The Pie


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  1. Now that should give 100% of people furiously to think! As P3's resident amateur "doomer" (not quite) I would prefer not to have to say "I told you so" as the results of this stupidity play out in the near future. This is what's wrong with fracking, tar sands, coal gasification, and all the other clever ways to extract more and more, along with cutting down rainforests and entertaining ourselves with energy-intensive toys.

    A long-time favorite from ‘Two Tramps In Mud Time’ by Robert Frost:

    My object in living is to unite
    My avocation and my vocation
    As my two eyes make one in sight.
    Only where love and need are one,
    And the work is play for mortal stakes,
    Is the deed ever really done
    For Heaven and the future’s sakes

  2. Well, I think we know how that pie will actually be divided - the next generation will get a quarter, and so will the generation after that, and the generation after that. Perhaps more than a quarter. So all in all, we'll have spent 10/4ths or 12/4ths or more of the pie.

    What happens to the world... I don't know. But that carbon budget per generation is not going to shrink into tiny slices, that's for sure.

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