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Ralph Dratman

What a pity our planet ended up with such extensive deposits of reduced carbon. This was a failure of recyling. With so much available free energy stuck beneath the surface, some life form inevitably was bound to evolve to dissipate it. Sadly, we happen to be that life form.

The result would not be so bad if it weren't for the gradual positive feedback cycle created when ancient free energy is used to liberate even more stored free energy. The energy of coal was used to mine more coal. The energy released from oil is used in increasingly prodigious quantities in order to extract more and more oil.

Such an exponential growth cycle cannot go on forever, but our fossil fuel extraction cycle seems to be continuing long enough to cause a lot of damage to Earth's biosphere.

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