The day before that whopper, one Jonah Lehrer wrote this:
[E]very innovation eventually leads to new shortages. We clear-cut forests, and so we turn to oil; once we exhaust our fossil-fuel reserves, we’ll start driving electric cars, at least until we run out of lithium.
Yes, sure, Jonah and Jonah’s editors, that’s exactly how electric cars work: The lithium in their batteries does what petroleum does in regular cars. Vroom, vroom!