Tuesday, October 24, 2006

I'm certain Julian Simon is spinning in his grave

Come back, Julian! We need you to refute in your inimitable way the ridiculous assertions made by the World Wildlife Federation. The WWF is meeting in Beijing and they're coming out with statements like this:
"For more than 20 years we have exceeded the earth's ability to support a consumptive lifestyle that is unsustainable and we cannot afford to continue down this path," WWF Director-General James Leape said, launching the WWF's 2006 Living Planet Report.

"If everyone around the world lived as those in America, we would need five planets to support us," Leape, an American, said in Beijing.

Well! It's a good thing that those third world johnnies aren't as advanced as us, eh?

At least we're not the worst ones:
People in the United Arab Emirates were placing most stress per capita on the planet ahead of those in the United States, Finland and Canada, the report said.

No mention is made of the amazing increase in agricultural output around the world so that the increased population can be sustained with ease. Nor the discoveries and development of new sources of raw materials and the technological advances in resource utilization and recovery. Nor the increase in longevity world-wide. Nor the increase in wealth world-wide.

Julian Simon was an optomist for very good reason. These WWF sad sacks are trying to raise a ruckus but, fortunately, the world has passed them by.

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