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Letter: Human population a great environmental threat

Published: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 10:05 p.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I enjoyed the humor, and concern for our environment, in Jason Akst’s fine article, “Calling all Vulcans: Please visit,” (April 18, page A2). 

The importance of his topic and concern can hardly be overstated.

All of the suggestions he makes are important. My concern is that his and most all others have one failing, in the time it takes to implement them (even if we could afford them) the increase of our human population will provide even more environmental damage than they would save. 

In the long run the only way to avoid  the disaster that we face is to reduce the cause – U.S. practically everyone who writes on the topic (one exception: W. F. Ruddiman, 2005, “Plows, Plagues & Petroleum,” Princeton University Press) has been afraid to face the reality that reducing the human population is the only practical way to keep natural catastrophe from occurring. 

China seems to be attempting it on occasion. India tried over 25 years ago and failed. 

We may not like their methods, but we are apparently afraid to even discuss methods we could accept.

Jack Bennett


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