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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Om miljömyter och -engagemang i historien

  • Ed Regis i Wired, om påstådda överbefolkningen, artutrotningen mm: Conventional wisdom, meet Julian Simon, the Doomslayer. (Tack Lars H!)
    "This is the litany : Our resources are running out. The air is bad, the water worse. The planet's species are dying off - more exactly, we're killing them [...] We're trashing the planet, washing away the topsoil, paving over our farmlands, systematically deforesting our wildernesses, decimating the biota, and ultimately killing ourselves.

    The world is getting progressively poorer, and it's all because of population, or more precisely, overpopulation. There's a finite store of resources on our pale blue dot, spaceship Earth, our small and fragile tiny planet, and we're fast approaching its ultimate carrying capacity. The limits to growth are finally upon us, and we're living on borrowed time. The laws of population growth are inexorable. Unless we act decisively, the final result is written in stone: mass poverty, famine, starvation, and death.

    Time is short, and we have to act now.

    That's the standard and canonical litany. It's been drilled into our heads so far and so forcefully that to hear it yet once more is ... well, it's almost reassuring. It's comforting, oddly consoling - at least we're face to face with the enemies: consumption, population, mindless growth. And we know the solution: cut back, contract, make do with less. "Live simply so that others may simply live."

    There's just one problem with The Litany, just one slight little wee imperfection: every item in that dim and dreary recitation, each and every last claim, is false. Incorrect. At variance with the truth.

    Not the way it is, folks.

    Läs fortsättningen här...

  • William Walter Kay om Donald Gibsons analys av environmentalismens historia.
    (HT: Greenie Watch)

  • I BBC:s klimatblogg lite oförmodat(?) om de gröna nationalsocialisterna: Hitler: the green movement's German shepherd?
    (HT: Maurizio Morabito)

    Hos Morabito kommenterade Douglas Hoyt:
    "Years ago I was reading a blog with perhaps 60% greenies and 40% dissenters. A new poster appeared with statements supporting the green philosphy. The new poster did about a half dozen posts and the greenies enthusiastically supported the new poster.

    Then the new poster revealed that all his posts were extracts from Mein Kampf by Hitler. The greenies were not happy."
    Fann nu även denna essä av Peter Englund: Om den nazistiska välfärdsstaten.

    Tillbakalänkning: SvD; Politiken; Politiken
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