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I am skeptical of the distinction between "energy" and "raw materials." Energy, in the final analysis, is simply another raw material, not so different from many other.

The fundamental difference is between sustainable and unsustainable (use of) resources. Harvesting more of an unsustainable resource does not make you wealthier, for the same reason drawing down your bank account does not make you wealthier. Harvesting more of a sustainable resource (subject to the boundary condition that it remains sustainable) makes you wealthier, for the same reason getting a better paid job makes you wealthier.

Using resources more efficiently makes you wealthier, of course, for the same reason paying less rent on the same house makes you wealthier.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Fri Aug 31st, 2012 at 06:41:00 PM EST

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