Yep, as the rich get richer and the rest of us get poorer, GDP rises and our natural resources dwindle. Here’s a chart from the Demos think tank showing that:
From Think Progress, where I found it:
“A new report by the Demos think tank explains that Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is a poor measure of economic health. Not only are the fortunes of everyday Americans not tied to the rise in GDP, but this growth is based on the most dangerous kind of deficit spending — using up irreplaceable natural resources and ecosystems. Using data from the Global Footprint Network, the chart below shows how our planet’s biocapacity is being sacrificed for short-term rewards that mostly go to the richest few.”
Yep, using up our water, air, climate, and other natural resources to make your billions—that’s the way you rich folk roll.