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Betting the Planet

Dan Borris

Julian Simon is shown with the five metals that, by dropping in price, won him a bet with Paul Ehrlich.
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You must place your bet. The stakes are high. On one side, catastrophe; we humans are rapidly overwhelming the earth's limited resources. On the other, utopia; human ingenuity will enable us to thrive beyond any natural limits.

If you view the world...

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