I try to run a tight ship on comments, keeping discussion focused on the post topic, and in accordance with the discussion policy. But I sympathize with those who want to go off-road, since the overall topic is vast and has many threads—and I have not discussed some major components of the story yet. So as a holiday gift to Do the Math readers, I open here a discussion forum open to all topics involving growth, energy, fossil fuels, renewables, nuclear, demand and behaviors, societal hurdles, political facets, visions of the future, etc. This is your chance to express the big-picture points that may not fit within the narrow confines of ordinary on-topic discussions.
I will reject only comments that I deem to be uncivil, too far from Do the Math concerns, or so lengthy that I don’t have time to screen them (and long screeds also discourage readers and are therefore less likely to be read). If you’re tempted to write a long essay, I highly recommend starting a blog of your own (it’s not really that hard). Then you can summarize a thesis in a few sentences and point to the larger content elsewhere. So there you have it—now go nuts!