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The Mythology of Overconsumption

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As a species, our lives have been made better throughout the ages because we have consistently consumed more. If we were to reverse our consumption habits, which is not possible, humankind would not flourish. Life would not get better for anyone if we suddenly consumed less. Nor should we expect the ecology to be magically saved by such behaviour. Life would decidedly get much worse. In any case, over 5 Billion out of 7.7 Billion today already consume less than the mean global consumption – many of those consume much, much less. How are these unfortunates to decrease their consumption? Such a thing is only ever suggested by wealthy Westerners, in an access of hypocrisy. However, to suggest that even a wealthy person consumes less may be regarded as form of inhumanity.

 

Environmentalists will have you believe that your consumption – flying in an airplane, for example – is shameful; that we should all stop eating meat; stop using our electrical appliances; stop irrigating our lawns. This is all wrong. These ideas belong in the intellectual dustbin. It is a truism that any human being who consumes will never cease to consume. They will only consume more. That has become our nature, and it cannot now be decoupled from our nature. Nor should it be. To suggest overwise fails to appreciate our nature. Indeed, those in smaller economies depend on greater consumption to escape their enforced and chronic underconsumption.

 

Humanity has not yet reached its fullest expression of advancement as a species – not even a tiny fraction of it. We may never reach it. Ever-growing levels of consumption defines our progress as a species. If we were to stop growing, our progress would suddenly stop as well. We would be frozen in a permanent Middle Ages, never to realize our full potential: never to advance medical technology to the point of eradicating all disease, or increasing human longevity to hundreds or even thousands of years; never to travel to other solar systems or even other galaxies; never to manipulate time or matter perhaps in ways only dreamed of today. These things all require massively more consumption of energy and other resources.

 

No one need curtail their consumption. In fact, everyone should consume more, more and more – as much as they possibly can.  The reason is, our consumption is a measure of our flourishing. Furthermore, we have an unlimited energy source that can drive all this splendour. This energy can cheaply drive extraction of resources. It can drive energy-intensive recycling of vital resources, including water, metals, bio-waste, and even energy fuel itself. With an unlimited energy source, any kind of consumption becomes possible. There is no need to consume less when such an energy source exists. And it does exist. It is nuclear energy.

 

An atom of uranium in fission is ten million times more energetic than a molecule of gasoline in combustion, and billions of times more energetic than an equivalent mass of photovoltaic solar panels. These overconsumption fears are triggered by a belief system that all the world’s energy can only come from hydrocarbons, water and the sun. But a world powered by high energy-density nuclear power systems can generate millions of times more energy than we have today – and it can do so in a vastly smaller environmental and land footprint than our current energy footprint.

 

Nuclear energy is our true Golden Goose, supplying an unlimited number of eggs for humanity, keeping us all in vast riches for millions of years. With the uranium in our natural world that is easily extractable today, we have enough energy to provide North American levels of energy consumption for 10 billion people for at least thousands of years. With a few more years of development, it is likely to last millions of years. It is the only real renewable resource we have on this planet. Allow me to state this plainly: nuclear energy is renewable energy. This is the lens through which we must look at life on earth.

 

Do not fear overconsumption. There is absolutely no reason to fear overconsumption – if we rightly understand that nuclear energy renders that fear meaningless. We should indeed embrace overconsumption – and support nuclear energy – and confidently move to a much better world for all of us, not just the privileged few.

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54 Comments on "The Mythology of Overconsumption"

  1. makati1 on Wed, 16th Oct 2019 6:37 pm 

    What humongous pile of bullshit and propaganda by the energy industry. I almost puked while skimming this techie crap. If all their bullshit was spread over the Sahara we could feed a billion more people. LOL

  2. Outcast_Searcher on Wed, 16th Oct 2019 7:07 pm 

    Well, you have to admire the brass balls of this nonsense. No attempt to justify anything. No attempt to look at data or logic or outcomes. Just claim that consuming as much as possible is right because “it’s our nature”.

