Re: Smart Meters in communities
From: Alison Etter (
Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2011 16:21:56 -0700 (PDT)
I totally agree with you about zero population growth.  Instead, in our
society, I see people guilted into keeping and looking after (in perpetuity)
severely mentally and physically disabled children even though they are a
huge cost to society, unconscious people being kept alive by machine, at
great cost, people with terminal diseases being forced remain alive long
after they would prefer to go, and many pregnant women forced to go to term
rather than have an abortion, when an abortion would be their preference.
 These are just a few examples.

I think a huge part of the problem is that our societies are economically
founded on continuous growth. For continuous growth, you have to have
continuously increasing demand.  That translates into a larger population.
 It is unsustainable.  And I don't see developed countries taking leadership
in moving in a new direction.  Greed underlies most decisions, as I see it.


On Mon, Jul 11, 2011 at 3:46 PM, Sharon Villines
<sharon [at]>wrote:

> I used to teach with a physicist who edited one of the best academic,
> peer-reviewed journals on physics. About 15 years ago, I asked her about the
> feasibility of solar power.  She said we don't know what it will do to the
> environment. No one has ever taken that much energy away from the sun before
> and converted to other uses. How will that affect the sun? How will it
> affect the …. She went on and on about the things we don't know about solar
> power. I doubt if we know more today, except that the technology has vastly
> improved. Whatever problems it might cause, it will cause faster.
> No matter what we do, It will affect us in unexpected ways. Doing nothing
> is also dangerous.
> What I wonder about is why no one is talking about zero population growth
> any more. The problem is too many people. We have to feed, clothe,
> entertain, etc, more people than we or the earth can support.
> Sharon
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