The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0163 Thursday, 22 January 2004
Date: Wednesday, 21 Jan 2004 07:36:24 -0600
Subject: 15.0148 Important Changes to the World Shakespeare
Comment: RE: SHK 15.0148 Important Changes to the World Shakespeare
Clifford Stetner's "apocalyptic" comment on the idea that the world's
supply of oil and natural gas will run out inside half a century is, I
think, misplaced. On the one hand, I have doubts that it will. On the
other hand, it won't make the slightest difference. The reason why we
continue to run on petroleum is because it is extraordinarily cheap and
has a vast structure of production and delivery in place. Of course, it
also has immense political influence, including (you may not believe
this) the White House! As it becomes too costly it will be replaced by
any one of several energy sources already known, or by another one not
dreamed of yet.
As Calvin Coolidge once said, "The business of America is business,"
that is, "creating necessities and then supplying them to the suckers
for a profit."
Or in the words of an environmentalist friend, "If giant corporations
could control the Sunday, we would have solar power overnight."
Don't throw away your computer just yet.
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