Monday, October 3, 2011

Geologist sounds alarm at appetite for resources

The United States and the rest of the world will face more daunting challenges than just finding cheap gas for our cars, according to geologist Vince Matthews.

Oil is just one of many natural resources the world is depleting in what has become a mad scramble not just for energy sources, but many critical minerals and metals, said Matthews, a UGA graduate who is now Colorado's state geologist.
The global scramble for resources is even pushing up food prices as the price of fertilizer goes through the roof, he said.

Combined with the United States' massive debt problems, the intensifying competition for resources spell an uncertain future for Americans in the next few years, Matthews said.

"If you think we're going to convert from fossil fuel to renewables in a short period of time -- it's just not going to happen," he said.

"I'm not really worried about 20 or 30 years from now, because we'll muddle through things. But for the next decade, we're not prepared," he said

Geologist sounds alarm at appetite for resources

Interesting! I never looked at it that way... that we'd suffer for a few years but then muddle through... and things would get better. We've been muddling through, though, for some time, and things are not getting better in my opinion.

1 comment:

  1. I think he is being optimistic. Probably we will need a huge drop in population to find a new balance.