Originally Posted by zipppy
I don't think you're understanding what I'm saying.
Put another way: imagine that burning just 10 gallons of oil ruined our environment. The fact that oil will one day get too expensive to buy doesn't change the fact that the world would be ruined long before it got to that level.
The economics of resources do not dictate their impact on the world.
It's refreshing to read this since I agree with you 100%.
From a poker perspective, assuming that economics will balance everything out in terms of our use of oil vs. the amount of oil left in the world is like being in a live poker hand and relying simply on an EV calculation while ignoring all other factors.
There's way more to it than just economics.
In the future, methods like fracking (and probably even more dangerous methods than that) will be much more commonplace (likely necessary) once all of the "easy oil" is tapped out.
It's somewhat depressing to think about future generations regressing because of a few hundred years of us going all pyromaniac with the black blood of the earth.