Who killed economic growth? – Animated Video

August 2, 2011

Economists insist that recovery is at hand, yet unemployment remains high, real estate values continue to sink, and governments stagger under record deficits. Richard Heinberg propose a startling diagnosis: humanity has reached a fundamental turning point in its economic history. The expansionary trajectory of industrial civilization is colliding with non-negotiable natural limits.

Why have mainstream economists ignored environmental limits for so long? If Heinberg is right, they will have much explaining to do." — LESTER BROWN, Founder Earth Policy Institute

Heinberg shows how peak oil, peak water, peak food, etc. lead not only to the end of growth, but to the beginning of a new era of progress without growth. — HERMAN E. DALY, Professor Emeritus, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland

By the time you finish Heinberg’s book, you will have 2 conclusions: This is the end of economic growth and it is our problem, not our childrens’. It’s time to get ready. This book is the place to start. –PAUL GILDING — Former head of Greenpeace International

Richard has rung the bell on the limits to growth. Our shift from quantity of consumption to quality of life is the great challenge of our generation. Frightening…but ultimately freeing. –JOHN FULLERTON – President and Founder, Capital Institute

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Richard Heinberg

Richard is Senior Fellow of Post Carbon Institute, and is regarded as one of the world’s foremost advocates for a shift away from our current reliance on fossil fuels. He is the author of fourteen books, including some of the seminal works on society’s current energy and environmental sustainability crisis. He has authored hundreds of essays and articles that have appeared in such journals as Nature and The Wall Street Journal; delivered hundreds of lectures on energy and climate issues to audiences on six continents; and has been quoted and interviewed countless times for print, television, and radio. His monthly MuseLetter has been in publication since 1992. Full bio at postcarbon.org.

Tags: Consumption & Demand, Culture & Behavior, Fossil Fuels, Oil