Lewis Page writes at The Register:
Extremist green campaigning group WWF – endorsed by no less a body than the European Space Agency – has stated that economic growth should be abandoned, that citizens of the world’s wealthy nations should prepare for poverty and that all the human race’s energy should be produced as renewable electricity within 38 years from now.
The WWF Report can be found here.
Page goes on to tear the report apart. The following is a short summary of his critique.
- In lieu of statistics of figures, they cherry-pick at will to prove a point about biodiversity, and then try to rationalise this concern. I recall the same trick being used in my environmental science classes. By making flimsy excuses to maintain biodiversity, the curriculum preached the need to protect every organism possible from us evil humans.
- They maintain the dogmatic green assertion that the planets’ resources are running dry. This is despite the fact that humans naturally ration resources through the price system and by improving efficiency with technological advancements, as long as the free market is left to its own devices. Human innovation also results in finding monumental amounts of undiscovered resources, leaving us with supplies of oil that will last centuries.
- The report jeers at western nations for overusing their share of the “biocapacity” of the earth. They tried to guilt us with something like this when I was in school as well.
- There is a desire to manage demand, which is “eco-nomics code for “rationing, or making mostly illegal“”.
But people have a strange blind spot about WWF. They think it’s still the cuddly old World Wildlife Fund (CNN does, anyway – and so indeed does the ESA). But it’s not the WWF any more, nobly trying to save the whale and the dolphin and the tiger. It has transformed into simply WWF – the initials, like those of global arms multinational BAE Systems, no longer stand for anything.
Today’s WWF is not really about tigers and dolphins any more, though they make excellent figureheads for fundraising. Just to show how much they aren’t, in fact, in step with everyone else, the organisation’s activists would be very happy if the present desperate efforts to end global recession were to fail; and this just as a prelude to making you (perhaps still more) miserably poor and launching a frankly insane effort to stop the human race using fire in just 38 years – by building windmills without steel or carbon, tide barrages without concrete and solar panels without glass.
The whole thing is well worth the read.
(Via: Andy Semple)