MINOT, NORTH DAKOTA — Fear of global warming has
taken the world by storm, so to speak. According to theorists — universally
claiming to be purveyors of scientific truth rather than theorists
— mankind is bringing the earth to a boil. Without worldwide management
of human activities, they assure us, life as we know it will come to
a disastrous end.
The world climate conference in Copenhagen is making clear which “human
activities” must be brought under control. Zhao Baige, China’s
vice-minister of National Population and Family Planning, equated population
with climate change. She pointed to China’s one-child policy
as the right way to deal with climate change.
Canada’s leading newspaper, the Financial Times, is calling
for imposition of China’s one-child policy on a global scale.
The paper warns readers that this will be difficult because of fundamentalist
religions and leaders in emerging countries who see children as a social
safety net for their elderly populations.
Britain’s Prime Minister, Gordon Brown stated, “This
world deal at Copenhagen must be ambitious, global, comprehensive,
and legally binding within six months.” Britain’s Parliament
commissioned a study that called for establishing a “sustainable” British
population. The study concluded a sustainable population was 30 million
— half of the current population of 60 million.
Conference speakers tell us the world’s other species, vegetation,
resources, oceans, arable land, water supplies, and atmosphere are
being destroyed as a result of humanity’s soaring reproduction
The actual global warming agenda is clear — mandatory population
control. This agenda is predicated on the claim that global warming
is happening, that it is negative, that human beings are the cause,
and that if it is not radically and immediately addressed, the consequences
will be unimaginable.
Similar historical “the sky is falling” assertions have
been promoted. All have proven false. The claims of global warming
promoters are “unimaginable” because they are simply an
attempt to impose an ideology while seeking to dominate the lives of
others or to make a quick buck.
In 1798, Thomas Malthus, a professor of history and political economy,
published An Essay on the Principle of Population. He claimed, “The
power of population is so superior to the power of the earth to produce
subsistence for man that premature death must in some shape or other
visit the human race.”
Professor Malthus’ concerns of overpopulation and
capacity to support it have proven totally false. Over the last 200
years, as populations have increased dramatically, the only impediment
to providing for the needs of population growth has been political
interference, not a lack of resources.
In 1968, at the behest of David Browner, executive director of the
Sierra Club, Paul R. Ehrlich wrote The Population Bomb. Warning
of the mass starvation of humans due to overpopulation,
he advocated immediate action to limit population growth. The book
was essentially a repetition of discredited Malthusian arguments. In
a magazine article in 1969, he predicted that in the U.S. life expectancy
would drop to 42 years by 1980, and the population would drop to 22.6
million by 1999.
Malthus feared and Ehrlich hated population. Both are considered
gladiators of the environmental movement, which believes human population
is a cancer on the environment.
In the mid 1970s, Ehrlich and those of his persuasion claimed the
world was about to enter the next ice age — caused by human activity.
That claim failed to move the public. The newest catastrophic push
is global warming. The goal is the same — to impose worldwide population
“Global warming,” whether real or not, has been shouted
so loud and so long that it is considered a fact. World governments
and special interest groups are using this “fact” to justify
imposing massive new universal taxes; directing what we can drive,
do, or eat; and calling for universal regulatory authority and the
power to control population growth.
The real agenda of global warming activists is clear. They want to
centralize government control over people on a world scale — creating
a top-down Brave New World. If they succeed, the result will be less
of everything and fewer and fewer of us. For those in control, it will
be their version of heaven on earth. For the rest of us, it will be
a living hell. Maybe that is what the global warming promoters really
have in mind when they talk about “warming.”
A Voice from Fly-Over
A Voice from Fly-Over Country is copyright © 2009 by Robert
L. Hale and the Fitzgerald Griffin
All rights reserved.
Robert L. Hale received his J.D. in law from Gonzaga University Law
School in Spokane, Washington. He is founder and director of a non-profit
public interest law firm. For more than three decades he has been involved
in drafting proposed laws and counseling elected officials in ways
to remove burdensome and unnecessary rules and regulations.
See a complete biographical sketch.
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