Run for the hills: Yet another study informs us of the imminent end of life as we know it

posted at 10:01 am on May 17, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

The end is nigh! Or so our esteemed environmental prophets are telling us… yet again.

Humans will need two Earths to support our lifestyles by 2030 because we are draining the world’s resources so quickly, a new report has warned.

Produced by the World Wildlife Fund, the Zoological Society of London, the Global Footprint Network and the European Space Agency, the 2012 Living Planet Report measures humans’ ecological footprint on the planet.

At the moment, the picture is bleak, according to Jim Leape, Director General of WWF International, with resources being drained 50 per cent faster than they can be replenished.

He said: “We’re all familiar with the stories of what we’re doing to Planet Earth, the ways in which we’re changing the climate, depleting the world’s fisheries, destroying the world’s forests. …

“The report tells us that we’re already using the earth’s resources 50 per cent faster than it can be replenished, and that, if we don’t change our ways, by 2030 we will need two planets to support us.”

Over the decades, doomsayers have predicted that the growing pace of human activity simply isn’t sustainable. Catastrophes ranging from war, famine, and even human extinction are just a few years ’round the corner, they insist, mainly stemming from a crisis in global energy supplies. They imagine that the finite supply of oil on earth and our increasing production means that we’re sucking the planet dry with alarming rapidity.

The greens are especially freaked out these days, as economic growth in the population-dense countries of China and India means more of their citizens are becoming wealthy enough to afford cars and electricity and other modern conveniences (quelle horreur!), adding to worldwide oil demand. Yet, we’ve sailed right past these supposed apocalyptic moments every time, with little fanfare.

The date of the predicted peak has moved over the years. It was once supposed to arrive by Thanksgiving 2005. Then the “unbridgeable supply demand gap” was expected “after 2007.” Then it was to arrive in 2011. Now “there is a significant risk of a peak before 2020.” …

The first was in the 1880s, when production was concentrated in Pennsylvania and it was said that no oil would be found west of the Mississippi. Then oil was found in Texas and Oklahoma. Similar fears emerged after the two world wars. And in the 1970s, it was said that the world was going to fall off the “oil mountain.” But since 1978, world oil output has increased by 30%.

Just in the years 2007 to 2009, for every barrel of oil produced in the world, 1.6 barrels of new reserves were added. And other developments—from more efficient cars and advances in batteries, to shale gas and wind power—have provided reasons for greater confidence in our energy resiliency. Yet the fear of peak oil maintains its powerful grip.

President Obama is partial to this sort of scaremongering rhetoric, too. A couple months back, when he was trotting out the energy-theme from his campaign-distractions wheelhouse, he was fond of iterating sentences along the line of: “After all, oil is a finite resource.  We consume more than 20 percent of the world’s oil, but have less than 2 percent of the world’s oil reserves.” …What the what? Anyone who knows anything about energy knows that this statement assumes proven reserves — but new discoveries and further technological/economic innovations are making more oil available for extraction all the time. Oil resources might be finite, but our proven reserves sure aren’t. For instance, just last week, the GAO announced that the Green River Formation in a few of our Western states is sitting atop oil supplies greater than the rest of the world’s current proven reserves, combined. So much for that “2 percent” nonsense.

And, by the way, what might be this new study suggest as the solution to this ostensible emergency?

Mr Leape stresses that the starting point for reducing our impact on the planet is to end our love affair with fossil fuels – “the energy technology of the 20th century” – and switch to renewable energy.

Mm hmm. Of course, I’m sure that his proposal is a completely dispassionate, not-at- all political exhortation, riiight?

Here’s the real deal: The earth has never been a better place in which to live. Yes, I said it. Worldwide, people live longer, consume more calories, earn more money, bury fewer children, and enjoy more modern conveniences than ever before — even though the world population has more than doubled in less than half a century. And thanks to ever-improving efficiency, innovation, and new technologies, life can continue to get better, and our demand for oil may even flatten out eventually. What’s with all the gloom and doom? If catastrophe really is on it’s way, it’ll be because nobody seems to be able to lock it up and get their fiscal house in order, not because we need a second planet earth.


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Lucky for us we have at least eight other planets in the Solar System.

unclesmrgol on May 17, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Living causes Death! Everything that has ever died has lived first, and everything that lives is going to die.

