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I'm surprised you had to write this post, at least for your readership.

That GDP and carbon emissions are proxies for each other, within certain bounds defined by the efficiency with which we convert one to the other, seems like it should be accepted on its face without a bunch of mathematical formulas to confuse the issue.

Even a draft horse doing work -- and thus creating measurable GDP -- emits CO2 in the process. The only difference is that the carbon emitted wasn't originally pulled from an underground sink. It was recycled within the biosphere, within the bounds of the throughput speeds that natural systems can handle.

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