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300 Years of Fossil Fuels in 300 Seconds


Screen shot from "300 Years of Fossil Fuels in 300 Seconds"

Screen shots from “300 Years of Fossil Fuels in 300 Seconds”

While “following a lead” (thanks Martin!), I landed on a very interesting video titled “300 Years of Fossil Fuels in 300 Seconds”.  As the title suggests, the video discusses the history of fossil fuels and how those fossil fuels have shaped the world we live in.  However, the important part of the video is the discussion about where we are now and how we must to adapt our society to live without fossil fuels.

The video is narrated by Richard Heinberg of the Post Carbon Institute.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. 2012/07/24 7:05 pm

    hey jp! just stole your post… best silke

  2. Martin Lack permalink
    2012/07/28 12:49 pm

    This is why I keep going on about the Law of Conservation of Mass: If humans insist on abusing it, we will have to live or die with the consequences. That is to say, if we add fossilised (geospheric) carbon to the biosphere faster than the latter can naturally remove it we cannot (or should not) be surprised if this has adverse results.

    This is such a clearly irrefutable piece of logic that I find it hard to see how anyone can ignore it; other than of course by insisting that CO2 is not a significant GHG (or that a 40% increase in its atmospheric concentration might be significant)…

    • 2012/07/28 4:46 pm

      … or insisting that higher concentrations of carbon dioxide will be beneficial to plant growth. We should ask US farmers what they think of that hypothesis.

      I agree with you concerning the idiocy of dumping carbon in the atmosphere. Unfortunately, some of us still have that attitude that “the world is our dump and that’s ok”.

      • Martin Lack permalink
        2012/07/28 5:21 pm

        Whilst the concept of being a “good ancestor” (i.e. good stewardship) comes easily to the adherents of many Eastern religions (pantheists, animists and mystics) and, indeed, to atheists too… It is very unfortunate that, north of Mexico, the dominant paradigm within evangelical Christendom still seems to be “we can trash the place because Jesus is coming back soon…”

      • 2012/07/31 2:51 pm

        Great point.
        Personally, if I knew Jesus was coming, I’d try to keep the place in better shape : )
        And if I believed that the Earth was created by God for us, I’d feel a sense of responsibility to better protect natural habitats.

      • Martin Lack permalink
        2012/07/31 2:57 pm

        Me too, JP. Sadly, “use it up and wear it out”</em< seems a much more popular modus operandi…

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