You haven't refuted anything I've said, you've just spouted the same old industry propaganda that's been spoonfed to you. Either that, or you work for them.
Our system is too complex and interdependent to predict exactly when the crisis will happen, which is the only grounds on which people like you dismiss the Malthusian idea. I don't care about the projections, I care about the idea behind them. We cannot indefinitely keep breeding humans and follow the growth model, and expect all of us to be able to live happy, satisfying lives. At some point the imbalances we are creating will take care of us.
Technology creates more problems that we need more technology to solve, and no technology will increase the earth's resource bounty which we are currently harvesting at 1.5 earths per year. So keep putting your fingers in your ears and shouting "la la la". That kind of denial is only fast tracking us to the very problems that we will eventually have to come to terms with anyway.
We're not at the tail-end of a meltdown we are leading it.There's that small matter of being on the tail-end of the meltdown. You probably didn't factor that in, insignificant distraction that it is.
Liberals - Punish the Successful, Reward the Unsuccessful
Liberals - Tax, Borrow, Spend, and Give Free Stuff
Obama's legacy - National Debt / Credit Downgrade / Obamacare Failure / Economic Failure / Foreign Policy Failure / Liar of the Year Award / The Rise of ISIS
How would a country the size of Malta be expected to carry the same level of debt as the US?
Take the consumption of resources and over-population, the big thing for Ehrlich and his crew in the 60's-90's. We heard for years about how we were doomed to a resource crush in everything from grain, to water, to copper, to oil & gas. In short collapse was unavoidable. The answer? Population control and state intervention. We needed to adopt measures like China's One Child policy, we needed to provide funding for sterilization efforts, we needed to begin massive intervention to cultivate and safeguard our resources and damn be the organic nature and needs of commercial society. This dismal perspective was encapsulated by the Simon-Ehrlich wager in which Ehrlich bet that the prices of a basked of commodities (copper, chrome, nickel, tungsten, tin) would skyrocket from 1980 to 1990. The high profile bet went in Simon's favor in 1990 as all five commodities fell in value.
Of course they were wrong. As has always happened the needs of civilization (sometimes greased with state support) propelled the changes needed to alleviate ourselves of these problems. We found better ways to reach new caches of resources, we perfected more efficient extraction methods and it doesn't stop with metals, we expanded industrial agriculture and pioneered new methods of crop production with the Green Revolution, we increased access to water by expanding irrigation and digging new aquifers, and on and on.
This remains in my view the prevailing problem of their mind set. In their eyes all too often every new human is another mouth to feed, another body to clothe, another potential problem in waiting. While they should see a new mind, a new member of the labor force, a new leader, a new artist, in other words: potential. For example in the long term I think one of the greatest developments in the history of modern civilization has been the lifting of China from the dregs of the third world. We are only just beginning to feel the impact of millions of new scientists, engineers, and artists. Imagine magnifying that by similar developments in the rest of the developing world and you could transform the planet.
The same types of innovations that lifted us above our problems in the 20th Century will form the blueprint for the 21st. The rise of cheap desalination, innovations in biotechnology and GMO's, more sophisticated extraction methods for rare earths and other minerals, new deposits of oil and gas, revolutions in battery technology, perhaps even developments in renewables like Solar (not at present), and so much more. We live in a century of fantastic possibility. Our only realistic hope is that our genius measures up to the task. Planning for massive global legislation and controls for carbon, water management, or whatever the issue of the day may be is not only unrealistic but counter-productive as it retards growth which breeds the dynamism that allows that aforementioned genius to rise to the surface.
The Earth has a mass of six trillion trillion kilograms and we've only scratched the surface (literally) of its bounty. How did we avoid peak oil? By innovating new methods for reaching deeper and more inaccessible fields and by creating new tools for increasing efficiency from existing ones. It is a process we will continue to repeat for other resources because the raw materials are there in abundant quantities. Where there is a need a way will be found as it always has.
We may not be able to indefinitely produce humans but call me back in a few billion years then I'll worry about it. In the interrum we have the entirety of our planet to draw on not to mention our solar system.
If the liberal Dems have their way, the future of America is to become a city-state subservient to a one-world U.N. government and its laws and policies.
If the conservative Repubs have their way, the future of America is their country’s government officials being puppets of international conglomerate agendas corrupting the American democratic process.
Sadly, a bit of both futures is here now, which is why politicians' poll ratings are so very dismal.
If either or both of he liberal Dems' and the conservative Repubs' future for America continues, my response to the poll is, obviously, very pessimistic.
And considering many libertarians support both the liberal Dems' social issue positions and the conservative Repubs' fiscal-economic issue positions, they're also part of the problem.
But, if we can get The American Family Political Party to come into existence (http://www.debatepolitics.com/genera...cal-party.html (The American Family Political Party)) ..
.. My answer to the poll would be, obviously, very optimistic.
Tick tock, my fellow Americans.
When the election is over and we open our eyes, it will sadly be too late to wonder what the hell just happened.