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Most people in our time have faith in the ‘Church of Progress’. That faith is being sorely challenged by climate change, resource depletion and the other topics discussed at this site. Nevertheless faith in never-ending progress remains strong. And that faith is based on an assumption that technology will solve all our problems, that “they” will come up with something.

This faith is, by and large, misplaced. Properly applied technology can help slow down the rate of change and the impact of that change — but it is not likely to stop the trajectory. Therefore the church needs to point out that science and technology have reached an end point — new ways of thinking are needed.

 

In this section we examine some of the proposed technological “solutions” that we see discussed. Some basic questions are asked of each technology. They include:

 

  • Does it work, or is it still being developed? Nuclear fusion is an example of a technology that is still being at the basic research level.

  • Can it be implemented within the time we have available, say by the year 2050? Some technologies such as solar and wind power are established commercially. Others, such as geothermal, currently operate on a small scale, and probably cannot grow enough to have an impact. The article Episcopal Renewable Energy Proposal highlights some of the difficulties associated to do with high-sounding proposals that are not likely to be realistic.

  • Can we afford it, and can we afford it without needing government subsidies?

  • Does it generate revenue? Some technologies, such as carbon capture and sequestration, do not create a product or energy source that can be sold.

  • Some of the technologies that are being considered are discussed at this section of the site.