How does this discussion impact archaeology, in e.g. making long term plans
or furbishing buildings, or starting a business?
The question boils down to a difference of opinion on whether we should
"choose to be green" and therefore those in archaeology should be Green. Or
whether the depletion of oil and gas will force us to reduce energy
consumption, as energy prices rise with the likelihood of economic
What we both agree on is that energy will be a major issue, and
archaeologists should plan to use less energy in future. Nick would maintain
this is a choice, I would maintain that energy prices will rise so that we
have no choice.
Under Nick's model we will all carry on living as we are now, visitors will
continue to visit Historical monuments, and we will magically invent solar
powered electric cars that can travel further than a milkfloat (dig!)
Under my projections, we will see increasing oil and gas prices, a series of
economic crisis and perhaps a substantial reduction in leisure activities
such as visiting remote historical monuments. There is also an increased
likelihood of world political crisis.
Both of us are talking about a 20+ year time period.
What does it mean? I don't know if Nick would agree, but I planning new
buildings & longer projects, I would assume all energy prices (petrol,
heating and electricity) will double** over the next 10-20 years.
**based on elasticity of demand, the price of renewables life off-shore
wind, etc. The highest increases will occur in crude oil prices, but as we
already have high taxes on petrol at the pump, the relative price increase
will be lower. Gas (our main fuel for heating) is the next major concern as
North Sea gas will be completely exhausted in this period. There are however
alternatives like coal-gas. Electricity is the easiest fuel to replace, and
I think both Nick and me agree that the number of windmills will
dramatically increase over the next few years.
> -----Original Message-----
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> Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] Heritage & carbon emissions
> Hello Mike
> you said below
> I would be interested to know which of Friends fo the Earth Policies
> are unsustainable
> replying off list as this is not archaeological!
> best wishes
> Nick Boldrini
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> You may as well ask why we have an environmental policy that is
> unsustainable (sustainability means a balance between environment,
> AND economy and our renewable policy does nothing to create jobs in
> economies and indeed destroys them by impacting tourism - we literally
> an unsustainable renewable energy policy!)
> So, why should archaeologists be sustainable when Friends of the
> policies aren't?
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