All Overboard

June 16, 2009

We know there are climate change skeptics out there. I don’t mean the ones paid by Big Oil or lobby groups trying to help their governments squeeze out of emission commitments. Just average Joes and Janes who just are not convinced about human-induced climate change. Maybe they don’t see it as their problem or just hate their holier-than thou energy saving/Prius driving neighbours. Who knows? But something that sure is not helping in winning them over are over-the -top statements that predict armageddon or promote the annhilation of the humans as the only solution. These heated comments give the environment movement and environmentalists a bad name and provide ammo for climate skeptics. A few prize winners extracted from a climate skeptic website;

1. “I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000.” Paul Elhrich, Author of The Population Bomb (1968).

2. “I suspect that eradicating small pox was wrong. It played an important part in balancing ecosystems.” John Davis, former editor of the Earth First! Journal.

3. “If I were reincarnated, I would wish to be returned to Earth as a killer virus to lower human population levels.”, Prince Philip.

4. “Cannibalism is a radical but realistic solution to the problem of overpopulation.” Lyall Watson, South African zoologist and anthropologist.

5. “To feed a starving child is to exacerbate the world population problem.” Dr.LaMont Cole, Yale University.

6. “We, in the green movement, aspire to a cultural model in which killing a forest will be considered more contemptible and more criminal than the sale of 6-year-old children to Asian brothels.” Carl Amery (aka Christian Anton Mayer), German writer and environment advocate.

7. “Childbearing [should be] a punishable crime against society, unless the parents hold a government license…. All potential parents [should be] required to use contraceptive chemicals, the government issuing antidotes to citizens chosen for childbearing.”David Bower, founder, Friends of the Earth

8. “The right to have children should be a marketable commodity, bought and traded by individuals but absolutely limited by the state.”Keith Boulding, Founder of Spaceship Earth concept

9.“This cooling has already killed hundreds of thousands of people. If it continues and no strong action is taken, it will cause world famine, world chaos and world war, and this could all come about before the year 2000.” Lowell Ponte, author of The Cooling (1976)

10. “A global climate treaty must be implemented even if there is no scientific evidence to back the greenhouse effect.” Richard Benedict, U.S Conservation Foundation.

One Response to “All Overboard”

  1. vijaya said

    dear anand the key reason for people not to believe the experts is that they would have to give up their conveniences to which they have become a slave to in their day to day life.electrification of rural areas is still a dream in far flung places in India and people have voted for politicians who have given them “current”.this simple facility itself will lay the foundation for further exploitation of natural resources. people celebrate earth day by switching off lights but continue to use all of earths bounty for their greedy needs in the name of begins at home so if we want to contribute our mite lets first start with saving energy ,water, paper,and food.

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