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The Economic Superorganism

As the energy transition proceeds and the world takes more aggressive steps to curb global warming, analysts from many disciplines are questioning how economic growth can be maintained, or if there are limits to growth—a concept first raised in the 1970s—that will also limit the progression of energy transition. Will we run into fundamental limits on resources and debt? Or can human ingenuity and technological innovation continue to overcome any limits we encounter?

These two narratives—techno-realism and techno-optimism—compete for our attention and argue for very different trajectories of energy transition. In this episode, we speak with researcher and author Carey King about his new book, The Economic Superorganism, which explores the scientific and rhetorical basis of the competing narratives both within and between energy technology and economics.

Guest:Dr. Carey W. King performs interdisciplinary research related to how energy systems interact within the economy and environment as well as how our policy and social systems can make decisions and tradeoffs among these often competing factors. The past performance of our energy systems is no guarantee of future returns, yet we must understand the development of past energy systems.  Carey’s research goals center on rigorous interpretations of the past to determine the most probable future energy pathways.

Carey is  Research Scientist at The University of Texas at Austin and Assistant Director at the Energy Institute. He also has appointments within the Jackson School of Geosciences and the McCombs School of Business. He has both a B.S. with high honors and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He has published technical articles in the academic journals Ecological Economics, Environmental Science and TechnologyEnvironmental Research LettersNature GeoscienceEnergy PolicySustainability, and Ecology and Society. He has also written commentary for American Scientist and Earth magazines as well as major newspapers such as the The Hill, Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, and Austin American-Statesman.

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19 Comments on "The Economic Superorganism"

  1. Apneaman on Thu, 17th Dec 2020 5:23 pm 

    Yes human ingenuity and technological innovation can usurp the laws of physics, chemistry & biology (all physics).

    Soon we will all sprout wings & fly to Mars & Trump will be voted in as president of the galaxy.

    There is no energy transition and the world has not taken one fucking step to curb global warming or any of their other self generated existential predicaments from being a Mega-Cancer.

    I prefer old fashioned political-religious climate change deniers, many of whom actually believe in the shit they spew.

    These hopium pimps are lying cunts – they know that all evidence overwhelmingly demonstrates that the humans are going in the opposite direction of progress.

    Progressing towards human extinction. It’s practically baked in at this point.

    Jun 10, 2020,

    Carbon Dioxide Levels Just Hit 417ppm, Highest In Human History

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/2020/06/10/carbon-dioxide-levels-just-hit-417ppm-highest-in-human-history/?sh=3c6011a229fc

    Yabut we have plans to change.

    ..

    “The upcoming 26th COP (Conference of the Parties) to be held November 2021 in Glasgow is on the docket for scientists and bureaucrats, as well as big moneyed interests, to knock heads in a formal setting to discuss the state of the planet. If all goes according to plan, like past COPs, powerful economic interests will sabotage what would otherwise be a rather dim forecast of a planet in various stages of collapse, some terminal.

    We’ve seen this act (COP) repeat over and over, ever since COP1 in Berlin in 1995, as each successive COP-ending-ceremony finds the Parties congratulating each other, slaps on the back, for one more successful climate conference of 20,000-30,000 able-bodied professionals wiped-out from overconsumption of Beluga caviar and Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, but subsequently carbon emissions increase the following year, and every following year thereafter. What’s to congratulate?

    More to the point, the annualized CO2 emissions rate is +60% since COP1, not decreasing, not going down, not once. After 25 years of the same identical pattern, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the take-home-work from all 25 COPs mysteriously turns into the antithesis of the mission statement of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.”

    https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/11/20/expert-ipcc-reviewer-speaks-out/

    “More to the point, the annualized CO2 emissions rate is +60% since COP1, not decreasing, not going down, not once. After 25 years of the same identical pattern”

    “More to the point, the annualized CO2 emissions rate is +60% since COP1, not decreasing, not going down, not once. After 25 years of the same identical pattern”

    “More to the point, the annualized CO2 emissions rate is +60% since COP1, not decreasing, not going down, not once. After 25 years of the same identical pattern”

    Yabut this time we mean it….again

  2. zero juan on Thu, 17th Dec 2020 5:26 pm 

    OH Boy, now Ppeee is Apneaman, what a fucking lunatic

  3. FamousDrScanlon on Thu, 17th Dec 2020 5:31 pm 

    transition noun

    tran·​si·​tion | \ tran(t)-ˈsi-shən
    , tran-ˈzi-, chiefly British tran(t)-ˈsi-zhən \
    Definition of transition

