26 Oct '11, 12pm

Are We Reaching “Limits to Growth”?

It is amazing how far the invention of our economic system has brought us. Now that we have reached or are reaching the limits of our planet to support life however, the systems and methods developed by our parents and grandparents aren’t working any more. There are two possible outcomes I can imagine. One is that we discover another (well, several more, actually) easily exploitable planet(s) to strip mine. The other is that we start running out of stuff. Important stuff, without which life (human life at least) is no longer easy; then no longer comfortable, followed by no longer possible. The first choice is unlikely, so I am expecting the second result. These are really big changes. Some people may have a hard time thinking about them. In general I believe these ideas are strongly resisted but no longer ignorable. What startles me the most, though, is how many people and...

Full article: http://www.theoildrum.com/node/8530

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