How much can I get the government to pay me to write that up in 2500 pages?

jaydee_007 on May 17, 2012 at 10:04 AM

The mud hut theory of environmentalists is getting old.

upinak on May 17, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Yup ignore the massive decreases in bio-divesity. Ignore the shrinking fresh water supply. Ignore the massive declines in forestry around the world. Ignore the growing cancer rates linked to chemicals used to manufacture our food. Ignore the wars being waged in Central Africa to fuel our monstrous need for precious minerals and diamonds. Ignore it all!

libfreeordie on May 17, 2012 at 10:06 AM

We do change our lifestyle when something better comes along. For those concerned, build something better.

RBMN on May 17, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Whatever “they” recommend we do:
The World Wildlife Fund, the Zoological Society of London, the Global Footprint Network and the European Space Agency, the 2012 Living Planet Report.
Goes first, and then they can let me know how it worked out for them…
:/

ChicagoBlues on May 17, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Another Earth? Break out the terraformers. LV-426 isn’t that far away. What could go wrong?

Nick_Angel on May 17, 2012 at 10:08 AM

When all these organizations start running their operations from a peat hut heated with acorn-fed fires and powered by a waterwheel, then maybe I’ll start listening to what they have to say.

Bishop on May 17, 2012 at 10:08 AM

libfreeordie on May 17, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Where’d you buy the chlorphyll based PC you’re typing on champ?

harlekwin15 on May 17, 2012 at 10:10 AM

The New Malthusians strike again…

JohnGalt23 on May 17, 2012 at 10:10 AM

I learned early that everything the WWF does is fake.

RSbrewer on May 17, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Here’s the real deal: The earth has never been a better place in which to live. Yes, I said it. Worldwide, people live longer, consume more calories, earn more money, bury fewer children, and enjoy more modern conveniences than ever before — even though the world population has more than doubled in less than half a century.

How selfish of us! ;0

We need to be miserable or something.

Happy Nomad on May 17, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Yup ignore the massive decreases in bio-divesity. Ignore the shrinking fresh water supply. Ignore the massive declines in forestry around the world. Ignore the growing cancer rates linked to chemicals used to manufacture our food. Ignore the wars being waged in Central Africa to fuel our monstrous need for precious minerals and diamonds. Ignore it all!

libfreeordie on May 17, 2012 at 10:06 AM

How about we just ignore you and your Enviro-Nazi Bull$hit instead…

SWalker on May 17, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Gee…the World Wildlife Fund…founded in 1961 by Julian Huxley, at the time the President of the British Eugenics Society.

I’m sure we can trust whatever they have to say. F**king psychopaths.

MadisonConservative on May 17, 2012 at 10:12 AM

If only we had a second “earth” we could banish these loons to.

toby11 on May 17, 2012 at 10:12 AM

As with “man made global warming” I’ll take this seriously when the alarmists demonstrate their sincerity by setting an example IN THEIR OWN LIVES.

When they start giving up their McMansions, their air conditioning, traveling by limousine and private jet, and their international “environmental” conferences in exotic locales I MIGHT begin to take what they say seriously.

And if mass human death is the solution, I want to see THEM line up first.

wildcat72 on May 17, 2012 at 10:12 AM

@libfreeordie:

Ignore it all!

Good idea. Believe I’ll start with you.

I would encourage the enlightened souls at the WWF should set an example for the rest of us and give up the Range Rovers, the nice houses, the trendy “outdoor” clothing, the well stocked stainless steel freezers full of “organic” and “fair trade” morsels, the breezy vacations to exotic and exclusive resorts round the globe.

Yup, hand it all over to us po’ slobs in flyover country. Embrace the nobility of squatting in the mud.

You first, “thought” leaders.

We’re right behind you. Honest.

GrassMudHorsey on May 17, 2012 at 10:12 AM

How much can I get the government to pay me to write that up in 2500 pages?

jaydee_007 on May 17, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Depends, can you link it back to the the theme that Mitt Romney was a bully in prep school?

