[ExI] Limits to Growth reviewed

BillK pharos at gmail.com
Sat Dec 28 11:54:29 UTC 2019

In contrast to Spike's optimistic post from the climate change denial
site WUWT, the predictions made in the Limits to Growth report are
rapidly becoming reality.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019
This article contains a 55 minute podcast and a transcript (for
readers) plus discussion in the readers comments section.

Fifty years ago, an international team of researchers was commissioned
by the Club of Rome to build a computer simulation of exponential
economic and population growth on a finite planet.

Few reports have generated as much debate, discussion and
disagreement. Though it’s hard to argue that its forecasts made back
in the early 1970s have proved eerily accurate over the ensuing
But most of its warnings have been largely ignored by policymakers
hoping (blindly?) for a rosier future.
One of the original seventeen researchers involved in The Limits To
Growth study, Dennis Meadows, joins us for the podcast this week.
Fifty years later, what does he foresee ahead?

"Decline is now inevitable.
We’re without any question moving into the remainder of a century
which is going to see, by the end of these decades, a much smaller
population, much lower level of energy and material consumption and so
Whether we retain equity amongst people and avoid the more violent
forms of conflict remains to be seen. But sustainable development is
no longer an option".

Unless a new miracle clean energy source is discovered and put into
production quickly (e,g, nuclear fusion power, AI created tech, etc,)
then the world is headed for much disruption.


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