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Sustainable Growth is an Oxymoron
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Text of an outstanding talk that explains clearly why the idea of "sustainable growth" is impossible in the finite system that is the earth; how the compact energy-delivery system of fossil fuel is equivalent to mind-blowing amounts of free human labor, which cannot be sustained indefinitely; and why it's imperative for scientists to help humanity find ways to go back to "liv[ing] on the sun in real time."
Rudy Baum is the editor-in-chief of Chemical and Engineering News
, a weekly newsmagazine about science and industry from the American Chemical Society
. He has long been a strong environmental advocate.