Happy Nomad on May 17, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Yup ignore the massive decreases in bio-divesity. Ignore the shrinking fresh water supply. Ignore the massive declines in forestry around the world. Ignore the growing cancer rates linked to chemicals used to manufacture our food. Ignore the wars being waged in Central Africa to fuel our monstrous need for precious minerals and diamonds. Ignore it all!

libfreeordie on May 17, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Better yet, we should ignore the fact that you’re using a computer that is jam-packed with chemical and petroleum derived parts, sending out comments over a massive energy-hogging server system, and would scream bloody murder if the government demanded you turn it all over to them to save the world.

I know I know, you would get to keep all the luxuries because you do important work; sacrifice is only for the flyover types.

Bishop on May 17, 2012 at 10:13 AM

This is probably going to be news to the Amry Corp of Engineers.

We have these things called fisheries in the United States :)

Give a man a fish feed him for a day, teach a man to farm fish feed him and his neighbors decades.

Dr Evil on May 17, 2012 at 10:13 AM

How much can I get the government to pay me to write that up in 2500 pages?

jaydee_007 on May 17, 2012 at 10:04 AM

If you change the conclusion and submit a three-page, single-spaced letter by noon. You just might get a government grant.

Fallon on May 17, 2012 at 10:13 AM

libfreeordie on May 17, 2012 at 10:06 AM

so explain to me why you are typing on a oil made and oil friendly computer (you do realize plastic is oil right), using electricity made from coal, on an the internet that has radio waves that supposedly create tumors or on a cable that uses filament glass?

If you don’t like it, there is a mud hut I can sell you.

upinak on May 17, 2012 at 10:14 AM

The answer is clearly more abortions.

steebo77 on May 17, 2012 at 10:14 AM

“The report tells us that we’re already using the earth’s resources 50 per cent faster than it can be replenished, and that, if we don’t change our ways, by 2030 we will need two planets to support us.”

I have no problem with all liberals inhabiting this new planet.

Rovin on May 17, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Another Earth? Break out the terraformers. LV-426 isn’t that far away. What could go wrong?

Nick_Angel on May 17, 2012 at 10:08 AM

On the positive side, maybe we can use this BS propaganda to get the Federation Enterprise built…

Could we really build Starfleet’s USS Enterprise?

I means seriously, if we’re going to need another Earth, then we’re also going to need a way to get there, right???

SWalker on May 17, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Bishop on May 17, 2012 at 10:13 AM

*snort* get outta my head!

upinak on May 17, 2012 at 10:15 AM

251,000 square feet at WWF headquarters. But yes, it’s a green building so ignore the massiveness.

http://www.worldwildlife.org/who/green-headquarters/index.html

Bishop on May 17, 2012 at 10:16 AM

When they start giving up their McMansions, their air conditioning, traveling by limousine and private jet, and their international “environmental” conferences in exotic locales I MIGHT begin to take what they say seriously.

wildcat72 on May 17, 2012 at 10:12 AM

That’s just silly. Liberal environmentalists don’t practice what they demand. They are entitled by the very fact they are “aware” of the global crisis when we are not.

Happy Nomad on May 17, 2012 at 10:16 AM

We’re all doomed.

Time to cutback on donations to the WWF .. they have failed

J_Crater on May 17, 2012 at 10:17 AM

So all those folks in the World Wildlife Fund, the Zoological Society of London, the Global Footprint Network and the European Space Agency are gonna rip off their clothes and go find a cave to live in.

Right?

GarandFan on May 17, 2012 at 10:18 AM

I have no problem with all liberals inhabiting this new planet.

Rovin on May 17, 2012 at 10:14 AM

no planet in this solar system will be far enough away…. including Uranus.

upinak on May 17, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Yup ignore the massive decreases in bio-divesity. Ignore the shrinking fresh water supply. Ignore the massive declines in forestry around the world. Ignore the growing cancer rates linked to chemicals used to manufacture our food. Ignore the wars being waged in Central Africa to fuel our monstrous need for precious minerals and diamonds. Ignore it all!

libfreeordie on May 17, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Too bad much of what you’re saying is BS. In countries with a decent economy, net deforestation has reached zero. Since the middle of the 19th century, there have been sustained new efficiencies in fuel and resource usage. Sorry it’s not quick enough for impulsive liberals like yourself, but news flash: the world doesn’t get better overnight. You can’t just pull the stupid high school bulls**t of “demanding” we lower certain emissions by a certain time. Industry will cause that to happen, not government environmental agencies creating restrictions that hamper capabilities to compete.