    This reminds me of the logic of endless redistrubtion of the far left. If only physics weren’t a thing and assets were endless. Unfortunately we don’t live on that world.

  3. DerHundistLos on Wed, 16th Oct 2019 7:44 pm 

    This reminds me of the logic of endless concentration of wealth in the hands of the few of the far right.

  4. Davy on Wed, 16th Oct 2019 10:28 pm 

    I was going to cut back to 4 tins of chew’n tabacca a day, but, after reading this, I now feel completely comfortable increasing that to 6 tins a day. I believe in doing my part. Stupid liberals and their save the Earth BS.

  5. Davy on Thu, 17th Oct 2019 12:54 am 

    Oops, sorry. I forgot.

    dumbasses

  6. forbin on Thu, 17th Oct 2019 4:29 am 

    re : ” We would be frozen in a permanent Middle Ages”

    no it’s worse than that . I’ve looked at what XR proposes . And they are ex CND Ex anti capitalists with a fresh paint job but the same insane plans…. Americans may think the Democrats are liberal / left wing but these guys/girls are died in the wool Red Soviets a la Stalin.

    They pay lip service to the new “green” movement but they want the end of West because they are a Dooms day cult.

    They also practice double standards , pity the poor in a Brazilian slum or the back streets of a Kenyan city, sorry you will be staying there . Just Despicable!

    Forbin

  7. JuanP on Thu, 17th Oct 2019 4:57 am 

    Nightly mental illness displays and mindless trash. JuanP is a coward who waits until I go to bed to attack me with ID theft.

    Davy said Oops, sorry. I forgot. dumbasses
    supremacist muzzies jerk said Cloggie on Wed, 16th Oct 2019 10:43 pm Supertard w…
    Davy said I was going to cut back to 4 tins of chew’n…
    Davy Sock Puppet said supremacist muzzies jerk
    Davy said “ Lately I don’t even bother moderating you ” Oops…
    supremacist muzzies jerk said Anonymouse on Wed, 16th Oct 2019 9:23 pm Anon Than…
    Davy said Oops, sorry y’all. I was projecting again. I do th…

  8. Dooma on Thu, 17th Oct 2019 7:04 am 

    If I had not checked the source, I would have sworn that this was sarcasm at it’s finest.

    Yes, all we need is cheap energy. I can’t see any further environmental concerns due to more abundant energy.

    Please wake me up when energy can solve the current extinction crisis? Perhaps the freshwater disaster that is looming? Or the fact that we are destroying our arable land? Or much more dilemmas we face?

    Consumption has nothing to do with the progress of humans. It is pure evil that was invented by greedy people to screw the world out of resources for cash. Unabated consumption is the opposite of progress.

  9. Sissyfuss on Thu, 17th Oct 2019 9:34 am 

    Energy Central knows where it’s bread is buttered and it’s not in a world of less consumption. This article is from the 1950s, perhaps from a recently exhumed time capsule. It needs to be reburied immediately before,,,,,oh,, wait. Trump doesn’t read, it’s okay then.

  10. Cloggie on Thu, 17th Oct 2019 10:15 am 

    Will BoJo be able to deliver? It’s going to be close, very close. The DUP can ask a very high price for its ten votes:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7583665/Can-Boris-Johnson-win-Commons-vote-Brexit-deal.html

    “Can Boris Johnson win a Commons’ vote on his Brexit deal and what happens in the next few weeks if MPs FINALLY approve the UK’s departure?”

  11. Cloggie on Thu, 17th Oct 2019 10:17 am 

    Nigel Fromage hates the deal, so it is a good deal for Europe:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7584017/Nigel-Farage-says-DELAY-Brexit-leave-Boris-Johnsons-new-deal.html

    “Nigel Farage blasts Boris Johnson’s new Brexit deal and says he would rather DELAY leaving the EU again”

  12. Obviously on Thu, 17th Oct 2019 10:26 am 

    I’m over-consumed with optimism — thanks Nuclear Power!

