“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

bookshelf

books I've read on failure & grace

The World Without Us
The Last Oil Shock: A Survival Guide to the Imminent Extinction of Petroleum Man
Zeitoun
A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
Hell and High Water: Global Warming--the Solution and the Politics--and What We Should Do
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
The Tipping Point
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time
The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization
Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail
The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History, 1300-1850
Confessions of an Eco-Sinner: Tracking Down the Sources of My Stuff
Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World


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