Hi Lewis (and others). Fun topics for conversation, all around. I saw your piece in the NYC today and thoroughly enjoyed it, as well as some of the posts on your site. Here's my question/thought, prompted by the Deep Water Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico a few years back: If civilization topples, what will stop the many hundreds of deep water oil rigs from eroding, collapsing and leaking out oceans of oil? Would anything stop that from happening? It was so interesting to watch us attempt to close just a single hole with all the tools civilization can provide. And we've drilled ever so many. Would anything stop the holes from leaking if there was no civ around to plug them? I think the rigs are built with auto-stop plugs but clearly those don't necessarily work as planned. Which then brings up the question of how long it would take before a bacteria found a way to thrive on oil and simply ate it all up.
Anywho, fun times. Best of luck with the book release,
medical student, Wake Forest University, NC