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by Dr. Tim Ball on May 16, 2011
Overpopulation is the fundamental underlying focus of the Club of Rome. It’s an extension of the Malthusian claim that the population would exceed the food supply. They argue it applies to all resources and is made worse by the demands of developed, industrialized nations. Solution? Reduce the population. This may occur through an unintended consequence as politics exploits science.
The full proverb says, “Give a dog a bad name and hang him.” They’ve given carbon dioxide (CO2) a bad name and it is now being hanged by draconian and completely unnecessary legislation. This exposes the philosophical and intellectual contradictions of many, but especially environmentalists. They are not alone. Consider this comment by Susan Solomon, NOAA senior scientist,
I think you have to think about this stuff (CO2) as more like nuclear waste than acid rain: the more we add, the worse off we’ll be.
An alarmist, outrageous and completely unsupportable comment, but not surprising from the co-chair of Working Group I of the IPCC 2007 report. This is not true; the more we add, the better off we are.
Reduce CO2 and we are worse off, as the plants suffer. Something must be done to protect the plants – as well as the people – from fanaticism. There is no evidence that CO2 is causing global warming or climate change, but that is the basis for the slur and the proposed actions. As usual, little thought is given to the direct and collateral damage such as the economic impacts from increased taxes and cost of doing business. No thought is given to the damage to nature. So you have the paradox of environmentalists screaming to reduce CO2 to save the planet, while putting all life in jeopardy by killing the plants. It is blind faith. But this is not surprising because the great problem of environmentalism as a religion is the failure to do full and proper cost/benefit analyses. For example, all you ever hear about are the downsides to warming when there are actually more upsides. One major downside rarely mentioned is the impact on plants of reduced CO2 levels or the benefits of higher levels.