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This programme is a discussion of the central issue raised in the previous television programme. Television 7 had argued that, in terms of fuel, we were moving into an age of scarcity and thus expe...nsive energy. Suggestions were made about the impact this would have on society. Television 8 takes up the theme of the impact on society and asks whether our economic and political system is able to cope with the impact. Can this system plan for the long term or is it only interested in short term considerations? Have we got sufficient data to predict the long term? What can we quantify and what remains unquantifiable? These questions and others are discussed by Edward Goldsmith of The Ecologist, Prof. Michael Hussey of The Open University, Lord Kearton of Courtaulds Ltd. and Shirley Williams, Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection. The discussion is chaired by Prof. Ezra. Mishan of the LSE and the programme is introduced by Neil Rubra of the Open University.
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Module code and title: D291, Statistical sources
Item code: D291; 08
First transmission date: 05-10-1975
Published: 1975
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Duration: 00:24:05
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Producer: Francis Sealey
Contributors: Neil Rubra; Ezra Mishan; Edward Goldsmith; Michael Hussey; Shirley Williams; Christopher Frank Kearton
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Democracy; Politics; Statistics
Footage description: Rubra introduces the programme which is a discussion loosely based on ideas from TV7. Clips from TV7. Rubra suggests how students of D291 may use their skills to analyse the discussion. Kearton and Williams look at industry's role in preserving resources and how the government is and must be involved. Hussey expresses his doubts about the possibilities of rational planning. Goldsmith and Hussey express sceptical opinions on how society might deal with scarce energy resources. Williams doesn't believe that the politics of a government really affects how the problem is dealt with. Both she and Hussey comment on the difficulties of quantifying long-term objectives. Kearton again stresses the important role of private enterprise with Hussey again being sceptical. Goldsmith queries the assumption that technology will solve all problems. He suggests that mankind is getting a poor substitute through material goods for the natural resources being used. Kearton disagrees with Goldsmith by stating how modern technology has improved most people's living conditions. Williams points out that much technology is beneficial - not all of it is used for producing idle luxuries. Credits.
Master spool number: 6HT/71719
Production number: 00525_2191
Videofinder number: 169
Available to public: no