View Poll Results: Which of these would do the most good for the world?

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  • Providing everyone in the world with access to clean water

    8 10.13%
  • Providing everyone in the world with enough nutritious food

    4 5.06%
  • Providing everyone in the world with free, high-quality K-12 education

    6 7.59%
  • Providing everyone in the world with access to Western-quality health care

    1 1.27%
  • Providing everyone in the world with access to information and communication (e.g. the internet)

    0 0%
  • Bringing peace, stability, and safety to every part of the world

    18 22.78%
  • Bringing democracy and freedom to every part of the world

    3 3.80%
  • Developing a clean, cheap source of energy that could be produced and distributed anywhere

    12 15.19%
  • Developing an effective, efficient transportation infrastructure in all parts of the world

    0 0%
  • Other (please describe)

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Thread: What is the biggest problem facing humanity?

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    Re: What is the biggest problem facing humanity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Yeah, if every woman, man and child on the planet found themselves in a suburb, we'd probably need a few more earths to supply them with the amount of **** Americans waste their money on yearly.
    not really. the point was population density. as for consumption, production begats production. Your point is a throwaway line of no significance - the notion that we somehow lack the resources to support our populace remains ridiculous.

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    Re: What is the biggest problem facing humanity?

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    And the EPA.
    touche, madam. touche

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    Re: What is the biggest problem facing humanity?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    not really.
    Considering the US consumes 23% of resources while comprising 5% of the world's population, that's kind of hard to believe.

    the point was population density. as for consumption, production begats production. Your point is a throwaway line of no significance - the notion that we somehow lack the resources to support our populace remains ridiculous.
    How Much Is Left? The Limits of Earth's Resources, Made Interactive: Scientific American

    Mankind is consuming 20 per cent more natural resources than the earth can produce, WWF, the conservation group, said in a report published on Thursday.

    “We are spending nature's capital faster than it can regenerate”, said Claude Martin, director general of WWF International. “We are running up an ecological debt which we won't be able to pay off unless governments restore the balance between our consumption of natural resources and the earth's ability to renew them.”

    Sure it is.

    BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | The living planet: facts and figures

    If current trends continue two planets would be needed by 2050 to meet humanity's demands.
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    Re: What is the biggest problem facing humanity?

    no one said we would instantly raise everyone to American levels of consumption with current levels of production.

    but hey, if a strawman is all you have to sell, you keep on keepin on

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    Re: What is the biggest problem facing humanity?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    no one said we would instantly raise everyone to American levels of consumption with current levels of production.
    No, but you did say:

    the notion that we somehow lack the resources to support our populace remains ridiculous.
    This is verifiably false.
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    Re: What is the biggest problem facing humanity?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post


    1. If every man woman and child on the planet woke up tomorrow and found themselves living in an American suburb, that suburb would take up.... Texas, and Oklahoma.

    2. We could literally feed the entire world off of the food produced just in the United States.

    3. Declining birthrates over the past 5-6 decades in China, Japan, Russia, and the West mean that we are headed into an era where many of our largest nations will see declining populations.


    Malthus is no more right in the 21st Century than he was in the 20th or the 19th.
    Don't get all crazy now... Population will continue to increase regardless as we see the populations of India grow from 1.2 to 1.7 billion by 2050 and Africa continuing its out of control birth rates. China will decrease from 1.4 to 1.3 biollion in that time. The growth of India and the hundreds of millions of gypsies and untouchables is a far greater issue than the decrease of small Western nations in Europe like Holland and even China's is not that great even though it is the largest. We will see an increase of over 2 billion people by 2050 and that increase is happening to the poorest people in some of the worst governed areas of the world.

    Overpopulation will lead to untold millions of deaths and pollution that will AND IS affecting others... like us.
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    Re: What is the biggest problem facing humanity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    This is verifiably false.
    that is incorrect, as demonstrated by nothing so much as the fact that we are currently supporting our populace. and that is with massive resource wastage in the form of food subsidies.

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    Re: What is the biggest problem facing humanity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
    Don't get all crazy now... Population will continue to increase regardless as we see the populations of India grow from 1.2 to 1.7 billion by 2050 and Africa continuing its out of control birth rates.
    I hope so. That will mean that those area's will continue to see growth. They have had a rough couple of centuries, and could use it.

    We will see an increase of over 2 billion people by 2050 and that increase is happening to the poorest people in some of the worst governed areas of the world.
    and?

    Overpopulation will lead to untold millions of deaths and pollution that will AND IS affecting others... like us.
    this is an unsupported leap.




    but I like how you quote my post and then ignore it .

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    Re: What is the biggest problem facing humanity?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    that is incorrect, as demonstrated by nothing so much as the fact that we are currently supporting our populace.
    This is like saying you can't drown because you're barely floating. Please get a better argument?
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    Re: What is the biggest problem facing humanity?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    I hope so. That will mean that those area's will continue to see growth. They have had a rough couple of centuries, and could use it.



    and?



    this is an unsupported leap.




    but I like how you quote my post and then ignore it .
    And I see that leading towards the deaths of millions that are not able to be supported... and I agreed with your post, I just didn't mention it.
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