17 Jan '12, 12am

David Fleming's delightful "Lean Logic" among 10 books recommended to the new Italian Prime Minister:

When the new Italian Prime Minister, Mr. Mario Monti, gave his acceptance speech to the Italian Senate before Christmas, he used the word "growth" 28 times and the word "energy" - well, zero times. Why would this supposed technocrat neglect even to mention the biophysical basis of the world's economy? Well, Mr Monti is better described as a theocrat, than a technocrat. His main job is to keep us all believing in the impossible: an economy that expands to infinity in a finite world. It's important that we stay mesmerised: once we stop believing in his his make-believe world it will all come crashing down. Perhaps that's what happening now. I've spent the last couple of weeks immersed in a pile of texts on what actuaries, physicists, and mathematicians have to say about the relationship between the economy and energy. [My homework is for a talk I'm giving in Philly at the en...

Full article: http://www.energybulletin.net/stories/2012-01-09/reading-...

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