posted on Jul, 20 2009 @ 05:05 AM
The title would more properly be, "Obama's Science Czar *SAID*..." He wrote that stuff over 30 years ago. Peoples' opinions can change in thirty
The question is not *whether* to reduce the population, but how it will happen. We have two choices. One choice is that we take steps now to limit
reproduction. I'm not convinced that this author's notions are necessary, though if milder methods don't work, then these harsher methods make
perfect sense. I'd like to see tax incentives first, then something like the Chinese do - seriously financially penalize those who have more than
The other choice is to let Nature take its course. What that means is we breed ourselves into a crisis where the food supply can no longer feed
everyone. Disease and famine kill billions, until we're way down on population. Then there will be plenty of food for everyone, and not so much
Any life will reproduce exponentially, at first. This applies to bacteria in a Petrie dish, all the way to humans. At some point, inevitably, the
food runs out, and the population experiences a severe and sudden collapse. No one, outside of a few very freaky biologists, would care about the
bacteria. But when it comes to humans, the results are heartbreaking.
We're running out of food, and we're running out of fresh water to drink. We're running out of oil and clean air. Oil is used to manufacture
fertilizer, which is absolutely essential to grow the amounts of food that we need. No oil, no fertilizer, no food - and no way to get food from where
it's grown to where it's eaten.
Many areas of the world are already starving. Many other areas are severely overcrowded, making diseases more likely, and more dangerous. As our
population increases, these problems will only get worse.
Deliberate population control won't work, unless it is an international, world-wide effort. Having an international oversight of this effort makes
sense, though of course I'm uneasy about the possibility of being under the eye of anyone who's not from the US.
So yeah, this guy's comments are a little over the top. But they're 32 years old, based on what was known at the time. With improved knowledge and
maturity, the author may well have changed many or all of his opinions. And even if not, he's not as wrong as you might think.