“We have only two modes—complacency and panic.”
05 Sep 2010
I’ve been talking with some researchers about why there hasn’t been more work to develop realistic alternatives to fossil fuels, and they talk about the heyday of the 1970s. “The party lasted until Reagan came to office in 1980,” one told me.
So James Schlesinger‘s quote—”We have only two modes—complacency and panic”—does seem to be true.
I wish we were more panicked now than we are. But that’s what this blog is all about: trying to build panic—I mean, motivation—to find ways to live without so much reliance on fossil fuels.
By the way, I got this quote of Schlesinger’s off Energy Bulletin, from an article titled “Peak Oil Blindness.”
On the topic of peak oil, Schlesinger has another key quote: “the battle is over, the peakists have won.”