Answering Hertzberg’s elaborate packaging of his personal self-enrichment from his outsourced solar factories as syllogism for running for State Senate: My greenwashing plutocrat opponent fails to get it: His techno-answers of globalization and ‘speed to market’ being key are off the mark. Read below of what is key, from science-based public policy recommendations, not a politico’s sanitizing his entrepreneurial drive. Our renewable energy technology is realizable from off-the-shelf technology. Fact is that Hertzberg’s exorbitant global-trotting footprint he spent building his fortune has nothing to do with being a green-values Legislator.
To stop the corporate greed-based material consumerist consumption spiral in this 6th great Extinction where human society collapses – as represented by the plutocrat Hertzberg, we must opt for your candidate, the voice of humanity for a frugal, resilient, revitalized future. This is up to you folks. You get the governance you deserve. Whether we transform ourselves emerging from the cluster of collapses that this ‘Goliath’ candidate has led us into, is determined by electing myself as your candidate, in this biblical allegory, cast as ‘David.’ Can we do this? We are compelled to, if there exists a snow ball’s chance humanity survives. Otherwise corporate capitalism will have ended life as we knew it. Humanity versus sociopathy. You decide.
Who’s to blame? You. Me. Everyone walking around outside your window. Even the technology we invented to save us from ourselves is contributing to our decline.
Technological change can raise the efficiency of resource use, but it also tends to raise both per capita resource consumption and the scale of resource extraction, so that, absent policy effects, the increases in consumption often compensate for the increased efficiency of resource use.
Is there a way out? Of course. But you’re probably not gonna like it. Dr. Ahmed sums up the researchers’ suggestions:
The two key solutions are to reduce economic inequality so as to ensure fairer distribution of resources, and to dramatically reduce resource consumption by relying on less intensive renewable resources and reducing population growth.
There are caveats, of course. The study is a simplified model of society, not a perfect simulation, and it isn’t able to make solid predictions of the future. It’s also worth noting that Motesharri does allow for the possibility that “collapse can be avoided” – though he thinks it will be exceptionally difficult.