• Richard C. Schwing
Part of the General Motors Research Laboratories book series (RLSS)


Finite resources meeting competing desires require efficient expenditures in all areas of life, even those that are life extending. Efficiency thus becomes synonymous with trade-offs. A survey of longevity for longevity trades introduces the concept of choosing among alternative life extending programs.

The 55 mph speed limit introduces more dimensions into the problem and the trade-offs become more difficult. Finally, the risks inherent in different energy futures present a very complex trade-off problem. The situation is complicated by individual and group perspectives and illustrates why a political consensus is difficult to achieve. The paper graphically illustrates why our institutions are virtually paralyzed by attempting to gain a mutually acceptable policy.


Speed Limit Electric Power Research Institute Smoke Alarm Finite Resource Herring Gull 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard C. Schwing
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  1. 1.General Motors Research LaboratoriesWarrenUSA

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