Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Bill McKibben Op-Ed

Bill McKibben is a well-respected author who has penned such classics as The End of Nature.

Books that carefully (as opposed to hysterically) examine the trends, of whose ultimate source is our sprawl consumption system.

Well, McKibben recently wrote an op-ed for the LA Times. It is quite bleak--and if his track record holds true--very likely to be accurate.

And, that would be a big problem if so:
Even for Americans -- who are constitutionally convinced that there will always be a second act, and a third, and a do-over after that, and, if necessary, a little public repentance and forgiveness and a Brand New Start -- even for us, the world looks a little terminal right now.

It's not just the economy: We've gone through swoons before. It's that gas at $4 a gallon means we're running out, at least of the cheap stuff that built our sprawling society. It's that when we try to turn corn into gas, it helps send the price of a loaf of bread shooting upward and helps ignite food riots on three continents. It's that everything is so tied together. It's that, all of a sudden, those grim Club of Rome types who, way back in the 1970s, went on and on about the "limits to growth" suddenly seem ... how best to put it, right.