To the Editor:
Considering that the burning of fossil hydrocarbons, with all its ramifications on the planet, will likely continue for decades to come, is The Question of the 21st Century, can technology solve the difficulties it has created? If there is an analogy in asking, will the financial sector repair the calamity it created? the odds on correction appear slim. There are times I think the people I saw gathering firewood with their three-wheeled pedi-cycles along a freeway in Yucatan may be more insightful futurists than all our high tech gurus combined. Sustainability is a word certain to be overused in the coming years in reference to food production, but, wakening to a world of limited resources, a prime concern will be, what are appropriate, viable, and sustainable means and levels of energy production and consumption? This should be the first focus of industry, science, and government. The rest is just window dressing.