Linfield prof to discuss unfolding energy crisis
Love said industrial humanity finds itself facing the converging and increasingly intractable problems of climate change, financial collapse, biodiversity loss, crashing fish stocks, poverty and famine. The ability to manage these problems is hindered by an increasingly unaffordable supply of oil, the very lifeblood of our way of life, he said.
Easily extracted reserves are being depleted, exports are drying up and net energy is declining, Love said. He will address how expectations developed during a period of energy abundance from 1920 to 2005 might fare when confronted with the general economic contraction and social disruption already unfolding during a period of energy scarcity.
Love has been at Linfield since 1983. He teaches, writes about and researches energy and sustainability issues in the Andes and the Pacific Northwest.
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