MadisonConservative on May 17, 2012 at 10:18 AM

If only we had a second “earth” we could banish these loons to.

toby11 on May 17, 2012 at 10:12 AM

….Newt’s Moon Colony?

KOOLAID2 on May 17, 2012 at 10:19 AM

I think I remember this environmental armageddon talk in elementary school in the 70′s

uniclone on May 17, 2012 at 10:20 AM

libfreeordie on May 17, 2012 at 10:06 AM

so explain to me why you are typing on a oil made and oil friendly computer (you do realize plastic is oil right), using electricity made from coal, on an the internet that has radio waves that supposedly create tumors or on a cable that uses filament glass?

If you don’t like it, there is a mud hut I can sell you.

upinak on May 17, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Don’t forget the girls and women in the Congo that made libfreeordie’s smart phone, computer etc possible.

Dr Evil on May 17, 2012 at 10:20 AM

World Wildlife Fund?

LOL

The Harold Campings of Environmentalism.

Good Lt on May 17, 2012 at 10:21 AM

I have no problem with all liberals inhabiting this new planet.

Rovin on May 17, 2012 at 10:14 AM

no planet in this solar system will be far enough away…. including Uranus.

upinak on May 17, 2012 at 10:18 AM

What is wrong with you guys? Why would we let the Libs have the brand spanking new un exploited planet? WE get the new one, they get to keep the broken down stripped and dying one… We’re the evil Capitalists, remember… That’s how we roll…

SWalker on May 17, 2012 at 10:21 AM

What did your mother tell you? It’s all fun and games until someone destroys an ecosystem.

swinia sutki on May 17, 2012 at 10:21 AM

If only we had never existed.

Big Orange on May 17, 2012 at 10:21 AM

“We must all sacrifice to save Mother Gaia.”

-Ok, liberal, give me that Starbucks you’re drinking.

“GO F**K YOURSELF!”

Bishop on May 17, 2012 at 10:22 AM

SWalker on May 17, 2012 at 10:21 AM

uranus is a dead planet…. but I could sell them a blankie.

upinak on May 17, 2012 at 10:22 AM

I think I remember this environmental armageddon talk in elementary school in the 70′s

uniclone on May 17, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Yes but then it was the coming next ice age, and of course the human population bomb. Old hippies never die, they just keep whining and nagging.

Dr Evil on May 17, 2012 at 10:22 AM

If only we had never existed.

Big Orange on May 17, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Well, the Marxist progressive Liberal eco-Nazi’s anyway…

SWalker on May 17, 2012 at 10:23 AM

And we should listen to the hobbits … because?

OldEnglish on May 17, 2012 at 10:24 AM

SWalker on May 17, 2012 at 10:21 AM

uranus is a dead planet…. but I could sell them a blankie.

upinak on May 17, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Hmmm, can I get the Mitten concession??

SWalker on May 17, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Second look at Newt’s moon base?

PerceptorII on May 17, 2012 at 10:24 AM

I’ve always found it ironic that liberals call themselves progressives while their predictions for the future always assume a keeping of the status quo instead of assuming that innovation, which happens every day, will make the world different 5, 10, 50 years from now, regardless of what they do.

cpaulus on May 17, 2012 at 10:24 AM

And we should listen to the hobbits … because?

OldEnglish on May 17, 2012 at 10:24 AM

the fate of middle earth is in their hands?

upinak on May 17, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Humans will need two Earths to support our lifestyles by 2030 because we are draining the world’s resources so quickly, a new report has warned.

What say we build you guys a ship and launch you into space to go look for a suitable second earth. Give us a holler when you find one.

Lost in Jersey on May 17, 2012 at 10:25 AM

ignore the fact that the forests are regrowing faster than they can be cut down.

TerryW on May 17, 2012 at 10:26 AM

I just wanna know where to sign up so eyes can do me somes Na’vi killing and unobtanium mining. Eye seens James Cameerons movie. Eyes knows whats a comen.

NotCoach on May 17, 2012 at 10:26 AM

The Mayans have nothing on the Gaians when it comes to doomsaying.

BKennedy on May 17, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Ummm… oil is not a finite resource.

