The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality

The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality, by Richard Heinberg

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You know you have a problem when both political parties, and every economist and media pundit is debating how to best achieve something not physically possible.

As obvious as it may seem, though it rarely discussed on television, you can not sustain an growth-based economy on a finite planet. Our current system is entirely dependent on a growing economy, which requires infinite oil, infinite energy availability, infinite soil, infinite potable water… too bad there’s only so much oil, so much cheap energy, so much fertile soil and so much water that can keep this train charging.

Thus the question becomes, at what point is the party over? Which will be the first resource to deplete to the point our economy shuts down? When will our food supply, consumer goods and population cease to grow? This book compares the current resource supply to consumption rates, and offers this answer: the end of growth is now.

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