Richard Heinberg – The Law of Diminishing Returns
Note that Heinberg has quietly dropped his original Greatest Hit: the subject of Peak Oil. The message is now about ‘less complexity, less debt, less fossil fuel’, the latter not as a constraint imposed on us by geology, but as a matter of life style choice.
Not that we disagree with that message, but it seems that Heinberg has arrived at the same conclusion as we gradually did over the past 18 months: we are not going to run out of affordable fossil fuel any time soon and that we indeed can fry the planet many times over with all that combustible stuff around.
We are intrigued by Heinberg’s advocation of ‘less population’. Is Richard going to organize a ‘Texas chain saw massacre‘ all by himself?
Nice new glasses, Richard!
For those who can’t get enough of Richard Heinberg:
Gepubliceerd op 11 feb. 2015
Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow at the Post Carbon Institute, “Post-hydrocarbon food systems: The challenge of the 21st century.”
Introduction by Ben McCall, Professor of Chemistry and Astronomy and iSEE Associate Director for Campus Sustainability, University of Illinois.
iSEE Congress 2014: “Feeding 9 Billion: A Path to Sustainable Agriculture.“