  13. joe on Thu, 17th Oct 2019 10:36 am 

    This deal has two chances. Slim and none. Jo Swinson has already tried to amend the queens speech for a second referendum. This deal won’t survive Bercow. Queen the cou

  14. Duncan Idaho on Thu, 17th Oct 2019 10:41 am 

    “It felt like a 600 pound gopher going underneath my feet at 40 miles an hour.”

    — San Francisco Giants pitcher Mike Krukow’s description
    of how it felt at Candlestick when the World Series earthquake hit
    (on todays date)

  15. supremacist muzzies jerk on Thu, 17th Oct 2019 10:46 am 

    when i say fathertard sullivan is big goat’s project, i get immediate firm pushback. this tells me i’m onto something. remember green goat is master magician

  16. supremacist muzzies jerk on Thu, 17th Oct 2019 11:17 am 

    Is

    A

    Jerkoff

  17. Bib on Thu, 17th Oct 2019 12:50 pm 

    Wow, I haven’t read an article this bad in a long time. Yes, let’s destroy the planet so we can juice the economy some more. No need to worry about pollution, climate change, stess, wars, biological warfare, nuclear war, dictators, etc, etc, etc. God, this article needs to hit the trash.

  18. Dredd on Thu, 17th Oct 2019 7:14 pm 

    Extinction Rebellion …

    How Much Sea Level Rise Makes A Sea Port Extinct?

  19. makati1 on Thu, 17th Oct 2019 7:32 pm 

    Better question: How much sea level rise will destroy coastal cities when there is a hurricane and high tide?

    “Storm surge was also responsible for an extra $2 billion in damage to New York City after Sandy hit in 2012, according to a Rand report.

    This phenomenon is made worse by sea level rise, which is triggered by human-caused global warming as warmer ocean water expands and land ice melts.

    The average global sea level has already increased by more than half a foot since the Industrial Revolution.”

    https://www.edf.org/climate/how-climate-change-makes-hurricanes-more-destructive

    “… east coast cities are witnessing sea level rise that is two to three times faster than the global average…”

    https://www.c40.org/other/the-future-we-don-t-want-staying-afloat-the-urban-response-to-sea-level-rise

    Much change to come. Stay tuned…

  20. supremacist muzzies jerk on Thu, 17th Oct 2019 7:54 pm 

    makati1 on Thu, 17th Oct 2019 6:26 pm
    Supertard can you be nice to each other
    In the famous word of rodney king
    Can’t we all get along
    THANK you

  21. makati1 on Thu, 17th Oct 2019 8:13 pm 

    sup, do you scratch an ongoing itch? Ignore the mongrel grabbing your ankle? Allow a mosquito to bite you with out smashing it? Davy asks for what he gets. It is a psychological thingy. Ditto for the US.

  22. Davy Sock Puppet on Thu, 17th Oct 2019 8:54 pm 

    supremacist muzzies jerk

  23. makati1 on Fri, 18th Oct 2019 4:06 am 

    for your weekend reading pleasure…

    “The Age of Radical Evil”

    https://www.truthdig.com/articles/the-age-of-radical-evil/

    “Chris Hedges, an ordained Presbyterian minister, gave this sermon Sunday at the Claremont Presbyterian Church in Claremont, Calif.”

    I doubt anyone here will bother, but …

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  25. Richard on Fri, 18th Oct 2019 11:43 am 

    It is true, but there probably needs a balance on the subject of consumption. We all typing to a database, stored on a server. We are consuming, and using many different objects/services that require eventually more to keep it going.

  26. Richard on Fri, 18th Oct 2019 11:46 am 

    This subject is a never ending tail chasing episode.

  27. Harquebus on Fri, 18th Oct 2019 12:21 pm 

    How much one spends is how much one pollutes.

  28. Davy on Fri, 18th Oct 2019 12:52 pm 

    How much one spends is how much one pollutes.

