posted on Jun, 10 2011 @ 08:09 PM
The Duke is not saying anything that anyone with a shred of common sense, doesn’t already know. It is not the ability to feed or house, the current
population, it is our ability to sustain a world with this many people at a 20th century economic standard of living and technological level. Longer
life spans, and higher consumption rates of energy and raw materials of current 20th century societies, is already straining our ability to supply the
vast amounts of resources needed. The monstrous amounts of raw materials needed to maintain the current levels are simply destroying our environment.
Consider just the water usage of the current manufacturing technologies. This is over and above the population’s water requirements. Long before
Peak Oil hits we are going to hit Peak Water. Emerging third world cultures are rapidly advancing and modernizing their technology, energy and
manufacturing bases. All having to compete on the market for raw materials that are already at peak production levels to such a point that it is not
technologically feasible to harvest, process, and transport, the vast quantities needed. Not withstanding the dwindling supplies of easy to obtain
and mine minerals and rare earths currently demanded by a high tech economy. No we are not capable of sustaining the current population of the world
at a 20th century technological level.
The fact that fertility rates in the 1st world countries have leveled out and in some cases fallen below the level of replenishment while reproduction
rates of 3rd world countries continue to stay high, only exacerbates the problems as many of these people do not contribute to maintaining or
advancing the worlds current level of development. Eventually they will force the world to lower its standard of living simply due to a lack of
population with the abilities and knowledge to maintain it.
we really don’t need to worry to much about this though, From my reading of history, overpopulation seems to be a self limiting process, whether
through voluntary means or through involuntary means.