Along similar lines as those followed by Bill MCkibben in his recent book (reviewed here on Aug.
7th; see here ), the N.R. Goodwin et al. online paper "Consumption and well-being" in the online Encyclopedia of Earth details the changing views of economists on "utility theory" and other theories of economics. More to the point of my purposes here is the section on "The Ecological Impact of Consumption". To find this, scroll about three-fourth's of way down the page here .