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Sunday, March 25, 2018
Gimme That Old Time Religion!
The following article appeared in
Powerline on March 24th
The biggest albatross of
environmentalism is its well-deserved reputation for apocalypticism: the world
is always going to come to and end because of. . . plastic bags! Bee colony
collapse disorder! Endocrine disruptors! Velociraptors! And of course the big
one: c—— c—– (formerly known as g—– w——). This apocalyptic outlook always comes
with the same sort of moral unctuousness you associate with a
fire-and-brimstone street preacher: repent of your fossil-fool ways!
Why, people often ask me, are
environmentalists so gloomy about the human prospect? I have a simple answer:
it makes them happy. Seriously: if you point out to environmentalists the data
showing many environmental problems on the national and global scale are
improving, they usually go into a rage. Good news is bad news.
A few of the smarter
environmentalists know that decades of nonstop environmental gore (heh) has
been counterproductive, as public opinion surveys show that “apocalypse
fatigue” set in a long time ago. That’s one reason why recent surveys even of Democratic
voters show climate change to be a very low priority. Most sensible people
would rather spend an evening trapped with a life insurance salesman than spend
five minutes with an environmentalist.
Despite all of the efforts of the
smarter environmentalists to shed their Malthusianism, they just can’t help
themselves. Like an AA dropout who succumbs when walking by a well-lit tavern,
orthodox environmentalism repeatedly stumbles and goes on a bender. For
example, consider Paul Ehrlich apparently getting ready to imitate the Rolling
Stones with a 50th anniversary tour of his famous book:
A shattering collapse
of civilisation is a “near certainty” in the next few decades due to humanity’s
continuing destruction of the natural world that sustains all life on Earth,
according to biologist Prof Paul Ehrlich.
In May, it will be 50
years since the eminent biologist published his most famous and controversial
book, The Population Bomb. But
Ehrlich remains as outspoken as ever.
The world’s optimum
population is less than two billion people – 5.6 billion fewer than on the
planet today, he argues, and there is an increasing toxification of the entire
planet by synthetic chemicals that may be more dangerous to people and wildlife
than climate change.
This is the OPPOSITE of Home Schooling
Ehrlich also says an
unprecedented redistribution of wealth is needed to end the over-consumption of
resources, but “the rich who now run the global system – that hold the annual
‘world destroyer’ meetings in Davos – are unlikely to let it happen”.
I guess Ehrlich missed the news that
more than half the world’s formerly destitute population has been brought of
extreme poverty since his book was published because of this “redistribution of
wealth.” He’s narrowly correct: this is unprecedented—and wouldn’t have
happened if we had embraced his coercive eco-socialism. Anyway:
The Population Bomb, written with his wife Anne Ehrlich
in 1968, predicted “hundreds of millions of people are going to starve to
death” in the 1970s – a fate that was avoided by the green revolution in
Many details and timings of events
were wrong, Paul Ehrlich acknowledges today, but he says the book was correct
Please environmentalists: don’t ever
P.S. I want to retract the sideswipe
I made of life insurance salesmen above, because I have been through something
incomparably worse. At a conference reception in New York once, I somehow got
cornered by Paul Ehrlich and Jocelyn Elders, Bill Clinton’s very odd surgeon
general. (Remember her?) Now that was lit.