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Developing countries, on the other hand, must 1 The idea of raising energy tax in stages while at the same time lowering pension premiums. George W. Bush was the then President. 2 2 Factor 5: Towards an Affluent Society with Least Use of Resources 49 increase energy efﬁciency to ﬁve times what it is now, which is technically possible for sure. Imura: Although the population increase in developing countries may be a problem, this seems to be a good idea if emissions rights quotas are set based on the population at a certain time.
I think this is not a very high target but quite a reasonable ﬁgure. In terms of wealth, the Human Development Index, or HDI, has been developed by the UN. HDI is an index that represents the three aspects: economy, medicine/health and education. 8 or higher, you are making a decent living. 8, you are in poverty. The rectangle in the bottom right represents the sustainable range. How many countries are currently satisfying the conditions for a sustainable human society? In fact, only one country is currently inside this sustainability rectangle.
11 Bio-fuels are an ecological nightmare! Source The author’s archives Fig. 12 Solar, wind, hydro and geothermal are ﬁne on a small scale but can be nasty on a large scale. Source The author’s archives spoiled by power plants. They want no more hydroelectric plants or dams to be built, as they already have enough of them. How about geothermal power? It may sound good. But we have to dig as deep as the height of the Alps to make effective use of geothermal power. It is unrealistic. It is a program that cannot be achieved without spending tens of billions of money.