]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]] THE NEW BOGEYMAN [[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[ By Oleg Panczenko (10602PANC) (10/25/88) The source of a pollutant is politically important, as the lead editorial in this month's AtE points out. It is widely accepted in America that "corporate chemical = bad chemical", so that greenhouse gases produced by industry are clearly harmful while those same gases produced naturally are clearly benign. Dr Beckmann observes that "the man-engendered methane (fertilizers, cattle, rice paddies) lacks a sufficiently repugnant corporate image to lend itself to resentment." But the anti-industrial revolutionaries among us have grounds for declaring a substance objectionable other than those of production by a corporation. Any connection with man is sufficient to condemn a chemical. On the front page of today's (24 October 1988) Wall Street Journal is the headline: "Global Threat / New Culprit Is Indicted In Greenhouse Effect: Rising Methane Level / Scientists Point to Cattle, Termites and Rice Paddies As Contributing Sources / Scarier Than Carbon Dioxide?" This new bogey will lead not to corporation-bashing but to a renewal of population-bashing. Fertilizer and rice paddies are used to produce food for the "relentlessly increasing burden of population". The statists, population-control special-interests and ecological radicals have too much to gain to let this bogey go unexploited. Population control is one of the sicknesses of the New York Times. A number of universities (1) and private organizations get a tidy sum from the government for "population control activities". A burger is enough to send an "ecologically" sensitive type into a rabid froth because the production of beef is so "wasteful of rapidly-diminishing resources". We will hear increasingly strident calls for population control from a Left which is suffused by a hatred of mankind. Notes: 1. Columbia University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Johns Hopkins. More: Kasun, Jacqueline. The War Against Population: The Economics and Ideology of Population Control. Harrison, NY: Ignatius Press, 1988. Zimmerman, P.R. et al. "Termites: A Potentially Large Source of Atmospheric Methane, Carbon Dioxide, and Molecular Hydrogen", Science 218:563-565 (5 November 1982).
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