    (Entry 1 of 2)
    1a : passage from one state, stage, subject, or place to another : change
    b : a movement, development, or evolution from one form, stage, or style to another

  4. FamousDrScanlon on Thu, 17th Dec 2020 5:38 pm 

    I am not a doctor

  5. makati1 on Fri, 18th Dec 2020 3:19 pm 

    When this shit-storm ends, in a few decades, there will be a new world alright, but humans will likely not be part of it. Maybe as hunter-gatherers, but not living anywhere like today.

    The elite insane power monsters have started something they cannot control, as we will see in the near future. Be patient and pass the popcorn. We may be witnessing the end of history but not the one they expected.

  6. FamousDrScanlon on Fri, 18th Dec 2020 6:21 pm 

    Indians, White People and God’s Earth

    https://youtu.be/YWZkwuILn_s

  7. zero juan on Fri, 18th Dec 2020 6:23 pm 

    Dr fuck, you are not famous. You are stupid and plagiarize. Get out of here

  8. FamousDrScanlon on Fri, 18th Dec 2020 6:33 pm 

    I’m famous & totally wrote this song.

    https://youtu.be/DAp7FvZ5Opw

  9. FamousDrScanlon on Fri, 18th Dec 2020 6:43 pm 

    zero juan every time I fuck your mom in her ass she has a Superorganism. You should see the look on her face.

    Your dad also has a Superorganism every time I fuck your mom in her ass only I can’t see his face through the closet door….he sure sounds goofy though.

    If you want to see the video we made, let me know & I’ll post the link.

  10. Duncan Idaho on Fri, 18th Dec 2020 6:46 pm 

    “there’s one thing we know, it’s that Donald Trump has no shame.”

    https://www.alternet.org/2020/12/trump-investigation-2649543606/

  11. Davy on Sat, 19th Dec 2020 1:06 am 

    I am so sorry for losing my shit Famous Dr. Scanlon. Its just that I miss juans huge Ppeeeeeeee so real bad it makes my anus quiver.

    Can you help me?

  12. zero juan on Sat, 19th Dec 2020 4:36 am 

    Ppeee, stupid, this forum is dead yet you continue to try make it dysfunctional. You were the start of its demise and now you will go down with the ship of its end. I will make sure your last breath is a whining moan of being trolled, troll. fuck you juanPpeee. I am here to your end. LMFAO

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    zero juan said Its spelt commentors dougie you dumb fuck

    Davy said I want my mommy!

    Duncan Idaho said “there’s one thing we know, it’s…

    FamousDrScanlon said zero juan every time I fuck your mom in her ass sh…

    FamousDrScanlon said I’m famous & totally wrote this song. ht…

  13. zero juan on Sat, 19th Dec 2020 5:06 am 

    Ppeee, you got wiped. I hate when you ass kiss. You are so fake. You are a mother fucker!

  14. zero juan on Sat, 19th Dec 2020 10:38 am 

    My bum hurts

  15. zero juan on Sat, 19th Dec 2020 12:00 pm 

    I cherish the thought of your massive Ppeeeeeee in my mouth Ppeee. It makes my man-pussy quiver.

  16. zero juan on Sat, 19th Dec 2020 12:15 pm 

    JuanPpeee, I love when you whine and moan about being trolled! LMFAO. When you use the zero juan ID you confirm how bad it hurts you, fuck. More is coming lunatic. It won’t end until you are gone!!

    zero juan said I cherish the thought of your massive Ppeeeeeee in…

    Go Speed Racer said Trump gonna declare martial law. Overturn the fake…

    zero juan said Mommy!

    zero juan said My bum hurts

  17. zero juan on Sat, 19th Dec 2020 12:16 pm 

    When I pretend your enormous Ppeeeeeeee is cumming in my mouth it makes my widdle ppee tingle Ppeee.

  18. Duncan Idaho on Sat, 19th Dec 2020 12:21 pm 

    The Fat Boy has spent 307 days golfing during his gig at raping the US.
    At least he has excelled at something.

  19. Reach us here on Mon, 21st Dec 2020 9:21 am 

    Global human society is functioning as an energy dissipating superorganism.

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