In his Commentary, Crowley discusses the mistaken premise that fossil fuels are finite. He says, “It may be true that there is a finite quantity of such resources in the earth’s crust, but that does not mean that we will ever run out.” An excerpt of his reasoning below:
Why? Because human intelligence and ingenuity have consistently and repeatedly unlocked technological and scientific advances that have raised the standard of living of each generation compared to its predecessor, while increasing the ability of human society to support larger numbers of people and increasing the carrying capacity of the planet.
The Commentary also sparked a debate in the June 4th edition of the Vancouver Sun where journalist Derek Wilson responds to MLI’s May 28th article. He argues that “while the Macdonald-Laurier Institute article may be right that we are not on the cusp of peak oil, we still have to shrink our use of fossil fuels in order to mitigate climate destabilization.”