Thoughts on Long-Term Energy Supplies: Scientists and the Silent Lie
by Prof. Al Bartlett
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The most sacred icon in the "religion" of the US economic scene is steady growth of
the gross national product, enterprises, sales, and profits. Many people believe that
such economic growth requires steady population growth. Although physicists
address the problems that result from a ballooning population - such as energy
shortages, congestion, pollution, and dwindling resources - their solutions are starkly
deficient. Often, they fail to recognize that the solutions must involve stopping
Physicists understand the arithmetic of steady, exponential growth. Yet they ignore its consequences, including the first law of sustainability: "Population growth or growth in the rate of consumption of resources cannot be [indefinitely] sustained."...
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