Long-time listeners will recognize Eric Boyd as the loyal C-Realm opposition on the topic of Peak Oil and collapse. Eric has appeared on the C-Realm and C-Realm Vault podcasts for years as the person who offers friendly, calm push-back against the PO collapse narrative. Now the KMO has put some distance between himself and collapse, it seems like a good time to check back in with Eric to compare notes.
KMO welcomes Eric Boyd back to the program to discuss possibilities for kicking the energy can down the road with cold fusion. Friend of the C-Realm, Joe S. joins the conversation to represent the viewpoint that free energy could be bad news, as it would allow humans to continue the project of constructing global dominance hierarchies and despoiling the biosphere. KMO plays a clip of Jeremy Rifkin talking about the ideas in his book The Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis. Rifkin claims that advancing communications technology has allowed humans to expand the sphere of beings with whom they identify and for whom they feel empathy. With more time and energy at our disposal, might humans come to extend our empathic concern to include the entire biosphere? The conversation concludes with a discussion of the potential impact of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Music by Alexandre Tannous and Simon G. Powell.