USA Today reports today that thefts of electrical power are way up.  One telling statistic in the article is that “4% of home accounts” were shut off last year, a doubling over the the previous year.

This information ties to one of the themes (or is it memes?) of Environment Memo in terms of the present economic crisis and the availability of resources.  It is going to be difficult, if not impossible, to return to the previous level of consumption which the growth paradigm requires.  We, as a nation, and as a world, are going to have to figure out how to take care of those who cannot find work and who cannot pay their power bills.  The problem is that many may never find work because the resources are likely not going to be there to achieve the old level of consumption (regardless of technological innovation).   I have little doubt that we will meet the challenge, but it is not going to be easy.  In an upcoming post, I’ll talk about how we grow as we adapt and address crises.