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Opening Arguments

Wrong again

No matter how often the Malthusians are wrong, they just keep talking:

Here's all I'm trying to say: The planet on which our civilization evolved no longer exists,” asserts environmentalist Bill McKibben in his new book, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet. “The earth that we knew—the only earth we ever knew—is gone.” According to McKibben, we are about to find ourselves living on a much less friendly planet he calls “Eaarth.” Why? Because the climate is about to get really freaky due to man-made global warming and we're also about to run out of oil—the apocalypse, courtesy of Peak Temperature and Peak Oil combined. McKibben is no stranger to environmentalist jeremiads, having declared The End of Nature back in 1989 due to global warming and the rise of biotechnology. Twenty years later he's declaring the end of civilization, at least, as we know it.

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McKibben cites a quotation from economist Larry Summers who is now President Barack Obama's chief economics adviser. “There are no


tim zank
Thu, 04/15/2010 - 11:35am

That is a great read.

Lewis Allen
Sat, 04/17/2010 - 7:43pm

It's interesting, and troubling, that so many people are in love with doomsday scenarios. Sometimes, for fun, I like to go back and read about the impending doom from global cooling that was so hyped in the mid-1970's, and examine the language from those articles. It's eerily similar to the global warming propaganda of today.