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    Yeah, I am. This is part of why I mourn the general loss of interest in space related exploration and technology, we should be finding ways to get people to want to make science fiction into science fact. Vast amounts of chemical and mineral wealth right here in our solar system, but we have to have ways to GET to it and EXTRACT it. Not to mention more efficient spaceflight could lead to orbital gardens...even colonization.

    As an aside, I don't like the fact that if we don't change our ways, if aliens DO exist we'll fit the stereotype of humanity as a cancer to be eliminated rather than a people to be welcomed. Assuming any aliens are peaceful to begin with.
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    If you go back to the 1800's you'll see similar warnings. No I'm not concerned. We'll find a way to solve the problems.
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    I agree. The population grew because of technology - so be it. So what if we can now support 7 billion people because agriculture and medicine have advanced? I think that we should kinda be proud of that fact, instead of trying to find the doom and gloom.
    The population will moderate itself globally.
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    Any system dependent upon never ending growth is doomed to failure. To think otherwise is simply a denial of natural law. Humanity's current path is at a very fundamental level unsustainable. In a world of finite resources the Second Law of Thermodynamics must prevail. Prosperity is temporary and to think we can grow economies and populations without bounds is a fantasy.
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    Population growth is a huge problem. We need to change the tax laws to say "Two dependent child deductions MAX!" Also, we would spend a fraction of the resources we spend today if we just upgraded the electrical distribution grid. Most of the power generated is lost in transmission.
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    Why dependent at all? After all, more kids mean more resources. More government spending. So why should having kids be a tax break?
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    "We need to change the tax laws to say "Two dependent child deductions MAX!" " The problem with that plan is that overpopulation isn't so much of a problem here in the U.S., but look to Asia, especially India, whose population is slated to exceed that of China within the next eight years. Unless we make population control global, we're screwed.
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    @Denizen_Kate Make population control? Chinese style population control will not work. Over population is BS. The baby boomers will die off in large swaths in the next decade. Years of the feminist agenda in family courts has put a damper on men seeking a mate. Now, stop subsidizing women's Right to having kids out of, or in wedlock. Feminism is stopping the male pill, because feminists want that control solely for women.
    You hold womens feet to the fire for financial responsibility of having children, that will stop these human pez dispensers from terrorizing children and society with obligations.
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    @SmedleyButler "Feminism is stopping the male pill, because feminists want that control solely for women." No true. Feminists merely realize that men are not as emotionally involved in contraception. A man can always walk away from an unwanted pregnancy, even if that means he becomes a "deadbeat dad" and can be punished for it. It isn't happening in his body. A woman has to deal with those consequences, and a lot of us don't trust men to make good choices where sex is concerned.

    "... stop subsidizing women's Right to having kids out of, or in wedlock." Wedlock has nothing whatsoever to do with biology. That's a societal statement and doesn't apply in places like Asia and Africa.

    "The baby boomers will die off in large swaths in the next decade." As many here seem to be doing, you're only thinking of this issue as it applies to the U.S. We share this planet, and it's resources, with billions of other people. This isn't an American problem, it's a human problem. We're stressing our habitat.
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    Oh yes....people bitch about abortions now well wait a few more years and they'll be mandatory there's no other way to deal with over population
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    The problem isn't lack of resources. There is plenty of food, it is distribution of resources. As to energy, wind/solar provide about 2 percent of energy in states that utilities report estimates in. We waste much energy that could be saved through wiser use. In the past decade hugh finds of oil/natural gas have been found in the u.s. the worlds largest energy consumer. Methane can be readilly manufactured from sewage. By increasing development of renewables, including methane to sewage treatment facilities, we will have energy long before we run out. I might add that not so long ago there had been predictions we would run out of oil by now...
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    I so agree. And as long as Americans can afford to spend 14billion a year on dog food It makes no sense to complain about babies.
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    @hwyangel Now that i be retired, i'm going to start researching welfare qualifiers and see if i can get me some of them there freebees, not the buzz buzz kind.
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    @marine1

    lol. With a free phone, food, and medical care I'm real tempted to break out my back pack and hiking shoes.
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    @hwyangel ya know,it's a shame to see the deliberate groth of ignorance and sloth these politicians are causing.
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    For instance, with demand for oil outstripping supply, we'll see prices hit $75 a barrel - a vast increase on ~$16 a barrel, the price for most of the twentieth century.

    Uh, oil's been trading above $75 for about five years. Welcome to the future.
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    @woodtick57

    The article just states the obvious. As nations develop, existing resources will be spread more thinly. What the author seems to ignore is that as time goes by, technology will change the availability of resources. Just look at fraking. Because of fraking there's talk that America may be energy independent soon.
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    @Thunderchicken he is basically talking about "peak oil". Peak oil is the point in time when the maximum rate of petroleum extraction is reached, after which the rate of production is expected to enter terminal decline. There is no amount of technology outside creating oil out of thin air that will change the decline at that point. There is a lot of debate about when that will actually be though.
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    @Capt_Morgan02

    You're probably correct about the peak oil bit. IOW What Grantham is saying that oil prices won't come down from about where they are now. I can believe that. Thanks.
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    Is there a problem with those methods?

    The bibles method of "don't do that" doesn't seem to work, considering Christian states have higher birthrates than others...
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    @Cool_voter "Is there a problem with those methods?

    The bibles method of "don't do that" doesn't seem to work, considering Christian states have higher birthrates than others... "

    Name the Christian states please.
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    @Zoe2012 - he's probably referring to the Bible belt, due to the fact they are the most religious states. They also compromise the majority of the poorest states.
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    "Funding the radical abortion, family planning and birth control is the liberal agenda for women to have less children." Remove "radical" and substitute "common sense" for "liberal" and you've got it.
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    nope not at all, with a little cooperation. this world could support, three or four times it's present population. but that would require, them to give up their military budgets for agriculture. and i do not see them, presently willing to do that.

    and we only have about, a thousands years left. before G-D drowns out all this world's troubles again. because you have all forgotten, this story is not about what any of you want. and that has always been, the major problem.
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    i been saying this for years, soon as oil becomes scarce the population will drop from 7 billion to around 700 million, pre oil days? eh?
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    Won't happen. It's the new world order. The global economy. Entire nations will be left to starve to death and they will start with Africa. Those in power and I mean the top 100 families who rule the world will simply withdraw support from everyone else and thin the herd.
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