dtcochrane wrote:How is energy consumption measured?
The idea of substituting fossil fuels for labour power came up on my recent blog post and your subsequent comment. Earlier regimes would've been making more use of labour power, which was fueled by agriculture.
blairfix wrote:note that it is impossible to increase per capita energy consumption by increasing the use of human labor. Adding labor will increase the use of total biomass (agriculture), but since caloric intake per person is essentially unchanging, per capita consumption will remain unaffected.
blairfix wrote:Good point. However, this is true only if we assume that those outside the workforce are not engaged in industrious activity (in the Veblen sense). I would argue that entering the workforce mostly means a monetization of time, not the transformation of human activity from leisure to "work".
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