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Regarding economic doom:

I don't have the best understanding of this, so please bear with me. I've been hearing about how debt levels are out of control, unsustainable, etc. I get that unpaid/defaulted debt is bad thing. What I don't get is some aspects of this relationship between energy and debt. I understand that adding more debt allowed more investment in extracting expensive energy. I get that reversing that process would likely mean the opposite. However, I don't understand why people wouldn't abandon that system in order to get more energy. How can something like debt or credit, which are essentially imaginary, determine the physical availability of a tangible resource? Why would the world collectively say, "We can't get more of this real stuff since we have lost our faith in these human created concepts"?

Sorry if I'm not making much sense. It might be better if I just ignore these things completely.

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