Sure, we publish exclusively on the Inter-webs. We use Facebook and Twitter and we feel guilty for not doing more with Google+ yet. And we see that technology can be useful, within limits. But we also don’t worship the golden calf of the techno-fix.
This causes us no end of spats with our friends.
For example, friends with mainstream environmental groups who promote the green economy. Sure, we love solar panels. But we don’t think any amount of clean energy can replace all the cheap fossil fuels the world uses today, which means our real job today is how to conserve energy and still live well. And while we agree with our friends in the Zeitgeist movement that today’s financial and political system is set up to destroy the planet, we don’t share their enthusiasm for glassed-in cities run by scientists as the solution.
Then, when it comes to profiteers hyping perpetual-motion energy ideas that sound too good to be true, we can’t help ourselves from taking them to task. In the end, we’re old fashioned. We believe in people more than machines.
So the subject of today’s book review, Techno-Fix: Why Technology Won’t Save Us or the Environment, was made for Transition Voice. We hope it will get you thinking about the proper role of technology to deal with peak oil, climate change and an economy that’s got to move beyond growth.
We like technology. But we don’t worship it.
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