Via Scoop.itThe Great Transition
“The energy-complexity spiral occurs because the availability of abundant, inexpensive energy permits increased complexity. Complexity has the advantage of allowing society to solve more problems, but it has the disadvantage of being more costly–that is requiring more energy for its creation. The need for more energy (and the fact that Energy Return on Energy Investment (EROEI) is declining) leads to a need for more complexity to obtain this additional energy, assuring that the cycle continues. With growing complexity, there is an increased risk of accidents that can be expected because of the complex nature of the system, but which are hard for participants to foresee.” The Oil Drum’s Gail Tverberg on a new book by Joseph Tainter and Tadeuse Patzek on the Gulf Oil spill, the connection between energy use and societal complexity and lessons for our energy future.
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