The Malthusians

Steven Hayward hitsList Mania: The Top Five New Malthusians. A Malthusian is one who takes after the ideas of Reverend Thomas Robert Malthus in his 1798 An Essay on the Principle of Population. James Hansen, the NASA ‘scientists’ so involved in the climate alarmism is first on Hayward’s list.

The most recent I can find is a 2009 article saying Obama only has four years left to save the planet. Since Obama clearly isn’t going to make it, can we expect Hansen to shut up at the end of next year? Of course not; too many lecture fees and prizes to be had.

Others in the Top Five include Bill McKibben, another climate alarmist, Achim Steiner, executive director, United Nations Environment Programme, Stephen Hawking, who thinks we need to leave the planet, and John Holdren, science adviser to the President of the United States.

The underlying factor for these folks seems to be fear that breeds pessimism. Guilt may also play a factor. These factors seem to overwhelm rational evaluation of recent history (especially for the last 100 to 150 years) and ignore the evident ingenuity of man to invent and improve and solve problems. Their view of history seems to stop when the industrial age started and all they can see in the post industrial mankind is the negative.

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