Inexpensive, ready sources of energy have fueled the economic and population booms that marked our planet’s history since the late nineteenth century. This era is coming to an end. We feature in this issue a compelling article by Dr. Richard Duncan on the likely decline of civilization as we have experienced it.
If Dr. Duncan and his colleagues are correct, then it
follows that we should be looking for ways to reduce our population, not
increase it. Other countries will have to do likewise. “Energy alternatives”
have their own consequences. Already, soaring prices for farm goods, driven by
the demand for crop-based fuels, are starting to push up the price of food
around the world. One example: CEC Entertainment, owner of the Chuck E.
Cheese’s pizza chain, reports that the cost of almost every ingredient in their
popular pizzas will rise because of the shift to corn-based ethanol. Wheat
prices are expected to rise as farmers devote more acreage to corn. Cattle,
chickens, and hogs feed on corn. And corn-syrup is a key ingredient in tomato
sauce. Prof. Michael Plain of the
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