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I don't see people voluntarily agreeing (or demanding) that we stop using fossil fuel energy if it would result in the end of human civilization.

We are not talking about a conscious decision to make THAT choice... the dynamic is more religious than logical, think about the "Tea Party" mob and their attitude to taxes and the "end human civilization" denouement won't be obvious before it happens. The breakdown of the interlocking systems that makes it all go is more subtle.

As we both know, we aren't going to agree, but to close this on a positive note.

The "escape clause" is "Cheap Access To Space". It solves both the energy and the temperature/climate problems. It gives us control of the thermostat... for the planet. Begs the question of who decides where its set and how its used, but it changes the game entirely.

I think we can agree to disagree. I am very sure that plus 4 is almost certain to bring an end to civilization... pockets may survive but the global system will not. You believe that it will be more resilient to the multiple stresses placed on it. Be nice if I could know how it all comes out for my children's children.
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