Friday, November 20, 2015

Kunstler at TEDxAlbany on 'The Long Emergency' as of 2010

As I mentioned in Graphic shows U.S. oil production has increased dramatically under Obama, I'm showing my students "The End of Suburbia" again.  That reminded me of a promise I made in Discussing Kunstler for the fourth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News.
Kunstler himself posted a follow up to his TED talk at TEDxAlbany.  I plan on posting that in a future entry, too.  Stay tuned.
Today is as good an opportunity as any to share that video, so with no further ado, I present How Do You Like the Long Emergency So Far? Jim Kunstler at TEDxAlbany 2010.

James Howard Kunstler may be the world's most outspoken critic of suburban sprawl. He believes the end of the fossil fuels era will soon force a return to smaller-scale, agrarian communities -- and an overhaul of the most destructive features of postwar society.
Right now, with oil relatively cheap and abundant and times in the U.S. being relatively good, it's harder to listen to Kunstler's ideas, but oil is still a finite resource and the climate is still warming, both of which will threaten economy and society, climate now, energy (again) later.  As for banking imploding, that may happen (again) later rather than sooner.  The financial and energy crisis that made Kunstler salient has receded.  Just the same, the next crisis is coming, which will make him more relevant again.  Keep paying attention.

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