Skip to comments.The world’s supply of resources is getting bigger, not smaller
Posted on 07/06/2012 9:24:43 AM PDT by grundle
The worlds supply of resources is getting bigger, not smaller
According to the laws of physics, the total quantity of mass and energy is fixed. Therefore, we cannot create new mass or energy, and we cannot use up the mass and energy that we already have.
But there is something else that we can do we can invent, build, and use technology to increase our standard of living. For example, petroleum was worthless until someone with a brain invented a way to use it, at which point the petroleum became a valuable resource. Likewise, today we take rocks that used to be worthless, and turn them into computer chips that are worth trillions of dollars.
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Perhaps you had forgotten that you posted this yesterday.
Do you plan on posting it tomorrow as well?
Did you not get enough blog hits the first time?
If you look closely, you’ll also find this. http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2012/06/16/here-are-48-things-that-barack-obama-has-done-which-should-make-his-supporters-feel-ashamed-and-embarrassed/
The energy from all the fossil fuels ever burned still exists somewhere in the form of heat but it is inaccessible to us. We cannot use this energy any more and it is irrelevant to any argument about how our resources will never be exhausted.
No it isn't irrelevant. This is an argument taken up by our Presidential Science Adviser and his mentor Paul Ehrlich, both limited resources, “Small is Beautiful”, Zero-Population-Growth, Marxists, with Julian Simon. Simon issued a wager to anyone who could identify a diminishing resource as measured by its price. The point, one which Simon used as the title to his book “The Ultimate Resource”, is that humans use their minds to direct their efforts to each improve life for themselves and their families. Holdren and Ehrlich took up Simon's challenge, combining their bets, and chose minerals presumably certain to become more expensive, and nonrenewable resources. Holdren and Ehrlich lost on all five or six of the minerals they bet on, and waited until after Simon died to write a book claiming they were correct after all.
Thanks grundle. This is nothing new.
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