The Environment, Capitalism, and Technology — a review

  • the Industrial Revolution that hurt the earth
  • what Capitalism is, and what it isn’t
  • the different types of energy we could be using
  • why the crazy is winning on GMO’s
  • how to manage the global environment
  • how to make something from (practically) nothing
  • let free trade happen

The Industrial Revolution that hurt the earth

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U.S. Real GDP and Total Energy Consumption, 1800–2017 — Source

What is and isn’t Capitalism?

What Capitalism is:

  • it’s getting goods and services into the hands of the people
  • it’s private companies who are primarily responsible for producing these goods and services
  • it means prices are not centrally controlled
  • it’s the voluntary exchange of people, goods and services

What Capitalism isn’t:

  • it’s not responsible for damage to the environment
  • it doesn’t stop people getting left behind
  • it doesn’t prevent inequality
  • it doesn’t prevent pollution
  • it doesn’t prevent species being lost to the earth

What types of energy should we be using?

We have one source of scalable energy — nuclear -and we’re running away from it

Mortality rate per energy source. Source

The crazy is winning on GMO’s

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How to manage the global environment

The Chinese reduced particulate in the atmosphere by 30% in 4 years. The U.S. took 12 years to achieve the same thing.

Carbon dividends

Let’s make pollution expensive

Making something from nothing

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Ephemeralization: Making more & more with less & less, until we make everything with nothing

  • swapping out one resource for another as rare earth metals disappear, we use something else
  • optimising our use of resources so everything runs more efficiently
  • evaporating a resource and replace it by nothing e.g. no need to print out maps or emails when you can use your phone for that.

Let free trade happen

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Prosperity comes from free trade.

Let free trade happen




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