Time to Stop Worshipping Economic Growth

By Brent Blackwelder There are physical limits to growth on a finite planet. In 1972, the Club of Rome issued their groundbreaking report—Limits to Growth (twelve million copies in thirty-seven languages). The authors predicted that by about 2030, our planet would feel a serious squeeze on natural resources, and they were right on target. In 2009, the Stockholm Resilience […]

A Sustainable True-Cost Economy Promises an Escape from Massive Water Pollution

by Brent Blackwelder A year ago, I wrote about how a true-cost steady state economy would deal with water pollution. Last August, the alarming green slime at the west end of Lake Erie was so bad that it shut down Toledo’s water supply for half a million people. Who would pay the tremendous damages caused […]

Progress Toward a True-Cost Economy Now Comes From Developments in Renewable Energy

by Brent Blackwelder A renewable energy revolution is sweeping the planet. This revolution has profound implications because it signals that the global economy is moving to stop the growth of our human carbon footprint. The global economy has run for a century primarily on fossil fuels but is now undergoing a rapid transition to a global […]

Crossroads on Global Infrastructure

A momentous choice is before us. Will we choose more mega-highway projects, centralized electric power plants, and mega-dams, or more decentralized wind and solar investments?

Do U.S. Election Financing Laws Force Politicians to Ignore Limits to Growth?

Brent Blackwelder explains the connection between campaign financing laws and a steady state economy.

An Economic Game Plan to Prevent Water Pollution

Water pollution is not just a technical problem. It’s an emergent property of our flawed economic system.

Surprises Lurk with Pending Obama Trade Deals

You don’t have to connect very many dots to see the rationale behind the proposed trade agreements. Unfortunately the rationale is irrational!

Insanity Reigns at the World Bank

Now’s the time to maintain pressure on the World Bank to avoid costly failures in constructing a 21st-century energy infrastructure.

Fixing Food and Farming with a True-Cost Economy

The transition to a steady state economy coincides with the transition to an ecologically sound food system.

What Kind of Example Is Canada Setting?

A look at Canada, a nation with such potential to be a sustainability leader, reveals a tragedy of wasted potential.