Magazine article New Internationalist

40 Years Ago

Magazine article New Internationalist

40 Years Ago

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„.the early New Internationalist prepared us for the post-petroleum world. Aside from the prediction that 'by 2020 the oil age will be dead', the main editorial was remarkably perspicacious, and bears some rereading now (nin.tl/post-petroleum).

'The opportunity is there, if we want to take it, to implement an energy strategy that won't bypass the majority of the earth's population... Such a strategy exists now. The technology is there. All the necessary resources are readily available, infinitely renewable and could easily be put on tap - the sun's warmth, rushing wind, falling water, plant wastes. Yet solar heaters, windmills and biogas plants are still regarded in the developed countries as the province of a freaky fringe.

'The great myth which has to be banished is that energy sources and the technology that surrounds them are somehow neutral. …

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