Meanwhile, Back in the Jungle

By April 3, 2008Global Warming

Ted Turner envisions a Hobbesian future, or perhaps a Swiftian, or maybe a Hestonian? All because of global warming:

If steps aren’t taken to stem global warming, “We’ll be eight degrees hotter in 30 or 40 years and basically none of the crops will grow,” Turner said during a wide-ranging, hour-long interview with PBS’s Charlie Rose that aired Tuesday.

“Most of the people will have died and the rest of us will be cannibals,” said Turner, 69. “Civilization will have broken down. The few people left will be living in a failed state — like Somalia or Sudan — and living conditions will be intolerable.”

One way to combat global warming, Turner said, is to stabilize the population.

“We’re too many people; that’s why we have global warming,” he said. “Too many people are using too much stuff.”

And freedom. They’re using too much freedom.

(Hat tip: Mark Hemingway. Better a Hemingwayian future, all things considered.)

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