    BS

  29. Sys1 on Fri, 18th Oct 2019 12:54 pm 

    Of course, we would like to live in Star Wars galaxy for real. But of course, it’s not possible. Imagination is the best way to consumme as much as we want.

  30. juanpee garbage on Fri, 18th Oct 2019 3:08 pm 

    “BS”

    What harqy said above is a no brainer juanpee. where do you think money comes from stupid.

    dumbass

  31. JuanP garbage on Fri, 18th Oct 2019 3:20 pm 

    Juanpee is bored consequently we have Davy ID theft and mindless socks

    juanpee garbage said “BS” What harqy said above is a no bra…
    Davy said BTW bobby. Your just jealous cause I’ve been…
    supremacist davy jerk said supremacist muzzies jerk on Fri, 18th Oct 2019 2:0…
    supremacist muzzies jerk said Davy on Fri, 18th Oct 2019 2:00 pm above not super…
    Davy said To: All my friends and followers here on PO.com Th…

  32. Antius on Fri, 18th Oct 2019 4:32 pm 

    Infinite energy will not allow infinite consumption on a finite planet. Ultimately, even without global warming due to greenhouse gases; putting more and more waste heat into the Earth biosphere is going to heat it up. There are limits to everything.

    I am a proponent of nuclear energy. But it does not allow us to escape the paradox of infinite growth on a finite planet. If you want to keep growing, you need to leave the finite planet behind. Nuclear energy is of value if it allows us to do that. If it cannot, then it is only delaying the inevitable thermodynamic energy collapse.

  33. Antius on Fri, 18th Oct 2019 4:38 pm 

    Jesus Christ. I wish the site owners would moderate this board. Does anyone get anything out of this Davy / JuanP verbal diarrhoea? Who reads this shit?

  34. makati1 on Fri, 18th Oct 2019 5:45 pm 

    Harq, you are correct! It is a direct exchange. $$$$ spent = Pollution. Everything we consume, be it energy, food, SUVs, EVs, huge houses, etc. is just another form of pollution.

    The West pollutes the most, per capita, as that is the area of major consumption.

    The US is obviously #1 as it consumes over 25% of the world’s resources with 4% of its population.

  35. Davy to Antius on Fri, 18th Oct 2019 6:03 pm 

    “Does anyone get anything out of this Davy / JuanP verbal diarrhoea? Who reads this shit?”

    Antius, this shit is out of one person, juanP. If I am not fucked with I am here less and do not respond to the lunatic unless he attacks me. So, fuck off if you are pointing fingers at me. I am the primary target of this fuck up now going on 18 months. This is daily and routine. My position is I am not going to be censored and the best defense in this case is a good offense. If people like you would point fingers at JuanP together with many others he could possibly be shamed into stopping. I challenge you to show me a thread where I started this shit.

  36. Davy on Fri, 18th Oct 2019 6:06 pm 

    ‘Harq, you are correct! It is a direct exchange. $$$$ spent = Pollution. Everything we consume, be it energy, food, SUVs, EVs, huge houses, etc. is just another form of pollution.”
    Total BS, spending has no direct relationship to pollution because spending can be made to reduce pollution. Proper investments can lower pollution not increase it. It is simpletons like harq and makato and his binary anti-western agenda that spew this nonsense.

    “The West pollutes the most, per capita, as that is the area of major consumption.”
    Asia is the largest net polluter

  37. Davy Sock on Fri, 18th Oct 2019 6:20 pm 

    JuanP

  38. Davy on Fri, 18th Oct 2019 6:25 pm 

    Oops, sorry. I forgot. Asian pollution is largely from the stuff the West consumes. We have exported way more then just jobs.

  39. Antius to Davy on Fri, 18th Oct 2019 6:43 pm 

    Back at you dumbass.

