RE: RE: "post-scarcity"? sorry
Both photovoltaic and wind power statisfy those conditions, to name a few commodity technologies. Also, the raw energy (i.e., energy not embodied as finished products) market you're talking about will probably be one of the last ones to switch, after mass-production of generators for said types of power reaches the triviality stage.
Rubbish. Photovoltaic has more scope for growth, as it's relatively easier to predict, but national grids (such as the Irish one) can end up refusing to take power from wind, as it's tremendously unstable; surged are unpredictable, and when it's needed it can drop off. People don't realise that most grids are under pressure to supply and are at or near capacity more than we'd like - and managing the power on the grid is critical to meeting that supply. Countries would have to spend tens to hundreds of billions on redesigning their grids entirely, and even then the instability of wind makes it a hard option to use.
I agree that renewables should be the solution - the trick is finding a way to make them usable!!!
Silver and gold are /not/ goods that are ``consumed'', since at product EOL they are recycled. However, to prevent ultimate shortage, we need to make molecular (or similar) assemblers a viable technology. Again, it will take some time, albeit not as long as the reformation of the raw energy market.
Rubbish. They are consumed in manufacture, and as it costs too much the majority of chips, cards, motherboards, etc are NOT environmentally recycled. Instead toxic chemicals leach into landfills, while silver and gold price up.
When technology improves, many goods will be available locally at a far lower cost and do not need to be shipped. Also, alternative propulsion methods (such as Ion Drive technology, to name a rather prominent example in the ``deployed world'') will become more viable for aircraft to use. And heck, if we can build space 'vators, why can't we build tunnels linking all continents, as well? It's just a matter of time.
You're living in star trek, buddy. Replicators? Ion Drives? And no, noone is building a space elevator right now. The technology isn't ready, the cost is astronomical (no pun intended), the ROI isn't there at all, and (not to sound liek an american) there's a real target for you - what mass wouldn't spin off into space after a severance due to explosion or whatever would come carshing back down leeward of rotation, devestating anything it hits.