Bezos’s core argument is that this never-ending growth will drive an unsustainable doubling of energy use every 25 years that will lead to humanity running out of energy in 200 years.
In fact, because population growth in some places has started to slow, and economic growth has become less energy intensive, the world is making progress towards achieving sustainability — we are just making progress too slowly to avert catastrophic climate impacts.
He says the problem is that while you could meet the world’s energy demand today “by covering Nevada in solar cells,” this would mean that in 200 years at the 3% growth rate, “we will have to cover the entire surface of the earth in solar cells.
Most leading energy forecasters say it will be closer to 1% growth over the next two decades, and that’s without a big push to avoid a catastrophic climate change.
If Bezos made his focus helping the world avoid catastrophic climate change over the next two decades — rather than preparing for an imaginary future that isn’t going to happen — then we could actually make the earth sustainable.