Certainly technology has been a negative force on the Earth's environment, y'know, ever since humans existed. But a new report says that technology will continue being a negative influence on the Earth even as humanity finally wises up to its metaphorical bed-wetting.
The MIT / Boston University study says that greenhouse emissions will increase faster in the next fifty years than they ever have. Indeed, the research tends to show a link in the advancement of technology and the use of more energy.
One would hope that technology would help us become more efficient, but if energy is cheap, then technology simply focuses on reducing other costs by using more energy. Thus, it seems that the only hope we have is for either for governments to legislate technological change, or to hope that gas goes to $6 a gallon...something I'm not particularly looking forward to.
However, we can likely expect both rising energy prices and legislation in the coming months and years. And I have a bit more faith in technology to rise to the challenge in a relatively short time. These kinds of studies don't generally take into account revolutionary shifts...which could easily occur if solar becomes cost-competitive with coal.
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