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Sunday, September 11, 2005
  Club of Rome / Matthew Simmons
Matthew Simmons has done a review of the Club of Rome's book "Limits to Growth".

This takes me back to the debates of the 1970s about light and deep greens. As a light green I believed then that it is possible to have economic growth without a growth in the consumption of energy and resources.

I continue to believe that and can cite evidence. However, I have continued to take the view that we should focus on improving quality of life rather than increasing the consumption of resources.

The review is worth reading (see link).
 
Comments:
I agree that it is possible to have growth without extra energy consumption. But it is difficult.

The review is pretty depressing reading. Your thesis is, I think, that once we reach peak oil (or think we have or are about to) the price will send a powerful signal.

Again, I tend to agree. But this points to coal as a (worse) alternative to oil,preserving industry but screwing the climate.
 
I think we are getting close, but I don't think it is 2005. I accept that people will look at coal, but there are depletion issues there as well.

It creates a massive number of challenges.
 
Sir,

at this year's UNISON National Delegates' Conference I was fortunate enough to attend a fringe meeting where Environmental Scientist Jonathan Neale gave a talk on the subject of climate change.

A key point of his talk was that whilst a degree of further climate change is inevitable (we can't fix the last few hundred years of damage in a day) a solution is possible without a drop in living standards, but that it would require a large public works programme. He indicated that the two key factors would be increasing use of public transport for commuting and improvements to domestic and commercial property insulation.

I did write an article on the subject for the West Midlands Region Conference Newsletter, but it got bumped for another article on the subject.
 
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