Last week The New York Times ran an interesting special section on the topic of energy.
The lead article, “There Will Be Fuel,” touched as much on the human-behavior element associated with energy solutions, as it did on the technical. That is, we especially worry about developing a comprehensive energy infrastructure when we fear that our existing supply is threatened. Otherwise, we tend to exhale and wait for the next crisis.
In other words, we wake up on a cold morning to find that our car battery is dead. We get a jump from the next-door neighbor and don’t bother to replace the battery. Two weeks later, the temperature is below freezing, we’re at Aunt Gracie’s house 30 miles from home for Sunday dinner and when we’re ready to come home the battery is dead in the water and no matter how much voltage we pump into it the car won’t start. We panic.
The world faces many challenging crises. It always has no matter the time in history. Energy continues to be one of them. When it comes to energy we can’t let our guard down, even if we realize that the existing supply is more abundant than we feared.