Item of General Interest
March 10. I will be in China for four weeks, teaching at the China University of Petroleum in Beijing. I am leaving on March 13, and plan to return April 11.
With the assistance of others, I may be able to put up posts while I am away. I will probably not be available to comment as much, though.
Monthly Archives: August 2011
Theoretically, we have a very large amount of resources of many kinds available–oil, natural gas, coal, uranium, gold, fresh water. There is a relatively small amount of high quality, inexpensive-to-extract resources, and we tend to extract those first. From there, … Continue reading
The issues we are confronted with today seem to be a subset of the issues foretold in the book Limits to Growth back in 1972. At some point, the economy cannot continue to grow as rapidly as it did in the past. … Continue reading
People wonder what has been happening recently, with wildly gyrating financial markets and government debt problems. It seems to me that we are bumping up against an economic growth ceiling, brought on by a limited supply of cheap oil. As … Continue reading
Back in the 1960s and 1970s, the country that was the “big growth story” was the Soviet Union. Its oil consumption grew by leaps and bounds. Its space program grew; its military program grew; and it became much more industrialized. But … Continue reading