ButterflyDragon on May 17, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Forget ‘Peak Oil’, we need to accept the concept of ‘Peak Government’: Acknowledging The Arrival Of Peak Government

Governments must get smaller, we really have no choice.

slickwillie2001 on May 17, 2012 at 10:28 AM

libfreeordie on May 17, 2012 at 10:06 AM

I find it much easier to just ignore the embarrassingly ignorant.

NotCoach on May 17, 2012 at 10:29 AM

I’ve always found it ironic that liberals call themselves progressives while their predictions for the future always assume a keeping of the status quo instead of assuming that innovation, which happens every day, will make the world different 5, 10, 50 years from now, regardless of what they do.

cpaulus on May 17, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Central Planning doesn’t factor in for innovation, although they will be more than happy to regulate and tax the he11 out of the innovator. It’s group think, conformity, and mental midgets, bright shiny objects for distraction – if it looks like any of the plebes are getting curious about what’s going on behind the curtain.

Dr Evil on May 17, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Read about this over at the Daily Kos.

They give a list of the 14 top polluting countries. Qatar is #1. US is somewhere like #6. China and India aren’t even listed.

bernverdnardo1 on May 17, 2012 at 10:30 AM

upinak on May 17, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Ok, now we’re doomed!

OldEnglish on May 17, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Ok, now we’re doomed!

OldEnglish on May 17, 2012 at 10:30 AM

My Precious… strokes a polar bear.

upinak on May 17, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Give a man a fish feed him for a day, teach a man to farm fish feed him and his neighbors decades.

Dr Evil on May 17, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Or, as my wife uses to say, “give man a fish he’s fed for a day, teach man to fish and you’re free for the whole weekend”.

Archivarix on May 17, 2012 at 10:33 AM

The Discovery Channel Shooter got his manifesto published?

BruinEric on May 17, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Let me guess…

This latest catastrophe could be averted for, say, 20 or 30 percent of my income?

trigon on May 17, 2012 at 10:33 AM

What say we build you guys a ship and launch you into space to go look for a suitable second earth. Give us a holler when you find one.

Lost in Jersey on May 17, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Ummm, How about we build a ship, and use it to strand them on an asteroid while we go exploring instead?

SWalker on May 17, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Mount Saint Helens spewed more toxic ash and CO2 into the atmosphere in three days than this nation has created in 200 + years of the industrial age. Just wait till the supervolcano that lies beneath Yellowstone National Park erupts—then these environmental wackos will get their new planet.

Rovin on May 17, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Didn’t Obama just endorse exploration of Uranus?

Archivarix on May 17, 2012 at 10:34 AM

If only we had a second “earth” we could banish these loons to.

toby11 on May 17, 2012 at 10:12 AM

What? And give them another chance to screw things up there as well? I think not!

Turtle317 on May 17, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Wait, didn’t I just read somewhere else that all the new trees we are planting are using up our water.
We can’t win

EVAmom on May 17, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Or, as my wife uses to say, “give man a fish he’s fed for a day, teach man to fish and you’re free for the whole weekend”.

Archivarix on May 17, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Wow… If your wife were a man she would have said… “give man a fish he’s fed for a day, teach man to fish and you have a fishing partner for the whole weekend”.

SWalker on May 17, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Paul Erlich was claiming mass starvation by the late ’80′s, early 90′s. No amount of false, failed estimates would deter him. He’s probably mumbling in a cave somewhere now. But nothing changes, these people just push back the dates and raise the funds, fanaticism needs cash it seems. And how is Al Gore doing these days ?

arand on May 17, 2012 at 10:35 AM

libfreeordie

Is that you Cassandra? It must be miserable to be you.

JAM on May 17, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Cults often use end-of-the-world dates to evangelize. Apparently the WWF is no exception.

BruinEric on May 17, 2012 at 10:36 AM

The good news is NASA is working on getting us there. Oh. Wait.

BKeyser on May 17, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Didn’t Obama just endorse exploration of Uranus?

Archivarix on May 17, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Not mine… It has a “NO ENTRANCE, EXIT ONLY” sign on it…

SWalker on May 17, 2012 at 10:37 AM

then these environmental wackos will get their new planet.

