Posted: Nov 14, 2013 3:14 am
by Thommo
The bolded bit doesn't even relate to what I said. :scratch:

You're talking about energy consumption and its link to GDP, not population and its link to GDP. GDP per capita doesn't increase with population (by definition), so Steve's claim specifically asserts that there can be no GDP per capita growth, period.

Now, I could say that he hasn't provided evidence for this and I could say that he has a burden of proof for it, but since it's trivially false, let's just skip that step and accept the facts?

http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablo ... th-economy
For example this table (unfortunately the columns are mis-headed, but you can follow the link to the raw ONS data) shows that inflation adjusted GDP per capita grew by 238% from 1951 to 2012, whereas the population grew by only ~40% during the period from 1951 to 2012.

The claim I objected to is just plain false, it is not a fact at all.

ETA: This is a response to post #26, but two posts were submitted while I drafted it.