To simply respond to the first paragraph of the author's article on TruthDig, stating:
“By 2050, humanity could devour an estimated 140 billion tons of minerals, ores, fossil fuels and biomass per year—three times its current appetite—unless the economic growth rate is ‘decoupled’ from the rate of natural resource consumption.”
The logical answer would be "not if the people of the world are educated about these facts, are educated and encouraged to seek natural fuels ( solar, wind, etc. ), are educated and taught how to live independently and to produce for themselves and their community.
This hype would surely NOT happen if people were NOT treated like the chattel they've been cornered and subdued into resembling.