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April 12, 2012, 05:02
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Continued Economic Growth: Boiling Temp in 400 Years

Or, My Dinner With Andre the Giant Economist.

Another fun bit from Tom Murphy. Shades of Plato’s Republic.

…The upshot is that at a 2.3% growth rate (conveniently chosen to represent a 10× increase every century), we would reach boiling temperature in about 400 years. [Pained expression from economist.]

via Exponential Economist Meets Finite Physicist | Do the Math.

The economist says he believes that energy will become “arbitrarily cheap” in the future, before realizing how stupid that is.