Rovin on May 17, 2012 at 10:34 AM

LMFAO! When a volcano blows up here, those wack jobs stand out and watch it blow. I wish I was joking. The “normal” people who have seen a volcano blow, start getting ready for the ash to fall but covering vehicles, getting water and food ready, buying extra filters and so on.

You would be amazed at the stupidity of people.

upinak on May 17, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Battlestar Galactica went looking for a new planet, and look what it got them.

Bishop on May 17, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Libs and eco-nuts should do the world a favor and just off themselves. It’s the only way for the world to be sustainable. Then, in their lasts moments of life, they can feel like they did their part to “save the environment.” (TM)

njrob on May 17, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Battlestar Galactica went looking for a new planet, and look what it got them.

Bishop on May 17, 2012 at 10:38 AM

yeah, they mated with cylons.

upinak on May 17, 2012 at 10:40 AM

There are real shortages in the future, but few if any have any correlation to the ones the libtards whine about. The book “Don’t Let the Goats Eat the Loquat Trees” (written by a medical missionary) warns that Nepal is simply running out of farmland, but there’s no idiotic panicmongering.

MelonCollie on May 17, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Hey FactFreeorLie,

You forgot to bring race into your post. You feeling ok?

H.E. Pennypacker on May 17, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Can we send the greenies to Mars? Tell them if they can colonize it, it’s theirs.

Blacksoda on May 17, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Yup ignore the massive decreases in bio-divesity. Ignore the shrinking fresh water supply. Ignore the massive declines in forestry around the world. Ignore the growing cancer rates linked to chemicals used to manufacture our food. Ignore the wars being waged in Central Africa to fuel our monstrous need for precious minerals and diamonds. Ignore it all!

libfreeordie on May 17, 2012 at 10:06 AM

You liberal nutters amuse me. You love talking about how horrible the problem supposedly is but desperately ignore the solution.

There is only one solution to the problems liberal envirowacko’s envision: World war III and a scale of human slaughter and civilizational destruction never known in human history. Even if you could convince Europe and America to return to the pre-industrial age you’d have to literally nuke China and India back there and install a world-wide regime that would retain industrial level technology while preventing any other nations from industrializing.

Instead you like to pretend that some magical unicorn powered energy source is just around the bend that will solve all our problems. Pathetic.

gwelf on May 17, 2012 at 10:50 AM

50 years ago we only had ten years left before the world starved and the oceans consumed the land.

40 years ago we only had ten years left before the world starved and the oceans consumed the land.

30 years ago we only had ten years left before the world starved and the oceans consumed the land.

20 years ago we only had ten years left before the world starved and the oceans consumed the land.

10 years ago we only had ten years left before the world starved and the oceans consumed the land.

Today the enviro-fanatics are giving us to 2030.

I will gladly chip in to buy these dangerous nuts an island of their own that they can live on.

darwin on May 17, 2012 at 10:51 AM

libfreeordie on May 17, 2012 at 10:06 AM

^^ Hyper-hyperbole. Democrat socialists know nothing else. They can’t tell the truth … so they lie and make up stuff.

darwin on May 17, 2012 at 10:52 AM

The answer is clearly more abortions.

steebo77 on May 17, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Well, I think so. And, yes, Ms. Johnson’s last paragraph is all true. We do live far better now than we did in the past. The anti-civilization green anarchists are deluded kids who to get to experience three days of living their talk. And, yes, most environmental warnings of catastrophe have been nonsense, like global warming and resource depletion based on rather inaccurate notions of how economics works.

But the fact that we have been able to greatly increase human population recently doesn’t mean that we will able to do so without end. The environment will do fine with increasing population until it doesn’t. I don’t think we want to see what happens when the environment is no longer functioning well for human interest. The industrial revolution about 1800 permitted an escape from Malthusian economics for some interval of time, but not forever. 200 years is a blink of an eye in the history of the Earth.

thuja on May 17, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Let me guess…

This latest catastrophe could be averted for, say, 20 or 30 percent of my income?

trigon on May 17, 2012 at 10:33 AM

and put these people in charge.

