July 6, 2008
The Population Bomb Trumps All Others
In reference to David O'Connell's June 16 letter, "Editorial's erroneous Malthusianism":
Having read Mr. O'Connell's complaints about a Journal editorial from May 19 titled "Too many people,"' I can state without fear of contradiction that virtually every single statement made by Mr. O'Connell is factually incorrect. World population growth is the most fundamental problem facing the world today, and has been for the last 30 years!
Yes, technology can "overcome" many of these problems temporarily (in fact, it has arguably been the entire source and purpose of technology for the past 100,000 years!). But each time such a problem is "solved," it merely raises the stakes as the population is once more able to grow to meet resource availability, and instead of dealing with the root cause and issue at hand, it merely postpones the inevitable and at the same time, something else is always as a result.
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