A world out of gas (Paul Ehrlich was right*)

From The New Mobility Fine Arts Collection

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Painting generously donated by Anonymous to the Collection’s Autumn 2016 Inner Eye Exhibit.

Our chief curator reports:

We have been obliged to do extensive research to find the origins of this classic work, which we have reason to believe traces to the world energy crisis of 1973.

Roughly 80% of what you see here is by the 19th century grimly classic French portraitist William-Adolphe Bouguereau. The pump from the now defunct Gulf Oil company (RIP 1984). The little sign? We are still looking for the artist.

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* “Paul Ehrlich was right”. This refers to a famous bet back in 1980 between Paul Ehrlich, a noted environmentalist) and Julian Simon, an equally famous  business economist. Ehrlich insisted that resources would become more expensive:as they were running out in the face of the world population explosion (Club of Rome et al), while  Simon reasoned the opposite: namely that more science and more technology were going to lead to improved methods of extraction and lower usage per unit of production. Thus prices should fall.

Who won and why? Check out the scoresheet of Professor Robert Ayres that you will find  over the coming weekend at https://ruayres.wordpress.com/ (Ayres on Environment, Exergy, Economy & Growth.

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About the New Mobility Fine Arts Collection

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Office of the Chief Curator:

Eric Britton
13, rue Pasteur. Courbevoie 92400 France

Bio: Founding editor of World Streets (1988), Eric Britton is an American political scientist, teacher, occasional consultant, and sustainability activist who has observed, learned, taught and worked on missions and advisory assignments on all continents. In the autumn of 2019, he committed his remaining life work to the challenges of aggressively countering climate change and specifically greenhouse gas emissions emanating from the mobility sector. He is not worried about running out of work. Further background and updates: @ericbritton | http://bit.ly/2Ti8LsX | #fekbritton | https://twitter.com/ericbritton | and | https://www.linkedin.com/in/ericbritton/ Contact: climate@newmobility.org) | +336 508 80787 (Also WhatApp) | Skype: newmobility.)

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