A comic with two characters: a girl wearing a yellow shirt with a star on it, and a funny cartoon polar bear. Character 1 says: 'OK, OK, I get it! We humans have to reduce our resource consumption! It's just that it's, you know, really hard...' Character 2 says: 'It's not actually a choice, you know. Soon the fossil fuels will run out, and then all your machines will be worthless hunks of metal and plastic!' Character 1 says: 'I think that's a little harsh. We face many challenges, but it's not as though our entire industrial civilization is going to collapse.' Character 2 says: 'No?' Character 1 says: 'We can transition to solar, wind, and wave power.' Character 2 says: 'Sure you can. Except that all your machines depend on either gasoline, or on grid electricity.' Character 1 says: 'So? We can switch over to renewable fuels.' Character 2 says: 'It's not that easy. You can't just strap a solar panel to the roof of your car when gasoline gets too expensive.' Character 1 says: 'So... you're saying we need to build cars that run on solar power or whatever right now, not wait until the oil runs out.' Character 2 says: 'Exactly. All your machines need fossil fuels. To switch to renewable energy sources you need to build completely different machines!' Character 1 says: 'But the machines we use to build new machines also depend on fossil fuels. I get it. Industrial technology is complicated.' Character 2 says: 'Indeed. You can't just unplug oil and plug in solar panels. Frankly I don't think your high-tech way of life will last any longer than the oil does.' Character 1 says: 'So you really think we humans are going to just mindlessly keep on building fossil fuel-dependent infrastructure until the fuel runs out?' Character 2 says: 'Yup, pretty much. Sorry, were you expecting me to say something comforting?'

It’s not actually a choice

 A comic with two characters: a girl wearing a yellow shirt with a star on it, and a funny cartoon polar bear. Character 1 says: 'OK, OK, I get it! We humans have to reduce our resource consumption! It's just that it's, you know, really hard...' Character 2 says: 'It's not actually a choice, you know. Soon the fossil fuels will run out, and then all your machines will be worthless hunks of metal and plastic!' Character 1 says: 'I think that's a little harsh. We face many challenges, but it's not as though our entire industrial civilization is going to collapse.' Character 2 says: 'No?' Character 1 says: 'We can transition to solar, wind, and wave power.' Character 2 says: 'Sure you can. Except that all your machines depend on either gasoline, or on grid electricity.' Character 1 says: 'So? We can switch over to renewable fuels.' Character 2 says: 'It's not that easy. You can't just strap a solar panel to the roof of your car when gasoline gets too expensive.' Character 1 says: 'So... you're saying we need to build cars that run on solar power or whatever right now, not wait until the oil runs out.' Character 2 says: 'Exactly. All your machines need fossil fuels. To switch to renewable energy sources you need to build completely different machines!' Character 1 says: 'But the machines we use to build new machines also depend on fossil fuels. I get it. Industrial technology is complicated.' Character 2 says: 'Indeed. You can't just unplug oil and plug in solar panels. Frankly I don't think your high-tech way of life will last any longer than the oil does.' Character 1 says: 'So you really think we humans are going to just mindlessly keep on building fossil fuel-dependent infrastructure until the fuel runs out?' Character 2 says: 'Yup, pretty much. Sorry, were you expecting me to say something comforting?'

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