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July 28, 2013

Have you ever asked yourself where we'd be today without natural gas and other fossil fuels? No Industrial Revolution, No automobiles, No airplanes, No air conditioners, No dishwashers, and none of......

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DavidBross

Jul-29-13 7:03 AM

My examples were meant to show how essential these elements are. And the industrial revolution created untold misery for those who had to work and live near mines and factories that the revolution created because of the foul air and water these facilities created. I do believe that the increasing world population, combined with the increasing ability of that population to consume resources and create waste is a significant threat to clean air and water.

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ToTEXASfromPA

Jul-29-13 6:24 AM

DavidBross, your example is total elimination of air, water, and food. I am not aware of anyone trying to do this nor advocating it as a consequence of promoting unfettered technology advancement.

I was saying that the Industrial Revolution has lead to longer lives for people and that with it, there is a responsibility for understanding consequences and appropriately putting solutions in place.

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DavidBross

Jul-28-13 8:42 PM

A person can live minutes without air, days without water and weeks without food. If technology degrades those three elements needed for living, then technological advances are a two edged sword.

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ToTEXASfromPA

Jul-28-13 6:35 PM

"Anyway, human existence is more firmly tied to the need to have clean air, clean water, and clean food than any fuel or technological innovation."--DavidBross

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US life expectancy in 1890: ~43 years old

US life expectancy in current: ~78 years old

Maybe some of the technology to clean up exhausts from automobiles and power plants is working. Maybe we are learning more about the negative impacts of certain chemicals and doing a better job of controlling them instead of indiscriminently broadcasting or dumping them down the drain.

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MrShaman

Jul-28-13 3:27 PM

"Have you ever asked yourself where we'd be today without natural gas and other fossil fuels?" - Patricia Brobson

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We'd more-than-likely be growing our fuel.

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See:

Henry Ford & GW Carver Shared The Alternative Fuels Vision 75 Years Ago

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DavidBross

Jul-28-13 1:52 PM

Bobbie2, The increased production of food doesn't always mean clean food. Look back at our country in the late 1800s and early 1900s to see how clean the food produced by industry was. Anyway, human existence is more firmly tied to the need to have clean air, clean water, and clean food than any fuel or technological innovation. A house with all the modern conveniences is of little value if the air around it is foul or if the water supply to the house is undrinkable.

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DavidBross

Jul-28-13 10:42 AM

I think there will come a time when more and more people will wonder why we didn't ask ourselves: Where would we be without clean air, water, and food?

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Ritty77

Jul-28-13 8:11 AM

"How about you?"

Yes. Very good letter.

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gavinf56

Jul-28-13 6:57 AM

Good letter.

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