In response to an article about energy at Seeking Alpha i wrote:
@Keith Williams “My read of what is actually happening suggests that the world can transition out of fossil fuels without expanding fossil fuel exploitation.”
It’s a nice thought but I would not count on it, not yet, not if the poorer parts of the world want to up their standard of living. We have not yet reached the tipping point where the growth of renewables is sufficient to meet the growing demand of the developing economies.
It was over a century ago that the First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill, decided to convert the Royal Navy from coal to petrol and declared petrol a legitimate war aim (WWI). Over a century later we are burning more coal than ever in part because the improving economies have bred more consumers who have higher standards of living. The goal posts keep moving!
Every time you prevent a famine you create demand for more energy. Nature solves the supply problem by killing off consumers. Human morals upset that way of balancing supply and demand. Ask any economist what’s needed for growth and the answer is more productive people, i.e. workers. But workers want better lifestyles and consume more energy. The solution might be to replace workers with humanoid robots that are more energy efficient that human workers.
What does the above have to do with Type 2 Diabetes?
Overeating is what causes obesity and Type 2 Diabetes. Overeating is a waste of energy on bad outcomes. Not only the caloric energy wasted by the consumer but all the energy needed to grow, manufacture, transport, warehouse, sell, cook, and serve food that should never have been consumed in the first place. And to add grief to calamity all the energy wasted on fad diets, non-cures, unnecessary medications, extra large clothing, extra fuel per passenger to move that fat around the globe.
I think I better stop…