Book review—Scarcity: Humanity’s Final Chapter? by
Chris O. Clugston
Part 3: We do
not inherit the Earth from our ancestor; we borrow it from our children.
stick your knowledge out into the public sector, you discover all sorts of
characters streaming out of the woodwork.
Millions live in denial of reality.
Leaders avoid planning for the future.
Millions more lack any understanding of the predicaments humanity faces
in the 21st century.
show host Darren Weeks of “Coalition to Govern America” said, “We are not
overpopulated. Quit spreading this nonsense! You're helping the UN promote its
“The world can sustain more people. There’s enough land and water to do what
needs to be done. Humanity expanded to other continents here on earth and the
next step is looking to the immediate solar system, say Mars for example, to
expand the species there as well.
Instead of the money the governments spend on warfare, we could easily
accomplish this task in my lifetime.”
responded, “We’re not overpopulating the planet. That’s a lie right from Satan who
wants to kill and destroy. The population of developed countries would be
declining except for immigration from third world countries.”
book, Scarcity: Humanity’s Final
Chapter? by Christopher O. Clugston, we meet face to face with facts, irrefutable
science and a sobering reality check.
more our human population grows, the faster we use up non-renewable resources
upon which our existence depends.
the world from our entrenched anthropocentric (human-centered) perspective,
there is always hope for a brighter future, because the implicit assumption
underlying our anthropocentric perspective is that there will always be enough
NNRs to enable a brighter future,” said Clugston. “And that humankind need only
be concerned with using these NNRs to provide ever –improving material living
standards for ever-increasing numbers of our ever-expanding global population.”
viewing the world from a scientifically ecologically based perspective, “There
is no hope for a brighter future, because the fundamental assumption underlying
our limited human-centered perspective is wrong,” said Clugston.
As you read
into the book, Clugston features facts, figures and graphs that will not allow
you to daydream. He said, “This
distorted cornucopian worldview, which is being adopted increasingly by other
industrializing nations is the logical outgrowth of a misinformed historical
perspective and an inaccurate understanding of Nature’s role in human
One look at
India or China should run a chill down your spine. They crush Mother Nature at
all costs in their bid to become “like” the United States. They already feature horrific air pollution
and acidified soils as they place an added coal-fired electrical plant on line
every week of the year. Their rivers run
like open sewers and their traffic jams exceed 60 miles in length. They add 16 million new cars annually. Additionally, they add eight million more
people annually via population momentum.
Essentially, they degrade their future beyond repair.
sobering methodology, Clugston shows where country after country peaked as to
production of its heavy metals, minerals and petroleum resources. A place like the United Kingdom, a modern-day
Easter Island, ran out of many metals in the late 1800s. They import everything. The same holds true
for Japan. The State of Hawaii could not
exist for a single week without non-renewable resources (NNRs) pumped into its
such countries as Canada, China, India, America, Europe and Australia besiege
Africa and South America for resources.
None of those countries could exist without the oil from the Middle East
and South America. But no one will give it a second thought as to what they
will do when oil “peaks” in those other countries. Let this be clear: oil will peak and
ultimately vanish as a source of energy.
won’t vanish will be the enormous populations of the aforementioned
countries. What won’t vanish will be the
immense need to feed incredible human populations.
those civilizations’ demand for tin, copper, steel, zinc and four dozen other
“peaking” metals accelerates instead of declining.
asks, “What can we do?”
meaningful,” he said. “We will continue to behave as we have during the past
several centuries until Nature intervenes; we are culturally incapable of
behaving differently. And since our
“best case” scenario going forward differs only marginally from our “worst
case” scenario. There is no compelling reason to modify our unsustainable
economic and ecological behavior at this point.
We have obviated ourselves in the process of our advancement.”
Somebody will think of something; they always have and they always will.
limiting factor is not insufficient human ingenuity; it is insufficient NNRs.
will overcome all obstacles….
industrialized nations are unsustainable and will collapse in
not-to-distant-future as NNRs deplete.
covers a dozen other myths and refutes them with scientific evidence.
America’s predicament cannot be “fixed” at all, because we will never have
access to enough NNRs, whether imported or domestic sources, to enable us to
deliver on the impossible promises made by our ancestors when times were so
good for Americans, temporarily.”
Our fatal attraction
allowed ourselves to become distracted by irrelevant arguments,” he said. “We
argue over tinkering with the pump, when our real problem is that our well is
running dry. Most regrettably, while the probability that we can avert or
mitigate the catastrophic consequences associated with our predicament through
an intelligent response is certainly very small, the probability that we will
experience imminent global societal collapse in the event that we remain
ignorant or in denial and fail to respond intelligently is 100 percent.”
If you bring
up children, this book will compel you to take action. If you care about your
civilization, this book will captivate you. If you care about the future, this
book will guide you. What amazes me
most: we could change course, but we probably won’t.
Humanity Final Chapter
Christopher O. Clugston
William R. Catton, Jr.
In a five
minute astoundingly simple yet brilliant video, “Immigration,
Poverty, and Gum Balls
”, Roy Beck, director of www.numbersusa.ORG
illustrates the impact of overpopulation. Take five minutes to see for
by the numbers—off the chart” by Roy Beck
minute demonstration shows Americans the results of unending mass immigration
on the quality of life and sustainability for future generations: in a few
words, “Mind boggling!” www.NumbersUSA.org
This is the
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; watch Roy Beck’s “Immigration by the Numbers” at 14 minutes. Bi-partisan and
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best information on what we face as a civilization as to overpopulation,
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Rapid Population Decline, seven minute video by Dr. Jack Alpert-
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