Letter to the Editor - July 25

July 25, 2012

Who wants to be the first to go?

To the editor:

According to “A message worthy of our attention” (July 18), the planet is experiencing what author and talk-show host Thom Hartmann calls “an explosion of human flesh.” The article calls our attention to what it says is “the massive issue of overpopulation” and warns that the world population “will double in 35 years.”

Is that a sober assessment of the facts or excited hyperbole unrestrained by the facts?

According to Nicholas Eberstadt of the American Enterprise Institute, the 21st century is looking like the century of the fertility implosion.

David Brooks of the New York Times reports that half the world’s population lives in countries with birthrates below the replacement level.

And a Reuters’ story of October 2011, warns that, “…the real potential nightmare is of a rapidly aging population, combined with collapsing birthrates in both rich and poor states.”

According to the article, “Exact predictions vary, but most projections suggest the global population will peak at around 9 billion around 2070 and then start to fall, perhaps very fast.”

Michael Hodin, executive director of the New York-based Global Coalition on Aging and a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations says, “The numbers are stunning. The exact projections vary but it doesn’t really matter because they are all going in the same direction.”

Opinions differ widely on the ideal number of humans. Thom Hartmann has his opinion. The Georgia Guidestones, a large granite monument in Elbert County, Ga., has an opinion, too. According to it, the world’s population needs to be reduced to 500 million.That represents a reduction of over 90% from present levels.

So who wants to be the first to go? Any volunteers? Bueller? Bueller?

G. F. Miller

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