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Real Sustainability Versus Activist Sustainability

scott s. Wrote: Feb 02, 2013 6:49 PM
Well, that is point -- the assumption that they "become scarce". Contrary to your assertion raw materials typically are UNconcentrated and require an industrial process to convert them by concentrating or combining with other resources to make them useful. The amount of resource is essentially unlimited. It's just a question of cost of creating utility from them. And for that the market is a much better mechanism, than some "expert" predicting the future.

Companies everywhere extol their sustainable development programs and goals. Sustainability drives UN programs like Agenda 21, EU and US green energy initiatives, and myriad manufacturing, agricultural, forestry and other efforts. But what is sustainability? What is – or isn’t – sustainable?

Former Prime Minister of Norway Gro Harlem Brundtland said sustainability means we may develop … and meet the needs of current generations … only to the extent that doing so “will not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their needs.”

At first blush, that sounds logical, perhaps even ethical. But on closer examination, it is...