Sunday, July 28, 2013

Arithmetic, Population and Energy: Sustainability 101 | Albert A. Bartlett

"Perhaps the most boring video you'll ever see, and definitely the most important." -- Albert A. Bartlett, Professor Emeritus in Nuclear Physics at University of Colorado at Boulder

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Professor Bartlett has given his celebrated one-hour lecture, "Arithmetic, Population and Energy: Sustainability 101" over 1,600 times to audiences with an average attendance of 80 in the United States and world-wide. His audiences have ranged from junior high school and college students to corporate executives and scientists, and to congressional staffs. He first gave the talk in September, 1969, and subsequently has presented it an average of once every 8.5 days for 36 years. His talk is based on his paper, "Forgotten Fundamentals of the Energy Crisis," originally published in the American Journal of Physics, and revised in the Journal of Geological Education.

Professor Al Bartlett begins his one-hour talk with the statement, "The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function."

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1 comment:

  1. Using just one necessary resource to modern living as an example...

    There will be absolutely NO OIL left by the time I'm 86.

    Given that fact, can I honestly expect to live that long? (Factor consequences of NO OIL: war, poverty, hunger.)

    Will some yet-discovered clean, sustainable energy source maintain my current lifestyle for the next 36 years?

    Will this discovery aid in population reduction?

    No, no and no.

    Conclusion - get off-grid, grow your own food or die.

    Plan accordingly.

    "On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero." -- Zero Hedge