Looking at natural resources as limits to growth

World in our hands

Summary:  Previous posts about the future of economic growth in America have examined the drivers of growth. Today we look at the most commonly cited barrier to growth: a future scarcity of natural resources. Contents Doom by the year 2000 Predictions of resource scarcity Reality of ample supplies Why have we not run out? For … Continue reading Looking at natural resources as limits to growth

Recovering lost knowledge about exhaustion of the Earth’s resources (such as Peak Oil)

Summary:  One of the saddest aspects of the Internet is that it so often fails to make us smarter.  In a mutant version of Gresham's Law, loud amateurs too-often drown out the voices of experts.  Here we an excerpt from a 1975 book that tells us more about Peak Oil than a typical dozen posts … Continue reading Recovering lost knowledge about exhaustion of the Earth’s resources (such as Peak Oil)

A General explains how the Green Lantern Theory of Geopolitics will bring us victory in Afganistan

More exhortations to continue the course in "Losing the War of Exhaustion" by Mark T. Kimmitt (Brigadier General, US Army, retired), Foreign Policy, 21 September 2009 -- "It's not low troop levels that stand to defeat the United States in Afghanistan. It's plain old public fatigue."  Hat tip to Bernard Finel, who has some interesting comments … Continue reading A General explains how the Green Lantern Theory of Geopolitics will bring us victory in Afganistan