Sustainable development

Thank you for addressing the issue of "sustainable development" (OGJ, July 7, 2003, p. 17) which has become the latest buzzword in environmental circles. As you correctly noted, environmentalists have generally interpreted this term to mean development that uses up nothing and disturbs as little as possible. Unfortunately, those who loudly proclaim this gospel conveniently exclude population growth but apply it to everything else. Let me cite two examples.As I have shown in two recent papers, since US per capita energy consumption in the year 2000 was virtually the same as in 1974, the 25-quad increase in energy consumption during this period was due almost entirely to the 68.6 million pe...

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