Monday, October 5, 2015

Brookings Institution sums up the growth position very succintly

Brookings Institution: "With the world’s population forecast to rise by 1.6 billion people by 2035, do we really think global oil demand won’t continue to rise? While I recognize that we must do everything to limit the growing use of fossil fuels to attack climate change, do we really have no moral obligation to help countries emerge from poverty, which will almost certainly involve continued use of fossil fuels?"
This is the growth position well stated:
  • We need more oil to "help poor people"
  • The fact that our system wastes oil is not worth mentioning
And later on, a key point
  • If US doesn't drill in the arctic, Russia will
  • Also not worth mentioning... encourage falling birth rate
The article is right about one thing. With business-as-usual, liquid fuel shortages are imminent.

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