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Paul Ehrlich: Australia will become a “third world country” if we don’t abandon Mining

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Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Serial failed futurist Paul Ehrlich has warned that Australia will become a third world country, if we Australians don’t abandon one of our main sources of national income.

According to The Guardian;

Q&A: mining will turn Australia into a third-world country, says ecologist Paul Ehrlich

Ehrlich warns ‘you are destroying your life support systems here’ and says his prediction of a 90% chance civilisation will collapse in 50 years is based on ‘gut feeling

Australia is “working to become a third-world country” through its economic dependence on mining natural resources for export and reliance on coalmining, according to doomsday ecologist Paul Ehrlich.

Ehrlich made the prediction on the ABC’s Q&A program on Monday night, after dismissing the views of other panellists on the question of whether Australia was overpopulated as “mostly nonsense, unfortunately,” and before praising the economic theories of electronics retailer Dick…

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Paul Ehrlich – the gift that keeps giving

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Paul Ehrlich in 1970 predicted a USA decimated by hunger in the year 2000: just 23 million inhabitants living on less calories than the average African gets today

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Paul Ehrlich–still going after 40-years of wrong, wrong, and wrong again

We will soon be asking is it perfectly okay to eat the bodies of your dead because we’re all so hungry?

…In other words between now and 45 years from now, 2.5 billion people will be added to the planet. …We are moving towards resource wars

“Will overpopulation drive us to eat our own DEAD?” The Daily Mail, 23 May 2014

Paul Ehrlich is widely known for his 1968 book ‘The Population Bomb’ which he called for population control to prevent global crises from overpopulation. In his 1968 book, he predicted.

Plainly, he got that wrong. In 1970, Ehrlich predicted that Americans would be subjected to water rationing by 1974 and food rationing by the end of the 1970s. He got that wrong too.

Julian L. Simon and Ehrlich entered in a widely followed scientific wager in 1980.

Simon had Ehrlich choose five commodity metals. Simon bet that their prices would decrease, while Ehrlich bet they would increase. Between 1980 and 1990, the world’s population grew by more than 800 million, the largest increase in one decade in all of history.

Ehrlich lost the bet with Simon. All five commodities bet on declined in price from 1980 through to 1990.

Ehrlich was more than a sore loser. In 1995, he told the Wall Street Journal that

If Simon disappeared from the face of the Earth, that would be great for humanity.

Ehrlich calls those who disagree with him “idiots,” “fools,” “morons,” “clowns” and worse. His righteous zeal is matched by viciousness in disagreement and utter imperviousness to contrary evidence

EARTH DAY: SPIRITUALLY UPLIFTING, INTELLECTUALLY DEBASED by Julian L. Simon

During the first great Earth Week in 1970 there was panic.

The public’s outlook for the planet was unrelievedly gloomy.

The doom saying environmentalists – of whom the dominant figure was Paul Ehrlich – raised the alarm: The oceans and the Great Lakes were dying; impending great famines would be seen on television starting in 1975; the death rate would  quickly increase due to pollution; and rising prices of increasingly-scarce raw materials would lead to a reversal in the past centuries’ progress in the standard of living.

… On average, people throughout the world  have been living longer and eating better than ever before.

Fewer people die of famine nowadays than in earlier centuries.

The real prices of food and of every other raw material are lower now than in earlier decades and centuries, indicating a trend of increased natural-resource availability rather than increased scarcity.

The major air and water pollutions in the advanced countries have been lessening rather than worsening.

Julian L. Simon

Via Julian Simon memorial site

HT: The Climate Counsel

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