alexchamberlain wrote: Where are the solutions to the world's energy problems, for instance?
To be fair, we currently have total solutions to the world's energy problems... except that the means has been really demonized by people who don't understand it
That and it costs a truckload of money to build an energy plant, especially one that isn't coal. So there are lots of discouragements from building new coal power plants to meet rising demand (and I'm a-okay with that!
), nuclear power is considered the devil (a very expensive devil at that!), solar requires too much land for too little payoff (unless you're Israel and distribute the grid across everyone's roof), which effectively leaves you with wind. It get's great publicity, relatively cheap to set up, relatively small amounts of land required... still a fairly poor payoff, but upkeep is very low cost so it makes it monetarily worth while, and everyone collectively turns a blind eye to the fact it increases erosion and kill massive amounts of migratory birds since it's "green"
So you see that there *is* a solution. It's just expensive and can't get political backing. So they throw some coliseum games our way and hope that no one cares that they play the violin while Rome burns
*whew* I think that used up my yearly allotment of cynicism!