Originally posted by apathist
Non-renewable resources run out.
Sure. But as I said, the vast majority of those are luxuries not essentials so we won't die, we will just have to live with less. The reality is though that there aren't that many non-renewables that are even essential for a particular lifestyle. There are usually replacements.
And the other reality is that the vast majority of the worlds population doesn't have those luxuries anyway. In fact if Trump ruins america, then problem solved.
Fossil fuels for example should not be allowed to run out because the the environmental damage they cause is a problem long before they are exhausted. Luckily wind and solar and other renewables are now cheaper anyway.
Almost all minerals can be found in easy to get places and hard to get places. When we run out of easy places then we ether start using a different mineral or go for the hard to get places. A surprising number of them are recyclable. Iron for example is extensively recycled.
Polluted air and water become poison.
True, but that is not permanent. Turn off the coal plants and the air will clear in days. Water takes longer depending on where we are talking about.
Unfair distribution leads to wwIII.
Now thats another topic. Unfair distribution has been the cause of more deaths than all wars put together and has happened regardless of actual available global supplies.
We all die one way or the other. Unless what now?
Unless we find a cure for ageing, yes, we all die. But apart from nukes, war never kills everyone. One side wins and lives to fight another day. Nukes yes, they worry me - especially with Trumps finger on the button. I just have to hope that it was Trump supporters that designed the system then I can be safe in the knowledge that the button doesn't actually work.