Paul and Anne Ehrlich: The Twin Elephants in the Room

March 24, 2011

The current unrest in the Arab nations has called the world’s attention to some of the political and economic consequences of the West’s addiction to petroleum. But sadly it hasn’t brought back into focus two more fundamental and interrelated problems. The first is the population explosion; the second is the expectation of perpetual growth in per capita consumption, not just for several billion poor people, but for the billion or so who are already rich.

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