Why We Have No Working Theory of Energy and Material Consumption, and Why We Should Be Concerned

June 6, 2000 - 12:00pm
Bldg. 90
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Is the human capacity to consume energy and materials endless?  How much of a role does consumer demand play in current problems of climate change, environmental degradation, and resource depletion?  In this paper I argue that we really know very little about consumption, and we lack any adequate theory to explain it. I offer some explanations for this sad state of affairs, and suggest some ways that more useful and robust models of  consumption could be constructed.

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