Thursday, April 03, 2008

 

Remember when Ted Turner used to be cool

As noted earlier, Ted Turner is back in the news. And then some: Ted Turner: Global warming could lead to cannibalism

(sigh) On the one hand, no one that accomplished should be considered stupid…on the other hand, he did marry Jane Fonda.

Some money quotes from the father of five:

“Turner suggested that "on a voluntary basis, everybody in the world's got to pledge to themselves that one or two children is it."

He’s suggesting that because:

"We're too many people; that's why we have global warming," he said. "Too many people are using too much stuff."

…so says the LARGEST land owner in America.

Over-population has been a longstanding cause célèbre for Mr. Turner: Turner: In his own Words

“No area is more important than managing human numbers in a sensible way," said Turner in his acceptance speech.”

Supposedly, if Ted were in charge, the world population would be a more manageable 2 billion people. Professor Walter Williams explains:

How did Turner arrive at the ideal population? He learned it from his mentor, professor Paul Erlich, author of the 1968 best-seller, "The Population Bomb."

“In that book, Erlich predicted major food shortages in the United States, and by "the 1970s ... hundreds of millions of people are going to starve to death." Erlich forecasted the starvation of 65 million Americans between 1980 and 1989, and by 1999 the U.S. population would have declined to 22.6 million. Erlich saw England in a more desperate situation, saying, "If I were a gambler, I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000” Walter Williams

To give you an idea of just how not over-populated we are – at least not here in the US – consider this factoid: If we were to give every person on this country (yes, even the illegals) their very own acre of land, we would populate Texas, New Mexico and Arizona…and that’s it. The remaining 47 states could be people-less. Total Acreages of States

Of course that might entail taking some 1,999,999 acres away from Ted Turner.

Comments:
The United States has more un-populated wild space then all of sub-Saharan Africa. A continent in which you could fit the United States, Western Europe (including the British Isles), India, Argentina, and China.

However, we shouldn't only be worried about starving Americans.
 
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