The supply of money in an energy-scarce world

Aug 04, 2011 Comments Off on The supply of money in an energy-scarce world by

In this week’s article from Fleeing Vesuvius, Richard Douthwaite explores the relationship between money and energy. Money has no value unless it can be exchanged for goods and services but these cannot be supplied without the use of some form of energy. Consequently, if less energy is available in future, the existing stock of money can either lose its value gradually through inflation or, if inflation is resisted, be drastically reduced by the collapse of the banking system that created it. Many over-indebted countries face this choice at present — they cannot preserve both their banking systems and their currency’s value. To prevent this conflict in future, money needs to be issued in new, non-debt ways.

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