While you are reading these words, poor people will have died from climate change. Most of them children.
If the above words look familiar, that’s because this story of climate change has been told before. One Dr. Paul R. Ehrlich penned an incredibly similar alarmist narrative in his book, The Population Bomb in 1968. But here’s the thing, the climate change narrative is simply a rehashing of The Population Bomb narrative which is itself simply a rehashing of a Malthusian catastrophe. The reality here is that climate change is simply a repackaging of a failed theory penned in 1779. And, I can prove it.
We can state the climate change narrative and population bomb narrative and the Malthusian catastrophe narrative with a single narrative.
“There is a variable x that is growing exponentially. This growth is caused by people. Continued, uncontrolled growth in this variable will result in the end of the world.”
If you never got around to reading The Population Bomb, now you don’t have to. You’re welcome. With The Population Bomb, the variable is, well, the human population and its exponential growth is caused by uncontrolled breeding/insufficient death rates. With climate change, the variable is CO2. But, and here’s the kicker, CO2 is simply a proxy for human population. Why? Because we are told that the rising CO2 levels have an anthropogenic cause (caused by humans) through breathing and the burning of fossil fuels for energy. Well, more population means more breathing and greater needs for energy and thus the burning of more fossil fuels. Hence, rising CO2 levels is simply a proxy for the growth of the human population.
The fact that CO2 is simply a proxy for human population is actually confirmed by Ehrlich himself and by a host of other sources here, here and here and, frankly, all over the place. Thus, what we really have in climate change is simply a “Malthusian” theory about the relationship between population growth and the environment suggesting that as populations grow, they will strip their resources leading to famine, hunger and environmental degradation. With Malthus and Ehrlich this was setup as the population outstripping the Earth’s ability to provide sustenance. With climate change this is setup as the population outstripping the Earth’s ability to absorb CO2 output. At its heart, this is what climate change is all about. In short, nothing new to see here, this same tired argument has been made since the 18th century. Always about overpopulation and always ending in catastrophe. In 1779, Thomas Malthus wrote:
“Famine seems to be the last, the most dreadful resource of nature. 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. The vices of mankind are active and able ministers of depopulation. They are the precursors in the great army of destruction, and often finish the dreadful work themselves. But should they fail in this war of extermination, sickly seasons, epidemics, pestilence, and plague advance in terrific array, and sweep off their thousands and tens of thousands. Should success be still incomplete, gigantic inevitable famine stalks in the rear, and with one mighty blow levels the population with the food of the world.”
— Thomas Malthus, 1798. An Essay on the Principle of Population. Chapter VII, p61
That’s some pretty dire, apocalyptic shit right there. But what I find more concerning really is Ehrlich, environmentalists and climate scientists take on solving the problem. You see, these “Malthusian” catastrophes are always setup as an “end of the world” scenario. This is done to scare people and justify all kinds of horrific actions intended to “save the planet”. Specifically, population control. Ehrlich writes:
“The essential point made about population growth is as valid today as it was in 1968: “Basically, there are only two kinds of solutions to the population problem. One is a ‘birthrate solution,’ in which we find ways to lower the birthrate. The other is a ‘death rate solution,’ in which ways to raise the death rate – war, famine, pestilence – find us” (p. 34).
— Paul and Anne Ehrlich, 2009. The Population Bomb Revisited.
You see, the term “population control” is simply a polite way of saying “mass genocide of deplorables, mass sterilization of undesirables, forced abortion and eugenics”. This has been the environmentalist mantra since Ehrlich and continues to this day with climate science.
One can believe in climate change and reject its mantra of genocide, sterilization, abortion and eugenics. The failure of Ehrlich, environmentalists and climate scientists is that they blame all of the world’s problems on humans without ever considering human ingenuity and technological prowess. More humans means increased ingenuity and faster technological advancement. This has been proven since the 1960’s in that the growth in food production has been greater than population growth. The same is true of climate change and CO2. Human ingenuity and technology will prevail.