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As a society, we are at the mercy of the Earth and her life-supporting systems. Our technological support systems are fragile, inefficient, often obsolete, and they use voraciously the fossil energy resources we do not have. We need to slow down and take stock of where we are vis-`a-vis the current and emerging energy supply systems. This initial analysis will be our reference and a starting point for further deliberations. We need to learn how to mimic natural systems in their ability to produce and conserve energy and recycle all wastes. In nature everything is connected; all parts of every system exert reciprocal controls onto one another (Lovelock, 1988). Nature is dynamic, but likes to operate in steady cycles.