I skimmed two pieces on how green tech is a myth, but neither seemed to touch on the possibility that all materials could be eventually recycled, nor were the pieces peer-reviewed science articles. Mostly I am asking about this article’s part 1: http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/anonymous-the-false-promise-of-green-technology
There seems to be a significant sense of intentional fearmongering about things like windmills killing birds (which could be solved with technology) or the toxicity of metals (also solvable through technology, they’re called hazmat suits) or that even recycling technology requires material input (currently looking into this, but it seems debatable). Recycling can also cause pollution, yes, but this seems like another thing that can be solved with technology.
In my ideal world there would be a finite number of resources used for industry and continuously recycled. As the survivor of a serious cancer (possibly due to random natural occurrences like cancers of the pre-industrial age) I cannot imagine a world without a pharmaceutical industry. I have seen something about “post-civ anarchists” who would support maintaining modern medicine (an idea I previously explored when I discovered primitivism). However, the comforts of modern living seem to great to just assume the most pessimistic result that all industry must end to save humanity.
Perhaps I am being optimistic, but a circular economy with key restrictions seems possible. I’m not an expert though, just a materials science student.