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
9, rue Gabillot, 69003 Lyon France

Bio: Trained as a development economist, Eric Britton is a public entrepreneur specializing in the field of sustainability and social justice. Professor of Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (Paris), he is also MD of EcoPlan Association, an independent advisory network providing strategic counsel for government and business on policy and decision issues involving complex systems, social-technical change and sustainable development. Founding editor of World Streets, his latest work focuses on the subject of equity, economy and efficiency in city transport and public space, and helping governments to ask the right questions -- and in the process, find practical solutions to urgent climate, mobility, life quality and job creation issues. More at: http://wp.me/PsKUY-2p7

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