Green Futures has an interview with Lester Brown and Brown has a neat take on the current state of the human relationship with how we use the environment.
Sound business sense, says Brown. â€œUnlike the Texan oil fields, thereâ€™s no way theyâ€™re going to deplete the wind! So when you build the infrastructure â€“ the wind farms, the transmission lines and so on â€“ youâ€™re basically there for the long haul. Sure youâ€™ll have to replace parts from time to time, but once itâ€™s there, it can last as long as the Earth itself.â€
And once you make that decisive shift to renewables, he adds, you start benefiting from all kinds of positive feedback loops. â€œFor example, in the US, we use [a huge amount of] freight fuel to transport coal. If you phase out coal, you have a dramatic drop in diesel fuel use, and an associated fall in carbon emissions. Itâ€™s the same with water. If you have wind farms in place of thermal power plants (whether coal, gas or nuclear), water demand drops precipitously.â€