiles They dwindled At first the price of gasoline climbed way up Finally only the well to do drove and that was too clear an indication that they were filthy rich so any automobile that dared show itself on a city street was overturned and burned Rationing was introduced to equalize sacrifice but every three months the ration was reduced The cars just vanished and became part of the metal resource There are many advantages if you want to look for them Our 1997 newspapers continually point them out The air is cleaner and there seem to be fewer colds Against most predictions the crime rate has dropped With the police car too expensive and too easy a target policemen are back on their beats More important the streets are full Legs are king in the cities of 1997 and people walk everywhere far into the night Even the parks are full and there is mutual protection in crowds If the weather isn t too cold people sit out front If it is hot the open air is the only air conditioning they get And at least the street lights still burn Indoors electricity is scarce and few people can afford to keep lights burning after supper As for the winter well it is inconvenient to be cold with most of what furnace fuel is allowed hoarded for the dawn but sweaters are popular indoor wear and showers are not an everyday luxury Lukewarm sponge baths will do and if the air is not always very fragrant in the human vicinity the automobile fumes are gone There is some consolation in the city that it is worse in the suburbs The suburbs were born with the auto lived with the auto and are dying with the auto One way out for the suburbanites is to form associations that assign turns to the procurement and distribution of food Pushcarts creak from house to house along the posh suburban roads and every bad snowstorm is a disaster It isn t easy to hoard enough food to last till the roads are open There is

    Original URL path: http://www.ecologise.in/2015/02/26/isaac-asimov-the-nightmare-life-without-fuel/ (2016-05-02)
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  • News update – Ecologise
    February 2014 1 January 2014 2 December 2013 3 November 2013 2 October 2013 8 Upcoming Events Webinar on Groundtruthing at online event Groundtruthing gathers information that connects regulatory requirements with actual impacts development has on people Resource person Kanchi Kohli Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window 12th May 2016 12th May 2016 Rainwater Harvesting Workshop at Hyderabad Understand and combat Hyderabad s water problems through rain water harvesting Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window 15th May 2016 15th May 2016 Thought for Food at Palampur Himachal Pradesh Workshop on eating responsibly sharing strategies and tools for doing so Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window 18th May 2016 22nd May 2016 Two short courses on Development at Azim Premji University Bangalore Designed for professionals working in various domains of development Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window 24th May 2016 3rd June 2016 View All Events Special Features News update Written by Ecologise Feb 25 2015 0 Comments What is Saudi Arabia not telling us about its oil future Kurt Cobb Resource Insights What if the Saudis are acting now to undermine U S and Canadian oil production because they realize that Saudi production will soon reach a peak What if the Saudis fear that energy efficiency fuel substitution say toward natural gas and mandated greenhouse gas emission reductions will inevitably diminish their oil revenues beyond the next decade What if this coming decade will therefore be the best time to maximize Saudi revenues per barrel The world s energy information duopoly comes to an end Kurt Cobb Resource Insights Until now most energy price and supply forecasts and analyses were based predominately on information from the globe s two leading energy information agencies the U S Energy Information Administration EIA and the International Energy Agency IEA Recent developments are beginning to undermine the supremacy of the world s long running energy information duopoly and its perennially optimistic narrative The Year the Dam of Denial Breaks on Climate Change Paul Gilding Cockatoo Chronicles This is the year the dam of denial will break and the momentum for climate action will become an unstoppable flood It will be messy confusing and endlessly debated but with historical hindsight 2015 will be the year The year the world turned primarily because the market woke up to the economic threat posed by climate change and the economic opportunity in the inevitable decline of fossil fuels A clash of epistemologies why the debate on

    Original URL path: http://www.ecologise.in/2015/02/25/news-update-38/ (2016-05-02)
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