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Old 06-13-2006, 03:29 PM
Dumbguy Dumbguy is offline
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Originally Posted by BrainGlutton
If only it were that simple. Of course, you're only looking at one side of it. "Cleaning up the environment" also means "slowing the pace of economic growth, particularly that of underdeveloped countries."
This always seems to be the assumption, but itís not clear to me why itís true. Wouldnít more efficient energy use lead to more growth, at least long term? How does inefficient resource use benefit growth?

Making more fuel efficient automobiles would obviously hurt auto manufacturers and oil companies in the short run, but it would also result in cheaper shipping and transportation costs for all industries, and these savings go on year after year. Progress always shifts who is making the money, and the people itís shifting away from always fight it. Ultimately it seems like the whole energy debate seems to boil down to whether or not progress is a good idea.