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So why doesn’t a baby hamster maintain its youthful growth spirt for more than a few weeks? Because it would weigh nine billion pounds by its first birthday. Similarly, our economy can’t grow forever on a finite planet. Something’s got to give. Richard Heinberg is one of the leading thinkers who says our current economic pains are not temporary, but the beginning of the end of growth. Heinberg is the author of “The Party’s Over” and “Peak Everything.” In our interview he explains the thesis of his latest (and most foreboding) book, “The End of Growth.” He also connects the dots between the financial crisis and peak oil, and tells us what it all has to do with Occupy Wall Street.