Cleombrotus on May 17, 2012 at 10:53 AM

How about we just ignore you and your Enviro-Nazi Bull$hit instead…

SWalker on May 17, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Tee Hee Hee!

cajunpatriot on May 17, 2012 at 10:53 AM

But this terrible fate could be avoided by passing Obama’s budget, and ceding control of our government to the UN, right?

morganfrost on May 17, 2012 at 10:55 AM

I will gladly chip in to buy these dangerous nuts an island of their own that they can live on.

darwin on May 17, 2012 at 10:51 AM

antarctica comes to mind, but they would eat all the penguins.

upinak on May 17, 2012 at 10:55 AM

thuja on May 17, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Abortions for population control is a poor solution because, even if you ignore the moral concerns entirely, it would require a staggering amount of medical resources in terms of staff and supplies. Our system is already strained.

Also, until the welfare system is dismantled, we’ll be constantly fighting a losing battle because it literally pays more for irresponsible mothers to keep their kids & go on the dole.

MelonCollie on May 17, 2012 at 10:56 AM

But the fact that we have been able to greatly increase human population recently doesn’t mean that we will able to do so without end. The environment will do fine with increasing population until it doesn’t. I don’t think we want to see what happens when the environment is no longer functioning well for human interest. The industrial revolution about 1800 permitted an escape from Malthusian economics for some interval of time, but not forever. 200 years is a blink of an eye in the history of the Earth.

thuja on May 17, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Yeah, well, these Neo-Malthusians always ignore the quality of people in their headlong rush to scare us with the quantity of people.

Cleombrotus on May 17, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Yup ignore the massive decreases in bio-divesity. Ignore the shrinking fresh water supply. Ignore the massive declines in forestry around the world. Ignore the growing cancer rates linked to chemicals used to manufacture our food. Ignore the wars being waged in Central Africa to fuel our monstrous need for precious minerals and diamonds. Ignore it all! libfreeordie on May 17, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Yeah, I tend to ignore ignorant liberal Chicken Littles.

Akzed on May 17, 2012 at 10:57 AM

I will gladly chip in to buy these dangerous nuts an island of their own that they can live on.

darwin on May 17, 2012 at 10:51 AM

antarctica comes to mind, but they would eat all the penguins.

upinak on May 17, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Ummm, actually I would put my money on the penguins eating them…

SWalker on May 17, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Humans will need two Earths to support our lifestyles by 2030 because we are draining the world’s resources so quickly, a new report has warned.

I don’t understand why this would concern anyone. According to Al Gore’s prediction the world is going to end in a little over 3 years from now anyway.

dbfwelch on May 17, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Ignore the wars being waged in Central Africa to fuel our monstrous need for precious minerals and diamonds. Ignore it all!

libfreeordie on May 17, 2012 at 10:06 AM

libreeordie, you are part of the problem with environmentalism. You bring in these other issues which aren’t relevant to the discussion at hand, and in so doing make us loose focus on the environment. This isn’t to say that we shouldn’t try to stop the wars in Central Africa. Obviously, we should, but not at the price of forgetting about the environment.

The overwhelming problem for environmentalism is how the leftists have taken it over and have sucked the substance of environmentalism out of it. Every blue-green alliance is a blow for the environment and a victory for labor unions.

thuja on May 17, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Yup ignore the massive decreases in bio-divesity.
libfreeordie on May 17, 2012 at 10:06 AM

this is what bothers me most about lib’s statement. I hates people that have a difference of color of their largest organ, but a week ago is okay with incest.

upinak on May 17, 2012 at 11:00 AM

I don’t understand why this would concern anyone. According to Al Gore’s prediction the world is going to end in a little over 3 years from now anyway.

dbfwelch on May 17, 2012 at 11:00 AM

What? I thought it was suppose to end on December 21st 2012…

SWalker on May 17, 2012 at 11:01 AM

upinak on May 17, 2012 at 11:00 AM

oops it hates… ugh.

upinak on May 17, 2012 at 11:01 AM

How about if we build a bunch of huge spaceships and head out to strip mine other planets – like the locust-like aliens of “Independence Day”?////

There was a good plot line in the last of the “Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” books that the human race on earth had come from another planet – that we are decendents of the useless, stupid and incompetent mid-level managers, hairdressers, economists, etc (in other words all the Democrats) that the other planet got rid of by announcing impending doom for their planet – so they were sent off in a couple large spaceships to lead the way in colonizing a new planet. I’m not so sure those books were entirely fiction….

dentarthurdent on May 17, 2012 at 11:02 AM

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