Global Warming Article Leaves the Population/Energy Crisis as Our First Priority


Evidence mounts that carbon dioxide emissions are not our biggest problem. An article titled “Climate Change – The Real Causes” on the New Zealand Climate Science website by professor Geoffrey G. Duffy (link) strongly makes the point that carbon dioxide is not going to produce the kind of global climate change scenarios being trumpeted by many, including many celebrities and government climatologists. I was scared to death by the movie “An Inconvenient Truth”, but I have seen and read many articles and studies throwing it into question or directly debunking it since then. As a result I have come to wonder why so many continue to raise alarms about global warming when the more obvious problems before us are our dependence on massive amounts of fossil fuels and their inevitable exhaustion, and the huge population growth we have achieved as a result of cheap energy. Why global warming persists as a news item I will leave to others, as it is a political issue that must be addressed in the short term, though it is nonetheless worrisome. Has the global warming flap helped us? What should we really be working on?

Concerns about global warming have had positive results, even if we have much bigger problems. I accept and am glad that the concern for global warming, whether it is a realistic concern or not, has had some very positive outcomes. One is that the consciousness of people worldwide has been elevated, and many are now aware or becoming aware of the most critical problems facing the human species in the next few decades: overpopulation and the increasingly-expensive energy supplies on which we are dependent.

Counter actions to global warming are helpful. Another positive outcome of the global warming flap (I almost committed the Freudian slip of dyslexically typing it as blogal warming) is that the curbing of CO2 emissions must be achieved through conservation, which buys us time to deal with our energy issues, and through the development and implementation of alternative energy sources. We should all be working at every level, privately and publicly, to move the needle in this direction – conserving at home and making permanent changes in our behaviors and properties/possessions, and lobbying our government and commercial contacts for better products and funding for much needed basic research.

The “elephant in the room” is still overpopulation. The most important problem, however, seems to get the least media attention, possibly because it is less sensational and because the solutions are both not as exciting and politically problematic. That problem is overpopulation. The energy source problem only makes it worse.

There are humane solutions to the overpopulation problem. Since birthrates are far higher among the least educated and poorest populations, and strong correlations have repeatedly been shown between education levels and economic security on one hand and significantly reduced birthrates on the other, it seems clear that the best thing the developed countries can do is to provide educational, economic, and family planning assistance to those countries with the highest birthrates. That has not been happening because, in the final analysis, people aren’t demanding it.

Your individual action is needed at every level to address overpopulation. We should all, in light of the crisis of overpopulation descending on us and our world, be lobbying actively, writing letters, sending emails, and talking to our friends, neighbors, coworkers, and, most importantly, government representatives, about the urgency of providing much needed assistance in those three key areas to the countries who need it the most. The alternative is more rising energy prices, increasingly frequent food shortages, worsening pollution, and continued and worsening immigration problems, among others. We should all be thinking about the kind of world we are making for our children, grandchildren, and descendants going into the future, and doing what we can to provide them a world and life as wonderful as the one so many of us are enjoying. Please contact your government representatives today, and every day if possible, on this most important matter.

If you liked this article and want to read more, please read my latest items at http://www.timprosserfuturing.wordpress.com.

As always, I welcome your comments. – Tim

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5 responses to “Global Warming Article Leaves the Population/Energy Crisis as Our First Priority

  1. Yes, you are right. Centralized food production is the weak link in the entire system. Changes in climate will probably account for more pain and suffering than any other threat.

    As regions change, so must agriculture. The boreal forest being decimated by a bug is a prime example. If we attack this region with adaptable growth, we can ensure long term survival of the subsoil biodiversity.

    Without that, desertification and flooding will be the norm.

    Reclaiming coastal wetlands is key. Without them, salinity changes in aquifers will eliminate significant crop production.

    Significant crop production reductions will not hurt Hawaii, they eat spam.

    Until the collapse occurs, I’ll enjoy my scallops wrapped in bacon and the likes. I will live the life Jesus wanted me to live, drive my Hummer with a support the troops ribbon on the bumper.

    During smog alerts, I’ll drive 25 miles to pick up my kid from the Christian school, but sit and wait 20 minutes in the parking lot with the engine running like all the other country club mom’s, all tan and just back from Captiva!

    Sacrifice is hard, but it all starts right here at home.

  2. Thanks for your comment, Earl.
    I detect and appreciate the humor in your comment, and you touch on many detailed issues (one or more per sentence) – far more than can be dealt with easily here, but most of which I expect others are examining in detail, as they deserve.
    My hope is that most people will perceive the risk of “collapse”, as you put it, and take daily personal action going forward to reduce the risks, as well as learning everything they can and lobbying actively to inspire action by others, especially our government decision makers.
    Thanks again for your comment. – Tim

  3. Professor Duffy drew heavily on my articles without due attribution and he has kindly expressed regret.

    Please see my original material on this link:

    http://co2sceptics.com/news.php?tag=stephen+wilde

  4. If overpopulation is the problem why are current levels of food production able to feed the current population of the world if proper distribution was in place? Is it not true that in countries with declining numbers of young people the amount of food which can be produced does not happen? For example, in the United States, food would rot in the fields without bringing in yonger people from other countries. The economy of Europe is in rapid decline due to fewer young people to replace the people retiring. The US will have the same problem shortly. Japan is seeing a decline in economy due to population reduction.

  5. Thanks for your comment, RodD.
    Whether current levels of food production can support the existing world population isn’t as important as the fact that this production is only possible because of massive use of fossil fuels, and those energy sources are going to inevitably become more and more expensive as we burn through them. In addition, as you point out, distribution has been a problem, and will continue to be.
    I don’t think the economies of Europe and Japan are in “rapid decline” due to declining population, but more in reaction to our own badly mismanaged economic and political situation. The world can’t sustain our current population (or a larger one) indefinitely, and our business paradigm must inevitably change away from a dependency on growth as we move towards a sustainable world situation. In general, the bigger the population and the higher the energy use per person, the faster energy prices will ramp up and the harder the adjustments will be as we move towards a stable and sustainable world. To mitigate the difficulty of the adjustments we need long term planning and cooperative action at the individual, corporate, and government levels, and that will only happen if we demand, plan, and work for it.
    Thanks again for your comment – Tim

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