http://www.lifenews.com/2011/10/24/media-promotes-left-wing-panic-over-7-billion-people/Media Promotes Left-Wing Panic Over 7 Billion People
by Paul Wilson
Halloween is traditionally a night of witches, ghosts, and monsters. But for environmentalists and their media allies, an even bigger scare is coming this Halloween: the birth of Earth’s 7 billionth resident.
On Oct. 31, 2011, world population will reach 7 billion, according to the United Nations
. For many people, this milestone is a cause for celebration and a human triumph. But for environmentalists on the radical left, the ever-growing legion of consuming humans is a harbinger of impending doom. The Washington Post cautioned that “ecological distortions are becoming more pronounced and widespread.” Already the media are warning
that population could more than double by 2100, according to a new UN report.
The media have long promoted overpopulation panic rampant among prominent voices in the environmentalist movement. James Lovelock, the founder of Gaia theory
over too much economic success: “there are too many [people], doing too well economically and burning too much oil.” American biologist Paul Ehrlich made a series of fantastic predictions, including the claim
: “I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000.”
(As of 2011, England still exists.) But as recently as 2010, the New York Times quoted
Ehrlich as a “population expert.” And the Los Angeles Times favorably interviewed Ehrlich in February 2011
Despite the failed predictions of Ehrlich and others, the phantom of overpopulation still haunts many on the left, and the media are happy to report every new terror. To thwart the environmentalist nightmare of too many people achieving economic success, such anti-population groups as The Population Institute, Population Connection, and Negative Population Growth lobby governments and philanthropic organizations (and more bizarrely, organize “condom campaigns”) to implement policies to “stabilize” or even reduce world population.
These groups are terrified by
the specter of impending environmental disaster, and loathe humanity because of that fear. Negative Population Growth takes a particularly gloomy view
of the human race: “More people means more pollution, more sprawl, less green space, and even more demands on the earth’s already overburdened resources.”
These groups echo radical environmentalists who see humanity as a plague. Paul Watson, founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, declared humans
to be the “AIDS of the earth.” Yet Watson has his own TV show on Discovery. John Davis, editor of the Earth First! Journal, stated
: “Human beings have no more value as species than slugs.”
Their fear-mongering is echoed by willing partners in the mainstream media. New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman titled his July 7 column “The Earth is Full
.” The Los Angeles Times Editorial Board titled a May 15 op-ed “Defusing the Population Bomb
.” The Los Angeles Times also published a July 21 op-ed
coauthored by Mary Ellen Harte and Anne Ehrlich (wife of Paul Ehrlich), which argued that “Perpetual [human population] growth is the creed of a cancer cell, not a sustainable human society.”
CNN has proven especially willing to promote overpopulation hysteria. In 2009, CNN’s Jack Cafferty warned of an “unsustainable” population of 9 billion and declared that “at some point there’s not going to be enough stuff for everybody.” Another 2009 CNN report
highlighted two studies claiming that “money spent on contraception is about five times more efficient [in protecting the environment] than money spent on clean-energy technologies.” In November 2010, Joy Behar concurred with a guest
who compared having a large family to “littering.”
CNN.com even posted a “Student News Learning Activity
” on its website to educate children about the supposed consequences of overpopulation.
CNN’s shilling for the anti-population lobby is not surprising, considering CNN founder Ted Turner’s unabashed support
for the cause of population control. Turner, who has five children, has spoken favorably
of China’s notorious one-child-per-family policy.
Left-wing media outlets are more hysterical in promoting the anti-population message. Mother Jones’ Julia Whitty composed
a piece in 2010 with the conspiratorial subheading “What unites the Vatican, lefties, conservatives, environmentalists, and scientists in a conspiracy of silence? Population.” In August 2011, Daily Kos blogger Jon Stafford ranted
: “This will undoubtedly be met with accusations of callousness, but what we could really use is a global superplague.”
Panic over population growth is not a new phenomenon. Anglican clergyman and thinker Thomas Malthus, in 1798, called for extreme measures to reduce human population in his Essay on the Principle of Population
(World population was below 1 billion
in 1798.): “Instead of recommending cleanliness to the poor, we should encourage contrary habits. In our towns we should make the streets narrower, crowd more people into the houses, and court the return of the plague. In the country, we should build our villages near stagnant pools, and particularly encourage settlements in all marshy and unwholesome situations.” American biologist Paul Ehrlich echoed Malthus in his 1968 work The Population Bomb
, which warned of mass starvation and environmental catastrophe due to overpopulation. (World population was below 3.6 billion
The dire warnings of Malthus and Ehrlich were proven spectacularly wrong. The New York Times stated as much
in a 2003 editorial, noting that “population growth rates were plummeting.” Birthrates are rapidly declining in the United States
and throughout the world
. And food production has increased dramatically
over the past 40 years, as new methods of growing food
and using resources are discovered.
But Ehrlich has refused to concede his predictions were wrong
, and the media still quotes Ehrlich and raises the ghost of Malthus. On Oct. 17, economist and George Soros friend
Jeffrey Sachs invoked Malthus
in a piece bemoaning overpopulation on CNN.com. As recently as 2010, the New York Times quoted Ehrlich as a “population expert.”