Over at the American Enterprise Institute's online magazine, The American, Reason Science Correspondent Ronald Bailey rebuts a particularly clueless eruption of overpopulation alarmism. The offending nonsense appeared on the Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch site in a piece by regular financial columnist Paul B. Farrell. From the article:
Farrell asserts that overpopulation is "the biggest time-bomb for Obama, America, capitalism, the world." Bigger than global warming, poverty, or peak oil. Overpopulation will end capitalism and maybe even destroy modern civilization. As evidence, Farrell cites what he calls neo-Malthusian biologist Jared Diamond's 12-factor equation of population doom.
It turns out that Farrell is wrong or misleading about the environmental and human effects of all 12 factors he cites.
To see the complete brief refutation of this latest outbreak of Malthusian doom click over to The American here.