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#317: Will Economic Growth Destroy The Planet?

October 25th, 2011

Episode 420 of 902 episodes

Economists love economic growth. It's an essential driver of rising living standards.But on today's show, we wrestle with a question we've heard a lot from our listeners: Is economic growth bad for the planet?We talk to one economist, Herman Daly, who argues that economic growth is in fact environmentally unsustainable.And we hear from a second, Robert Mendelsohn who says economic growth and a healthy environment can co-exist — but who argues we should include the effects of pollution in the price of electricity.

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