Thursday, January 21, 2016

Weather, Water, and Markets


The three story headers you see below came from NBCnews.com. The question you need to be asking yourself is: What do they all have in common?

The same operating system that doesn't handle any of them very well, and which actually works to exacerbate them in the first place.

You needn't think very long on this to see why. Extreme weather? Market instabilities? Resource shortages? The plain fact of the mater is that a cost based economy not only thwarts any efforts to address solutions, it ensures that each of the three questions just asked will interact with each other to give each more impact, as well as to make each even more difficult to address.

And lest you think that cheap oil now is a contradiction to this assertion just remember that it is cheap now only because it was so expensive a short time ago. And a short time from now it will be expensive again. And down the not so distant road it will become more expensive than gold if we don't get off it, and all the other fossil fuels soon.

And lets also not forget that Extreme Weather, Market Instabilities, and Resource Shortages will also create all sorts of social instabilities which will again interact with these, and themselves to put even more stress on a system that won't handle a great deal more.