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Reason’s Indur M. Goklany:

Environmentalists and globalization foes are united in their fear that greater population and consumption of energy, materials, and chemicals accompanying economic growth, technological change and free trade—the mainstays of globalization—degrade human and environmental well-being.

Indeed, the 20th century saw the United States’ population multiply by four, income by seven, carbon dioxide emissions by nine, use of materials by 27, and use of chemicals by more than 100.

Yet …

Read on.

Posted by Tim B. on 03/25/2007 at 10:51 AM
    1. Soon, Flannery will brand Mr. Goklany a heretic and blasphemer denialist.  Because Mr. Goklany make many good points in his article……most of which poke the global warming community in their collective eye.

      Mr. Goklany is quite correct that we aren’t finished resolving world problems…..but tearing apart the insitutions that have a good chance of solving those problems is incredibly stupid.  It’s cutting your nose off to spite your face.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 03 25 at 11:15 AM • permalink


    1. The global population will increase between 50 and 100 percent…

      Not if the Iranians have anything to say about it…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 03 25 at 11:23 AM • permalink


    1. Not if the Iranians have anything to say about it…

      Or the “mankind is the booger on Gaia’s index finger” Left either…

      Posted by Vanguard of the Commentariat on 2007 03 25 at 11:42 AM • permalink


    1. Wow, a reasonable article on Reason. How’d that get through?

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2007 03 25 at 11:52 AM • permalink


    1. Man’s remarkable progress over the last 100 years is unprecedented in human history.

      As a proud member of the Anglospheric Hegemon, I say to the world:  you’re welcome.

      Nice article.  Stuck it in to Islam without ever once mentioning it by name.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 03 25 at 02:56 PM • permalink


    1. Aw, c’mon.  Weallknow, thanks to the Marxists and the Greens, that Western Culture is killing Mother Gaia.  We should all be leading the simple life (read solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short—well, except for our ‘leaders’ since some animals are more equal). Get with the program, people.

      Posted by JorgXMcKie on 2007 03 25 at 03:05 PM • permalink


    1. I just looked up the origin of the familiar phrase, “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” It is from Thomas Hobbes’s Leviathan, and in its entire context it shows what we can look forward to if we are returned to the blissful “state of Nature”. This quotation is over 350 years old; it still thunders and still rings true:

      “Whatsoever therefore is consequent to a time of Warre, where every man is Enemy to every man; the same is consequent to the time, wherein men live without other security, than what their own strength, and their own invention shall furnish them withall. In such condition, there is no place for Industry; because the fruit thereof is uncertain; and consequently no Culture of the Earth; no Navigation, nor use of the commodities that may be imported by Sea; no commodious Building; no Instruments of moving, and removing such things as require much force; no Knowledge of the face of the Earth; no account of Time; no Arts; no Letters; no Society; and which is worst of all, continuall feare, and danger of violent death; And the life of man, solitary, poore, nasty, brutish, and short.”

      Posted by ErnieG on 2007 03 25 at 03:50 PM • permalink


    1. Mr. Goklany might also have mentioned that countries in which women have equal rights, or near equal rights, have advanced exponentially but countries in which women do not have equal rights either before the law or in society have not advanced. Some have in fact gone backwards.

      Posted by ann j on 2007 03 25 at 06:41 PM • permalink


    1. From Flannery’s point of view, Goklany is pointing out the problem – too many people.

      “Cut life expectancy and save the planet,” Flannery shouts. “We need more epidemics, lot less. Purge the world of these Earth-destroying doctors and scientists. Sacrifice your first born in the name of Gaia. And please leave a generous donation in the box on the way out.”

      Posted by Contrail on 2007 03 25 at 08:53 PM • permalink


    1. #8 it’s all right ann j. They’re gonna end up regressing all the way to Bhutan where everyone is happy in their subsistence drudgery…. especially the women.

      Posted by JonathanH on 2007 03 26 at 03:18 AM • permalink


    1. further to that, just once I would like to see a bunch of feminist academics out in a field pulling up a crop of tubers. I think I would have made a good Maoist in that regard.

      Posted by JonathanH on 2007 03 26 at 03:19 AM • permalink


    1. Do they say “send the illegals back so they don’t contribute to economic growth and its associated evils?”

      I didn’t think so.

      Posted by MarkD on 2007 03 26 at 01:31 PM • permalink


    1. In 1957 (when I was 3 years old) the death rate on American roads was around 50,000 a year. Now in 2007 the death rate on American roads is around 50,000 a year. This rate of increase should not be tolerated.

      Posted by mythusmage on 2007 03 26 at 04:00 PM • permalink


    1. Man’s remarkable progress over the last 100 years is unprecedented in human history.

      And just imagine the progress 100 years hence. That is, if we manage to prevent the warmmongers from hurling us back to the Middle Ages.

      Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2007 03 26 at 06:06 PM • permalink


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