6 Jan 2006
Earth is Too Crowded for Utopia
As Tom Atkins pointed out in his comment on the Catastrophist Apocalyptic Cultists article, overpopulation is one of the issues we have to tackle sooner rather than later. Clearly it is a deeply emotive and challenging subject, but the bottom line is that pre-oil the world never sustained a population above 1 billion, now it’s over 6, so logic dictates that as oil availability begins to diminish so will the population.
The BBC’s website just posted this rather good article on the subject, Earth is Too Crowded for Utopia by Chris Rapley, which as far as I could see doesn’t bring the peak oil aspect of the argument in, but does provide a very fair overview of the issue. There is plenty of discussion on this subject in the peak oil movement, particularly Stanton’s deeply controversial and, I think, profoundly unskillful article on overpopulation, which has been known to reduce people to tears.