An interview with Amory Lovins on the concept of Natural Capitalism. It has received the following critiques:
- Herman Daly said: “Some folks, like Amory Lovins, think that GNP could grow 10 fold or more with a constant throughput. I tend to doubt it. I believe the coupling is stronger than that, but if Amory is right that’s fine with me. Let GNP grow forever as long as throughput is constrained and held constant.” (see also Sustainability and the scale of the economy (Herman Daly))
- Lovins argues that just as it was impossible 250 years ago to conceive radical labour productivity, it is equally difficult today to imagine radical resource productivity. It is not hard to imagine: what about the 110 year old lightbulb? Others argue that the problem is not technological, it is with our focus on quantity instead of quality. See: Pyramids of Waste (Cosima Dannoritzer) and in Moving Forward (Zeitgeist).
- For another critique of the concept, check out: Trainer, F. E. (2001). Natural capitalism cannot overcome resource limit. Minnesotans for sustainability