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December 22, 2009

Global Warming — The Real Agenda
by Robert L. Hale

MINOT, NORTH DAKOTA — Fear of global warming has taken the world by storm, so to speak. According to theorists — universally claiming to be purveyors of scientific truth rather than theorists — mankind is bringing the earth to a boil. Without worldwide management of human activities, they assure us, life as we know it will come to a disastrous end.

The world climate conference in Copenhagen is making clear which “human activities” must be brought under control. Zhao Baige, China’s vice-minister of National Population and Family Planning, equated population with climate change. She pointed to China’s one-child policy as the right way to deal with climate change.

Canada’s leading newspaper, the Financial Times, is calling for imposition of China’s one-child policy on a global scale. The paper warns readers that this will be difficult because of fundamentalist religions and leaders in emerging countries who see children as a social safety net for their elderly populations.

Britain’s Prime Minister, Gordon Brown stated, “This world deal at Copenhagen must be ambitious, global, comprehensive, and legally binding within six months.” Britain’s Parliament commissioned a study that called for establishing a “sustainable” British population. The study concluded a sustainable population was 30 million — half of the current population of 60 million.

Conference speakers tell us the world’s other species, vegetation, resources, oceans, arable land, water supplies, and atmosphere are being destroyed as a result of humanity’s soaring reproduction rate.

The actual global warming agenda is clear — mandatory population control. This agenda is predicated on the claim that global warming is happening, that it is negative, that human beings are the cause, and that if it is not radically and immediately addressed, the consequences will be unimaginable.

Similar historical “the sky is falling” assertions have been promoted. All have proven false. The claims of global warming promoters are “unimaginable” because they are simply an attempt to impose an ideology while seeking to dominate the lives of others or to make a quick buck.

In 1798, Thomas Malthus, a professor of history and political economy, published An Essay on the Principle of Population. He claimed, “The power of population is so superior to the power of the earth to produce subsistence for man that premature death must in some shape or other visit the human race.”

Professor Malthus’ concerns of overpopulation and the earth’s capacity to support it have proven totally false. Over the last 200 years, as populations have increased dramatically, the only impediment to providing for the needs of population growth has been political interference, not a lack of resources.

In 1968, at the behest of David Browner, executive director of the Sierra Club, Paul R. Ehrlich wrote The Population Bomb. Warning of the mass starvation of humans due to overpopulation, he advocated immediate action to limit population growth. The book was essentially a repetition of discredited Malthusian arguments. In a magazine article in 1969, he predicted that in the U.S. life expectancy would drop to 42 years by 1980, and the population would drop to 22.6 million by 1999.

Malthus feared and Ehrlich hated population. Both are considered gladiators of the environmental movement, which believes human population is a cancer on the environment.

In the mid 1970s, Ehrlich and those of his persuasion claimed the world was about to enter the next ice age — caused by human activity. That claim failed to move the public. The newest catastrophic push is global warming. The goal is the same — to impose worldwide population control.

“Global warming,” whether real or not, has been shouted so loud and so long that it is considered a fact. World governments and special interest groups are using this “fact” to justify imposing massive new universal taxes; directing what we can drive, do, or eat; and calling for universal regulatory authority and the power to control population growth.

The real agenda of global warming activists is clear. They want to centralize government control over people on a world scale — creating a top-down Brave New World. If they succeed, the result will be less of everything and fewer and fewer of us. For those in control, it will be their version of heaven on earth. For the rest of us, it will be a living hell. Maybe that is what the global warming promoters really have in mind when they talk about “warming.”

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Robert L. Hale received his J.D. in law from Gonzaga University Law School in Spokane, Washington. He is founder and director of a non-profit public interest law firm. For more than three decades he has been involved in drafting proposed laws and counseling elected officials in ways to remove burdensome and unnecessary rules and regulations.

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