Greg Mikkelson

Greg Mikkelson is CASSE’s ecological economist.

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How to Take out a Pipeline

The speed of economic growth hinges to a large extent on the supply of fossil fuel, especially of oil and gas, which depends in turn on pipeline capacity. Thus, if we are to turn the tide against economic growth, pipelines are a good strategic place to start.

September 22, 2023

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Guess What Has Decoupled from Economic Growth?

To promote both human health and environmental quality, countries would focus not on growing the GDP, but rather on different goals including education.

August 1, 2023


Tons, Hectares, or Dollars? Measuring the Pressure Exerted by the Economy on the Biosphere

Like a doctor measuring a patient’s vital signs, environmental scientists use various indicators to assess the health of the global ecosystem.

July 12, 2023

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A Steady State Sustains All Boats

Indeed, inequality—of resource use, but also of income and wealth—is extremely high today and is actually worsened by economic growth.

May 2, 2023

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Slow is Beautiful: The Need to Decelerate

Brian Czech once likened modern economic growth to a runaway train. This metaphor drives home the point that to save nature and humanity from an ecological train wreck, the most important thing is to decelerate the global economy.

December 1, 2022