RE: The End Is Nigh, Again?? (was: Life after the oil crash)

From: janice matchett <>
Date: Fri Oct 28 2005 - 11:28:30 EDT

At 11:11 AM 10/28/2005, Tjalle T Vandergraaf wrote:

>There's too much in Janice Matchett's entry to cover in the limited amount
>of time that I have this morning, but let me pick just a few of her
>statements pertaining to energy use: Is the end finally
>nigh? Yes. [snip] ~ Chuck.

### I'm curious as to why you blew off these statements (and instead
decided to stick with the doomsday mantra in your comments):

Such worries about overpopulation and resource scarcity have a long history.

The Roman writer Tertullian warned in 200 A.D. that "we men have actually
become a burden to the earth" and that "the fruits of nature hardly suffice
to support us."

In 1798 the Rev. Thomas Robert Malthus published
<>An Essay on the
Principle of Population, in which he claimed that population growth would
always outstrip food supplies, inevitably resulting in famine, pestilence,
and war.

Biologist Paul Ehrlich notoriously updated Malthus' gloomy predictions in
his 1968 book
<>The Population
Bomb, which predicted that hundreds of millions of people would die of
famine in the 1970s.

~ Janice

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