9. Technological Optimism

9) Carrying on with business-as-usual, assuming that technology will emerge to save us is optimistic to the point of irresponsibility.  This is a good place to invoke The Precautionary Principle.  No doubt new technologies will emerge to help us through the coming transition to sustainability, but we are facing some serious challenges and there is no guarantee that technology will make this an easy transition.  Technological optimism IS NOT a sound basis for public policy.

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