December 20, 2010

Economic growth and heresy

Peter Victor writes in Nature (Questioning economic growth):
The idea that governments of developed countries should no longer pursue economic growth as a primary policy objective is widely regarded as heresy. Yet a growing number of scholars, policy-makers and citizens are coming round to the idea that the planet cannot sustain continued global economic growth.
But economic growth is not a primary policy objective of the governments of developed countries, this is not widely regarded as heresy, and the number of citizens who say that the environment should be given priority is not growing.

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