Worth a read – as well as the follow-up article (Part II). We had a discussion at dinner last night on the energy water nexus as it relates to fracking. We are delaying an inevitable move away from exploiting finite resources by putting our water resources at risk, which are likely the next to come under pressure, in order to extract the last of our fossil fuel resources.
Originally posted on Gigaom:
The principal challenge of this century, in my view, will be adapting to a life without abundant, cheap fossil fuels. It has been the lifeblood of our society, and turns out to have some really fantastic qualities. The jury is still out as to whether we will develop suitable, and affordable replacements.
But additional challenges loom in parallel. Water is very likely to be one of them, which is especially pertinent in my region. For true believers in the universality of substitution, let me suggest two things. First, come to terms with the finite compactness of the periodic table. Second, try substituting delicious H2O with H2O2. It has an extra oxygen atom, and we all know that oxygen is a vital requisite for life, so our new product will be super-easy to market. Never-mind the hydrogen peroxide taste, and the death that will surely visit anyone foolish enough to adopt this substitution. Sometimes we’re just stuck without substitutes.