“Arithmetic, population and energy” by Dr Albert A Bartlett

MUST WATCH if you want to understand the numbers of where we are with energy and population.


This is one of those videos I keep coming back to. Each time I watch it, I find that it’s easier to understand.

Greg Craven (of manpollo.org and gregcraven.org) uploaded the playlist of all eight short videos comprising in total 1 hour and 15 minutes. Possibly the most illuminating hour and a quarter of anybody’s life — certainly of mine. It inspired me to write ‘ten doublings‘ a couple of years ago.

My recommendation: don’t think about it, go watch it (even if that means watching it again). As Greg says:

“This needs to be required listening for every person on the planet. Nothing else will matter if we don’t understand this.”

I’m intrigued by the ‘watched’ totals shown in the playlist. As at today’s date, these read as follows for each part:Graph of views of the 8 parts of Arithmetic, population and energy documentary

  1. 2,652,091
  2. 0,710,034
  3. 0,527,704
  4. 0,433,272
  5. 0,181,444
  6. 0,310,453
  7. 0,307,805
  8. 0,420,410

Questions, questions… 1) Does the…

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14 thoughts on ““Arithmetic, population and energy” by Dr Albert A Bartlett

  1. I don’t spend an hour watching anything these days. 10 minutes…maybe.
    But I assume this is related to zero population growth, which was a big thing when I was young, but I never even hear mentioned any more. Obviously the planet can’t sustain continued human population growth. (K)

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    1. The segments are each about 9 minutes long. It’s not only about population growth, but oil and coal about to run out. He points out how misleading statements and a lack of understanding of how things expand and shrink has left us in a really awful place.

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        1. I agree on entirely new economics. Dr. Bartlett considers sustainable growth to be a dirty word. There is no such thing, according to him. No growth is sustainable, not even small amounts.

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          1. He is right. A reciprocal relationship with our environment would be a better description of what a lot of people mean when they say that I think. The impulse to expand is indeed not sustainable.

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  2. I listened to it in parts. It’s very interesting. Green is the way to go…natural energy…. that we are not using up what we have.
    We talked about it the other day…there are options and we better start using them other than fossil fuel.

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      1. Jennifer is pushing me for it. It is clean and natural.

        I have seen some good ideas about cooling houses. Whenever air goes below ground it cools…it’s a system where air goes through pipes underground and it cools down and it goes into the house.

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        1. Yes, it’s called geothermal. Our next door neighbors have it. I know they have to dig up a huge area to install it. It’s another one of those things where it has to be replaced every so often, as the pipes will shift underground. Not sure what kind of land you have there but it’s muddy and things shift here very easily.

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          1. Does it work in their house?
            We have the opposite…very rocky but yet we have basements everywhere here. It looks like a good idea.

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            1. The neighbors had a large field dug up and the pipes got buried underground and the water circulated in them then returned to the house. I don’t think they work in basements but I could be wrong.

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              1. Oh I just meant they do dig here. That is one thing I wanted to try. On paper it works.

                I would like to be more self reliant…and to have clean energy.

                Our preacher has an electric car. He wants a Tesla…he really likes his car though…I believe it’s a Nissan. More charging places are opening.

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                1. Tesla has a “power wall” that you can use to charge your car, but it also works to store energy from solar or wind power. The electricity is still being generated from some power source at the charging places…

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