Item of General Interest
Nov. 5. I added a new 40 minute audio interview with Jim Kunstler to my Presentations/Podcasts page. The general topic is my views on Energy and the Economy.
I have also added the two new presentations that I have recently written up as posts to that page as well. These are Our Electricity Problem: Getting the Diagnosis Correct and Oops! The economy depends on an energy-related debt bubble.
Tag Archives: population
Humans live in equilibrium with other species in a finite world. In such a world, there is never really a Steady State. Instead, there is a constant ebb and flow. For a while, one species may be dominant in an … Continue reading
The tie between energy supply, population, and the economy goes back to the hunter-gatherer period. Hunter-gatherers managed to multiply their population at least 4-fold, and perhaps by as much as 25-fold, by using energy techniques which allowed them to expand … Continue reading
We talk about the possibility of reducing fossil fuel use by 80% by 2050 and ramping up renewables at the same time, to help prevent climate change. If we did this, what would such a change mean for GDP, based … Continue reading
There are seven billion people on earth now. I originally thought that the primary reason for the recent human population explosion was that fossil fuels enabled a larger food supply and better medicine, and thus a higher population. While the … Continue reading
This is a guest post by Dr. Gary Peters, author of Population Geography. The United Nations warned recently that the global consumption of natural resources could almost triple to 140 billion tons a year by 2050 unless nations take drastic … Continue reading