Sunday, April 14, 2013
The Myth of Economic Growth
Today I found an interview on Truthout: Power Shift Away From Green Illusions, with Ozzie Zehner, author of Green Illusions: The Dirty Secrets of Clean Energy and the Future of Environmentalism.
They're not really secrets, of course. We've known for a long time that alternative energy sources are dependent on fossil fuel energy sources, that our present level of energy use, consumption and economic growth cannot be sustained in a world of finite resources. We've even known that solar and wind power are not amenable to centralized collection and distribution and there is no way we can sustain our present society on renewable energy alone.
The future is not more. The future is less.
Less energy. Less growth. Fewer people. Less consumption.
It's inevitable. That which cannot go on forever, won't.
It's good to read a book (a free chapter is available on Zehner's web site), that lays this all out very logically, in a readable and entertaining volume. He also makes the case for a rational, science-based approach to moving toward a steady state economy based on a smaller population and reduced per capita consumption.
My wife and I lowered our standard of living and increased our quality of life over ten years ago.
The Myth of Economic Growth stops right here at home.