Our national mindset seems to be, even with efforts at replacing fossil fuels with alternative energies and getting better gas mileage in our cars and other such incremental improvements in efficiency that the ultimate result will be to resume spending and growing like we always have on the upswing from a soured economy. That simply cannot happen. We’ve run up against the limits to growth-and-spend and the carbon economy. We can still have a satisfactory standard of living in future generations, but those standards …

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