What will we do when oil is depleted?

Re: “Victoria streets wait decades for repair,” letter, Sept. 2.

The letter-writer noted the poor condition of Victoria’s 260 kilometres of streets and how it will take well over 100 years to resurface them at current rates of renewal.

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At the current rates of consuming the world’s oil, that means there will be no bitumen available to make the asphalt in 100 years.

Whether we build another pipeline or not, we need to start thinking about how we will replace cheap hydrocarbons we currently use for so many things in our modern society.

The problem is not when we renew our streets, but how we do it after all the cheap hydrocarbons are used up. Environmentalists and every consumer should be asking: “What is our Plan B?”

Jim Knock


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