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Jay Hanson, founder of Peak Oil series, dies after diving

I have just learned, regretfully, of the death of Jay Hanson. My first report was that it occurred in a diving accident. Subsequently it has been clarified that he fell ill after diving, and died that night. Jay Hanson lived in Hawaii. He was the founder of multiple energy resources or peak oil lists from the 1990s, starting with the incredibly popular Dieoff website and DieOff list which looked at peak oil, population numbers, and scarcity. An intermediate list was Killer Ape-Peak Oil. The last list of which we are aware was [America2Point0] which Hanson closed 'until further notice' on 20 December 2016. Hanson was teetotal for many years and studied evolutionary psychology. He believed that humans would be ultimately unable to deal with resource scarcity or human induced climate change because they could not cope with major environmental and evolutionary problems involving themselves.

Wayburn contra Hanson

Both Jay Hanson and Tom Wayburn have submitted plans for political change to mitigate the worst effects of Peak Oil and save the world from Dieoff. Some time ago when they were friends, they both agreed to "die with their boots on" - as the saying goes. Since then, Jay has expelled Tom from some of his groups and Tom has resigned from the rest. This post deals with their differences and why Wayburn considers Hanson's plan infeasible as a permanent solution unless it evolves into Wayburn's plan.

This post can be viewed at http://dematerialism.net/hanson.htm where all references are hyperlinked in the text, and at http://candobetter.org/node/199, the Peak Oil Politics forum, under a slightly different title.

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