The Transition from Exhaustible to Renewable or Inexhaustible Resources

  • Tjalling C. Koopmans
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Abstract

Allow me to begin with some simple and rather obvious remarks on the nature of the transition problem from exhaustible to renewable or inexhaustible resource use. First, a shift in resource use means also a shift in technology, because in this age resources go together with technologies that process them and put them to use. Secondly, while I have used the word ‘exhaustible’, the term ‘depletion’ is a more suitable word, in that it suggests a more gradual process. The later stages of depletion will then whenever possible call forth a substitute resource that allows society to meet the same or a similar need to that met by the resource being depleted. Finally, I will follow the model of price as a regulator that will touch off the substitution, smoothly if the degree and rate of depletion are foreseen sufficiently in advance.

Keywords

Zinc Combustion Phosphorus Dust Cobalt 

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© International Economic Association 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Tjalling C. Koopmans
    • 1
  1. 1.Yale UniversityUSA

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