Are We To Be In 2021 The Last World Human Majority To Have Habitable Lives?

By Donald A. Collins | 22 November 2021
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As there are now almost 8 billion of our species ravaging Earth, the cogent question is “For how long can we keep over consuming our non-renewable and renewable resources before chaos reaches the majority of us?”

The most rapid route to such a state could be the climate crisis, recently jawboned by far from agreed upon solutions, as China, which did not attend the UN Climate conference in Glasgow, is the chief perpetrator, by no means alone, as West Virginia and former Governor now Senator Manchin proves.

On page 215 of Jonathan Karl’s new book, Betrayal: The Final Act Of The Trump Show we get a flavor this person’s real motivations.

Pat Nixon, who had retired after 15 years at a senior department official (WVA Department of Environmental Protection) told me the agency faced ever-rising pressure to reduce enforcement of basic environmental protections. “It’s not subtle,” she said. She recalls a staff meeting in which Joe Manchin, the conservative governor from 2005 to 2010, said that “when the industries see the DEP coming onto their property he wanted them feel comfortable.” By that, Nixon said, “He didn’t want us to come done heavy handedly.”

In 2010 Manchin left the governor’s mansion and ran for the US Senate. He promised to protect the state from environmentalists’ “attempts to destroy our coal industry and way of live in West Virginia.” The American Chemistry Council, the leading industry group, spent $225,000 on advertisements praising Manchin as “Senator for our Future”. He won. On his Senate financial disclosures, he reported income of more than $3 million between 2009 and 2012 from Enersystems, a coal brokerage he owned. (It was later run by his son).

The ravishing of West Virginia by the coal industry is well documented.

As the NY Times just noted, “The Democratic Republic of Congo has been a critical source of strategic minerals for the United States since at least World War II”, so this is just one of many demands on the environment, many without provisions for proper clean up or protection of precious environmental assets.

In related environments, human littering has become so rampant that the amounts of debris now orbiting our planet could disrupt key computer links according to an 11/21 Washington Post article entitled “Weapons tests in space could shut down ATMs and ground flights” while the rush space continues as you can read here.

Not too many rain forests or pure flowing water on the Moon or Mars.

The mass media is loaded daily with similar unfixed stories about polluters—remember that big one in California? It’s back.

Will electric vehicles (EVs) solve the climate issue? Not entirely as you can read here.

In short, the key issue of habitability remains uncertain and the necessary human fervor to reach solutions is clearly lacking.

Excess human numbers loom as we add a net (births over deaths) of 80 million humans per year which experts project that by 2100 there could be 11 billion humans, not 8 as now. Between climate troubles and the other massive environmental attacks underway, that number may well not be reached.

As I have noted before, many credible scientists are not optimistic about whether we will be a habitable world for much longer.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 40 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of “From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?” and “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?: Leaders Commit to Reduce Human Population”.

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