I’ve heard a lot of BS over the years from the right-wing think tanks which are springing up in the wake of the Fraser Institute, spinning gibberish to advance privatization and deregulation. But I have to say, I really never imagined it would come to this:
We are nowhere near to running out of natural resources. Human creativity and financial resources together will ensure a continued supply of all the resources we need. The exact form those resources will take cannot be known today, however. It relies on future innovations, which are, by their nature, unpredictable because they will be the fruit of our imagination and curiosity. That is why the human mind is the greatest natural resource of all.
That’s Brian Lee Crowley, of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, the think tank movement’s new branch plant in Ottawa. In this article he argues not only that we haven’t reached peak oil, which is an understandable sentiment, but that there is no need to have a resource conservation policy ever, because we will never run out of a valuable resource. If this isn’t a religious faith, I don’t know what is. Such irrational garbage has no place in the thinking of what claims to be an independent, non-partisan, evidence-based analysis. History is full of examples of cultures that did exactly that. And promptly perished.
Updated: Even worse, the MLI’s website discusses the “mistaken premise that fossil fuels are finite.” That’s right, folks. They’re infinite! Good Lord…Tweet