Reason for some gloom
David Von Drehle’s column honors the ingenuity of the human brain and spirit. He certainly makes his point that we’ve managed to tackle scarcity challenges faced by a growing population through invention and mass production. However, he does not at all address the costs incurred, the most important of which is the health of our planet and ecosystem. The amazing amounts of production he cites ignores the fact that were dumping carbon into our atmosphere and oceans at unprecedented rates, resulting in runaway climate change, acidification of the ocean, and unmitigated eradication of both plant and animal fauna. He mentions China as being “hampered” in growth because of unreasonable population management policies, yet for years they have had the fastest growing economy. It’s just too bad the people living there can’t see the sun in the sky on a cloudless day due to air pollution from uncontrolled and unregulated production. (I’ve been there, and the air actually tastes as bad as it looks.)
Should we really be optimistic in thinking we’re on a sustainable path?
Joseph Rocco, Clearwater