Letters to the Editor

Poverty and the Environment

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To the Editor
Climate Conversation

28th March 2016

Desperately poor people focus on feeding their family and have no spare energy to support secondary concerns such as the environment.

Destitute societies also see large families as free labour and old-age insurance. Thus poverty inevitably produces growing populations and environmental degradation.

The industrial revolution, powered by abundant reliable energy from coal, oil and gas, provided rural labourers with better-paying jobs in industry and government. With kerosene tractors, iron ploughs and no draught horses to feed, farmers had more food to sell. Food prices fell, cities grew, and society supported more culture, conservation and welfare.

With increasing prosperity western families became smaller, reducing birth-rates below replacement levels thus moderating population pressure on the environment.

Today’s green policies are reversing these centuries of progress. They are restricting mining, farming, forestry, fishing and heavy industry by delaying approvals, denying access to land, increasing taxes and the dole, and making electricity more costly and unreliable.

These policies destroy industry, savings and jobs. Chronic unemployment undermines the ability to support arts, environment, welfare and overseas aid. Green charities like the climate industry will also suffer.

Western recession and UN promotion of green energy will also increase poverty in the third world where swelling populations will further degrade their environment.

Societies are becoming angry.

Today’s Green Shirts will produce tomorrow’s Dark Age.

Viv Forbes

Rosewood,
Queensland,
Australia.

forbes [at] carbon-sense [dot] com

2 Thoughts on “Letters to the Editor

  1. LukesAreWrongToo on April 1, 2016 at 10:22 am said:

    Dr Roy Spencer is still a Luke, meaning that he endorses the false science pertaining to back radiation. In doing so he defeats his own cause. He also quite incorrectly wrote that, without greenhouse gases convection would cease and the troposphere collapse to an isothermal state. (See his “Misunderstood” article.)

    Roy Spencer has no qualifications in physics and no understanding of important issues in physics (such as entropy) which one DOES need to understand in order to recognize what is actually happening in all planets. What I write is correct physics which has been subjected to peer-review in open media for over three years, without there being a single valid refutation. (See https://itsnotco2.wordpress.com comment thread.)

    ROY SPENCER’S MOST SIGNIFICANT FAILING IS HIS ARROGANT APPROACH SCOFFING AT ANYTHING IN THE WAY OF PHYSICS WHICH REFUTES WHAT HE MISTAKENLY THINKS IS FACT, BEING GULLIBLE AS HE IS.

  2. Richard Treadgold on April 1, 2016 at 10:39 am said:

    This is not a forum for ad hominem attacks on people you disagree with. Confine your comments to the topic, provide references for your assertions (and stop shouting) and you will remain welcome here. Else depart.

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