Ignoring the Apocalypse

Why Planning to Prevent Environmental Catastrophe Goes Astray

By David Howard Davis

Praeger Press, 2007 

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Golden Age of Statistics: The Doomsday Book. Utopia by Sir Thomas More. The Marquis de Condorcet. The American Statistical Association. The Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Census Bureau. The International Labour Organization. The Italian Fascist Benito Mussolini and his Exposizione Universale di Roma.

The Club of Rome and Aurelio Peccei. Gro Harlem Brundtland and her commission report. The World Future Society. Julian Simon. Bjorn Lomborg. 

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Energy Crisis:  World War I photographs and economic mobilization. Bernard Baruch. The US National Recovery Administration.. The Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. The Manhattan Project to build the atom bomb from a museum and the DOE. The 1973 Yom Kippur War, the oil crisis, OPEC, Milton Friedman, advisor to Ronald Reagan. The 1991 Gulf War. The 2000 electricity crisis in California. Statistics from the US Energy Information Administration.

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Overpopulation: Paul Ehrlich forecast a population explosion. Data finder and clocks. Black death. Jean Baptiste Colbert advocated Mercantilism. French Canadians kept excellent records. Most of the settlers in Jamestown died. The Great Atlantic Migration. Thomas Robert Malthus predicted that population would exceed food. The Know Nothing Party opposed immigration in the nineteenth century, and FAIR still does. Profiles from Idea House. Immigration figures by state and county. North American history.

Data from the United Nations. The UN Population Fund program. The Population Council. The International Planned Parenthood Federation. The Mexico City Policy. The Chinese One Child policy from BBC, Beijing and the Bush Administration. Margaret Sanger. NARAL and Operation Rescue. Eugenics and its advocates. Amniocentesis and stem cells.

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Nuclear War: The Doomsday Clock. Carl Sagan and Nuclear Winter. Another view of Nuclear Winter from Armageddon. The Arms Race and the Cold War. John Foster Dulles. The Nevada Test Site from DOE and the museum. The Bikini Atoll. The 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis from the JFK Library and Harvard. The Test Ban Treaty from the State Department and VCE.

Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative, also known as Star Wars. Mikhail Gorbachev. The Russian Rocket Forces. Nuclear weapon stockpiles. Iran and North Korea   

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Global Warming: International Scientific Planning. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The Kyoto Protocol and its Secretariat. Information from the Climate Action Network, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and the NRDC.

EPA represents the Bush Administration policy. In spite of its name, the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate is an anti-Kyoto group. Opponents at home. Patrick Michaels at the Cato Institute.   

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