JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: WHY THE OFTEN-HEARD EXPRESSION “WE’RE BURNING THROUGH OUR RESOURCES” MAKES VERY LITTLE SENSE   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN GOV’T SLAVES

“We are burning through the planet’s resources, living an unsustainable way of life”

I’m sorry, but this claim is inaccurate, and it is getting tiresome with countless repetitions. It is a kind of secular religious mantra.

It resembles the words both of those crazed Old Testament prophets who lived in caves and bellowed about everyone’s transgressions and of Chicken Little warning about the sky.

The fact is that what is defined as a resource changes through time.

Things become resources or cease being resources with changing technology over time. Resources are not a fixed thing like a pile of stones.

8,000 years ago, iron deposits were not a resource, just an impediment for someone trying to clear or use some land.

150 years ago, crude was an undesirable mess in some plots of earth, not a resource.

This is true of every resource you can name.

Even farmland may cease being a resource for growing food in a century or so. Our food will all come to be manufactured in a manner we find perfectly acceptable.

Nothing stays the same, except some people’s minds.

Posted February 27, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

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