The Resourceful Earth: A Response to Global 2000

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The Resourceful Earth: A Response to Global 2000

Edited by Julian L. Simon and Herman Kahn
Basil Blackwell, 1984
585 pp.
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Dismayed by the negativism of the Carter Administration's report Global 2000, and suspicious of the political uses being made of it. Professor Simon of the University of Maryland and the late Herman Kahn, with support from the Heritage Foundation, put together these studies by experts to correct what they think are fundamental errors. They call their rather optimistic statements about the future of population, food, water, resources, climate and other things "unconditional predictions in the absence of an unforeseeable catastrophe"-their underlying assumption being that people will do the right things to adjust constructively to change.