Citizen Action Monitor

Tim Garrett warns — Energy efficiency gains will do the opposite of what economists claim they will do

As energy efficiency increases, civilization grows faster, consumes more resources faster, grows the economy: The bad news — Energy consumption and CO2 emissions accelerate. No 2393 Posted by fw, November … Continue reading

November 9, 2018

Long-run global economic growth requires continual energy consumption for its sustenance

The problem with accelerating economic growth over time is that CO2 emissions, spiked by climate change, also accelerate, releasing negative feedbacks on economic growth. Round we go in a vicious cycle. … Continue reading

October 12, 2018

No chance of slowing global CO2 levels without incurring collapse of global economy, says Tim Garrett

Yet Canada’s PM Trudeau insists we can grow the economy and protect the environment. Is he wrong? No 2379 Posted by fw, October 10, 2018 NOTE — To access my … Continue reading

October 10, 2018

It’s inevitable civilization will collapse — The more important question is What will this collapse look like?

Since things are already happening rapidly, we are talking about timescales of the next few decades. No 2376 Posted by fw, September 30, 2018 NOTE — To access my other … Continue reading

September 30, 2018

NO WAY OUT: Civilization caught in a double-bind between global collapse and CO2 levels of 1200 ppm

Absent collapsing the economy, with GDP at zero, emissions can be stabilized only by building the equivalent of one nuke plant per day globally. No 2373 Posted by fw, September … Continue reading

September 18, 2018

Ecological economist challenges the view that economic growth is necessary for our prosperity

Our money supply system is undermining the climate, the global ecosystem, and our prosperity, says Caroline Whyte. No 2351 Posted by fw, August 13, 2018 “To use a metaphor that’s … Continue reading

August 13, 2018

Despite mounting rebuttal evidence, PM Trudeau repeats misguided “environment and economy” pitch  

In a decade or two, will he be Canada’s most reviled PM for ignoring dire climate-related health, economic and environmental risks? No 2196 Posted by fw, April 8, 2018 First, … Continue reading

April 8, 2018

The case for blocking Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline

Allowing the Trans Mountain pipeline to go forward now would sabotage meagre gains made by fed’s carbon scheme. No 2166 Posted by fw, February 23, 2018 “[Canada’s] climate plan was … Continue reading

February 23, 2018

Can eco-modernists provide an escape route from the “dilemma of growth?”

Tim Jackson critiques their proposed decoupling solution and concludes it would only work for angels. No 2115 Posted by fw, December 6, 2017 To access all other synopses from Prosperity … Continue reading

December 6, 2017

Could relative decoupling proceed fast enough to achieve real reductions in emissions?

Jackson turns to arithmetic for an answer and finds an economy in 2100 completely different than the one we have now. No 2071 Posted by fw, October 9, 2017 To … Continue reading

October 9, 2017

“Reducing greenhouse gas emissions should take precedence over economic growth,” says David Suzuki

Despite adoption of energy-efficient, low carbon sources, economic growth will likely cancel out these advances. No 2052 Posted by fw, September 14, 2017 “The Pan-Canadian Framework marks the first time Canada’s first … Continue reading

September 14, 2017

Why do we fail to see the connection between economic growth and planet degradation?

Simple: a growing economy is all we know. No 2026 Posted by fw, August 08, 2017 To access all other synopses from Prosperity without Growth, click on the Tab titled … Continue reading

August 8, 2017

“We will grow our economy while reducing emissions,” says PM Trudeau. Really?

Simplistic neoliberal beliefs like this may be popular and win votes but they’re short-sighted and dangerous. Here’s why. No 1996 Posted by fw, June 30, 2017 ***** “We will grow our … Continue reading

June 30, 2017

We are consuming ourselves to death under the banner of limitless economic growth

Rethinking economic growth in an age of environmental limits to growth cannot be avoided — Will change be by design or disaster? No 1938 Posted by fw, April 19, 2017 “What … Continue reading

April 19, 2017

Recent reports claim that economic growth can continue without emission increases. Don’t believe it.

Critical analyses of these reports reveal the claims unproven, but Trudeau/Obama ignore the evidence and gamble with our ecological safety. No 1757 Posted by fw, August 24, 2016 “Most ecological economists … Continue reading

August 24, 2016

Puzzled about the difference between CO2 emissions and CO2 levels? — You’re not alone

Confusion leads people to a mistaken belief that CO2 levels in the atmosphere can be stabilized if new emissions are flat. No 1649 Posted by fw, April 24, 2016 On March … Continue reading

April 24, 2016