But "Sunny days when the wind is blowing" energy alone can not power an industrial-technological civilization, which requires 24x7 energy.
I get the impression that destroying our industrial-technological civiliation is considered a feature, not a bug, by many.
The rest are arithmetic deniers.
Besides, the developing world is not going to go back to the subsistence economy they've just begun emerging from. "Been there, done that, didn't like it."
When Comcast rolled out the new cable modems in San Jose, they not only increased the bandwidth of the internet connection, they also removed the cap. At some point "real soon now", I expect some of the traffic on the Comcast side of the cable coming into my house will, theoretically, occasionally be used by someone driving by with the wifi enabled on their cell phone. I see enough "Xfinity WiFi Hotspots" on my own phone when driving around that I spect they're already starting this.
It seems to be a reasonable tradeoff for a considerably faster connection to the internet, and no longer having to worry about the bandwidth cap. (Which I never had gotten very close to, anyway, but it's nice that it's no longer an issue.
As for security, I set the Comcast's wifi up as my guest network, and everything I care about inside the house is firewalled off on the other side of my own router, running DD-WRT, with a different wifi password. I'm not any less secure than I was before.
There was a classic Analog story by that name ages ago, a decade or so before "Jurassic Park"... Somebody (deceased, alas) thought it would be a good idea to clone a T-Rex. Hijinks ensue.
"At this point, the subject was approximately three stories tall, as evidenced by the lack of damage and fatalities above the third floor."
Every now and then, I need to sort a stack of a few dozen numbered envelopes in numerical order. The first two digits are the same (year) and the last two digits go up to 70-something.
I once used quicksort, but found it too cumbersome for the task at hand.
What I do now is just deal them into piles by the second digit. Each stack is small enough that it's easy to just eyeball-sort them, starting with the 0 stack and ending at the 7 stack.
Uranium "running out" is hundreds or a thousand years away -- assuming we abandon the insanely wasteful "Once through and throw most of the fuel away" cycle. That doesn't count extracting uranium from sea water, which the Japanese demonstrated back in the 70s could be done with an ion exchange process for a few hundred dollars a pound in 1970s dollars. And then there's thorium...
The omni-obstructionists and the arithmetic denialists oppose any energy source -- that's any energy source -- that risks allowing the continuing of technological civilization. If it threatens to provide enough energy, it will be opposed. Every tiime. See Paul Erlich's editorial expressing horror at the possibility that there might have been something to cold fusion back in the 80s.
Detroit's problems can't be fixed by just saying "Oh, the poor people, let's throw billions of dollars at them." Detroit's problems are like the problems of a meth addict. You can't help the meth addict by giving him money for more meth. You have to get him off the meth first -- which means, he has to want to get off the meth; if he wants to keep doing meth, sad to say, there is no help for him. That's just grim reality
Helping the people of Detroit is going to require fixing Detroit's endemic problems, but there's no significant constituencey in Detroit for fixing the problems. Fixing the problems are going to be masively unpopular in Detroit, resulting in either abject failure of the attempt, or constant shrieks of "That un-Democratic!!"
I don't see it among those who loudly and continuously complain about CO2. The most they will allow is "sunny days when the wind is blowing" energy, not anything capable of powering a 24x7 365.24 days per year industrial economy. That is, nuclear.
Yes, there are exceptions. James Hansen is one. They are, however, very few and far between. Most of the people "oh so concerned about CO2" are also shrieking technophobes whenever nuclear is mentioned.
Because you haven't "upgraded". The old Google Maps had this feature (I think you had to enable it from "Labs"), but they took it out of the new maps.
They also removed the "Select a rectangle and zoom to it" feature.
For both of those reasons, I downgraded back to the old one. I have no interest whatsoever in "upgrading" unless and until those features are put back.
That's all I see of these web pages that are nothing but flash -- a big blank nothing, and a little icon telling me that NoScript has blocked something.
At that point, I decide just how interested I am in the content of the page after all. Usually, the answer is "Not interested enough", and I close the tab.
There's a lot of bad stuff already in that general area.
Google Maps satellite view of the Yucca Flats area: http://goo.gl/maps/y7DcV
Each of those craters is an nuclear bomb crater, with fission products and residual plutonium completely uncontained, except by the fact that they're underground.
The waste at Yucca Mountain, by contrast, would have been very stringently contained, mixed with molten glass and cast into solid lumps, inside concrete and steel casks. Not just sitting inside a hole in the bottom of a crater.