“We live in a society of consumption where growth is the Santa Claus who will cure all future problems.”
06 Sep 2010
I’m finding the focus on growth in already-rich countries increasingly suspect. So I thought it was funny to find this kind of skepticism captured with panache by Jean Laherrère, a petroleum engineer and former head of worldwide exploration techniques for the French oil company Total.
“We live in a society of consumption where growth is the Santa Claus who will cure all future problems,” he wrote, in notes for a 2007 talk.
You can find the 63-page write-up, “Uncertainty of data and forecasts for fossil fuels”
on the Oil Crisis site