“We cannot set limits for growth. But which kind of growth do we need? An economic growth at any cost? Growth in itself is neither our enemy, nor our problem. It is the way we have grown, and the way we continue to grow that is our common challenge.” (Source: Europa)
This article by EU climate commissioner Hedegaard is symptomatic of political leaders’ stubborn denial of biophysical limits to growth. Of course, we "cannot set limits". It is our planet’s operating system which sets them and we need to re-engineer our way of life accordingly.