684, Simon Michaux: Do Governments Understand Energy? How Unprepared Are We?
Simon is a mining engineer who both researches the minerals and mining necessary if we were to try powering our culture with various sources. His work has brought him to work with government teams, especially economists and politicians around the world.
He shares in our conversation that we will transition to a low-energy future, what it will take, and how little we have tried to figure out if we can do it. It’s worrying to hear how poorly we understand the problem, how unprepared we are now, and how poorly we are preparing ourselves.
What he shares is challenging to process considering the risk for catastrophe coming up. Situations like he describes is why I act so much. If you think scientists, engineers, politicians, or anyone understands the situation better than you and you can have faith people smarter than you will solve it, don’t hold your breath.
I don’t understand how people don’t take responsibility, prioritize solving these problems, and act.