  40. juanpee garbage on Fri, 18th Oct 2019 6:55 pm 

    Antius to Davy said Back at you dumbass.
    Davy said Looks like cloggo was right again. I’m so sorry fo…
    Davy said That zero hedge shit keeps getting nuttier by the…
    Davy said Oops, sorry. I forgot. Asian pollution is largely…
    Davy Sock said JuanP

  41. makati1 on Fri, 18th Oct 2019 6:56 pm 

    Sorry Davy, but denial of the facts does not change them. Per capita, the US is the world’s biggest consumer/polluter by far.

  42. Davy on Fri, 18th Oct 2019 7:04 pm 

    Sorry, makato but denial of facts does not change them. Asia is the world’s largest polluter in aggregate and that is where it matters these days. Not only the largest polluter but growing. Most of the plastic in the oceans are from Asia. If you can’t see that you are going blind which I would suspect is possible at your age. High Asian growth is destroying the planet and you think that is great when you talk up a consumer hungry middle class that is larger than the population of the US. You then act like the huge hypocrite you are and point fingers at the US as the bad guy. You have no credibility. All you do is cater to anti-American extremist.

  43. More juanpee garbage on Fri, 18th Oct 2019 8:39 pm 

    Davy said Sorry, makato…

  44. Davy approves this message on Fri, 18th Oct 2019 8:43 pm 

    “I challenge you to show me a thread where I started this shit.”

    Following is an example where I started the shit on an article bright and early at 5:22 AM. I deserved what came my way after.

    Davy, Thu, 17th Oct 2019 5:22 am: “JuanP has a ugly future ahead because of his vasectomy he is so proud of.”

    Davy approves this message on Thu, 17th Oct 2019 8:43 am: “JuanP has a ugly future ahead because of his vasectomy he is so proud of.”
    Be very careful what you wish for, DavyTurd. Life is like a boomerang; whatever you throw out there will ALWAYS return.

  45. makati1 on Fri, 18th Oct 2019 8:43 pm 

    Davy, and most of that pollution is to make stuff for the US that is no longer made there, because, the US shipped the pollution to Asia over the last 20 years. Denial is just a dodge from reality. You are good at that and also hypocrisy. But then, most Amerikans are dumbed down and brainwashed to perfection.

  46. makati1 on Fri, 18th Oct 2019 8:53 pm 

    “Welcome to the USSR: the United States of Suppression and Repression”

    “When propaganda is cleverly engineered, people don’t even recognize it as propaganda: welcome to the USSR, the United States of Suppression and Repression. The propaganda in the U.S. has reached such a high state that the majority of people accept it as “pravda” (truth), even as their limbic system’s BS detector is sensing there is a great disturbance in the Force.”

    http://charleshughsmith.blogspot.com/

    “Welcome to the USSR: the United States of Suppression and Repression, where your views are welcome as long as they parrot “approved narratives” and the corporate-state’s orthodoxies. “Facts” are only welcome if they lend credence to the “approved narratives” and orthodoxies.”

    Dumbed down and brainwashed to perfection!

  47. supremacist muzzies jerk on Sat, 19th Oct 2019 1:00 am 

    Hey makato and Davy
    Let’s give it our best and support Nixon going to China ok
    Give some consideration to smj initiative

  48. Davy on Sat, 19th Oct 2019 4:37 am 

    So dumbass, you are saying you didn’t attack me during the night or in another thread on this date. My point still made!

    “I challenge you to show me a thread where I started this shit.” Following is an example where I started the shit on an article bright and early at 5:22 AM. I deserved what came my way after. Davy, Thu, 17th Oct 2019 5:22 am: “JuanP has a ugly future ahead because of his vasectomy he is so proud of.”

  49. Davy on Sat, 19th Oct 2019 4:39 am 

    “Davy, and most of that pollution is to make stuff for the US that is no longer made there”

    Bullshit makato, most of China’s shit goes to China or elsewhere in the world.

  50. JuanP socks and garbage on Sat, 19th Oct 2019 4:40 am 

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