Fejlagtig kritik har afsporet miljødebatten

Jørgen Nørgaard

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The paper deals with the 1972 report 'Limits to Growth', based on aggregate long term scenario analyses of population, resource use, pollution, etc. It indicated that continued growth in economy would in the long run lead to a collapse. But choosing other development paths could ensure everybody a sustainable and decent life. The critique of L.t.G turns out to be based on claims with no substance in the report. On the contrary, so far nothing has indicated that the report was in any sense fundamentally wrong. Unfortunately the erroneous critique has managed to convince many that the report was wrong and that indeed there are no limits to growth. Increasingly economists subscribe to the LtG conclusions, but far more than thirty years has been wasted on critizising the report instead of acting on its warnings.
Original languageEnglish
Issue number13 November
Pages (from-to)18
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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