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Its simply an observation of fact that the desire for increase material consumption can be cultivated among a population, but it also seems to be entirely beside the point.

For the conclusion that a given population implies a given level of resource consumption, you have to assume that the other two factors of I=PAT are held constant - the consumption per capita and the technological impact per unit of consumption.

However, assuming those to be constant is silly - for all of the living memory of each of us, the A and the T have been subject to constant and ongoing change, and so to assume them constant is to assume the one thing we have never observed them to be.


I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Sat Apr 17th, 2010 at 09:58:11 PM EST
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