Last week I began work on an outline for a book that maybe I should have written five years ago. That is, an investigation of whether the challenges of energy/development/climate are soluble, and if so - rhetoric and imagining aside - who is doing the most useful work, and how?
Conversing with Mark Lynas on 14 July, the "peak oil" thing came up. I repeated that I thought this idea was an intellectual virus - likely not relevant on the timescale of the challenge. Made a reference to a column I wrote in Jan 2004, Running on Empty.
Looking at it again, does the threefold challenge squeezed in at the end of the column suggest a structure?
Probably not, but it may help.