Welcome to the Post-Growth Economy

October 26, 2011 • Daily Email Recap

Thanks to the Post Carbon Institute for this article by Richard Heinberg.  For a PDF of this article, see http://www.postcarbon.org/Museletter/Museletter-232.pdf

MuseLetter #232 / September 2011 by Richard Heinberg

The September Museletter is comprised of two pieces related to my book ‘The End of Growth’. The first is the op-ed which the mainstream press seems reluctant to publish as they hang desperately on to idea that economic growth will continue. The second is a section from Chapter 6 of my book and looks at one piece of the puzzle in changing our economic model.

Welcome to the Post-Growth Economy

During recent weeks, evidence has piled up that U.S. and European economies, far from recovering, are swirling back into recession. Failure of American politicians to address the federal debt crisis, the U.S. credit rating downgrade, and increasing fragility of European economies have investors running for the hills.

Concern is being voiced that we may be at a fundamental economic turning point. Deutsche Bank’s strategist Jim Reid even suggests that the western world’s financial system might be “totally unsustainable.”

As it happens, I’ve just published a book, The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality, that reaches the same conclusion, and that foresaw the economic relapse that’s playing out in headlines. The book’s content was finalized in March, when economic data appeared to show the nation in a recovery. I suppose I’m justified in saying “I told you so,” but others are as well. Herman Daly, former World Bank economist, has pointed out the absurdity of expecting continual economic growth on a planet with limited resources.

To read the full article (pdf), please click here: http://www.postcarbon.org/Museletter/Museletter-232.pdf

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