On the Number of Creatures on the Planet:

There are 195 tons of carbon are on the planet in the form of animals that wear their skeletons on the inside of their bodies.  mammals, humans, fish, reptiles, etc.

·         40 million tons are attributable to humans

·         100 million tons are attributable to domesticated and bred animals

·         50 million tons are attributable to water dwelling animals

·         Only 5 million tons are now attributable to wild animals on land


Non-domesticated animals are disappearing rapidly.

On Over Population:

Human population is currently 6.25-6.5 billion people on the planet.  The generally agreed upon peak for human population is 9 billion.  The rapid increase in both human population and industrial age technology strains earth’s resources and is likely to be catastrophic without changes.

There are some that would say that the population is only a problem in as far as it correlates to the consumption of natural resources.  The argument against this thinking is that all human’s want to live better, and until the satiety level of all society is met there will be an ever increasing depletion of resources per capita.  Since the generally agreed upon level of satiety in terms of dollars is roughly $75k per household and the median income for American households currently is only $50k, the reality of reaching a satiety level throughout the entire world, where many countries are far below America’s current standards is almost entirely impossible, therefore resource consumption will continue to rise exponentially as more people populate the planet, never reaching the leveling off period.

The only feasible way we may be able to get to the desired satiety level would be for catastrophic die-off.  Disease, famine, natural disaster, WAR.  War has often been waged because of resources and that is what we are going to be looking at in the future.

On Government Systems Tackling Climate Change:

Different economic & social systems are tackling climate change differently.

US: Venture Capital and Angel Investors are driving innovation and new technology adoption.  The US’s emphasis on individual rights brought on in the industrial era have made unilateral action by the government almost impossible.

China: The Chinese Government is able to act unilaterally and does not get push back from its people, so it can decide what is best for its citizens and act accordingly.  There society values the good of the mother country and the people as a whole over individual rights, which makes it easier for their government to set goals and achieve them without popular opinion and individual rights getting in the way.

Unfortunately, environmental externalities are getting to be so prevalent and detrimental that it appears that capitalism and individual freedoms in regard to the environment may not get us where we need to go.

On What is Currently Happening and What is Really Important