New Limits to Growth Revive Malthusian Fears

March 26, 2008 • News

Thanks to Jim Baird, Jim Brous, Tony Cassils, Bob Engelman and Steve Kurtz for sending the link to this article in the Wall Street Journal. The original will be at for one week past the date of publication (March 24). Below is a copy of the article. There is a video on India at the website. One has to wonder what has become of the Wall Street Journal editors who wrote their January 24, 2003 editorial, “Global Baby Bust.”

See Paul Krugman’s comments on this article at

Although a Malthusian catastrophe is not at hand, the resource constraints foreseen by the Club of Rome are more evident today than at any time since the 1972 publication of the think tank’s famous book, “The Limits of Growth.” Steady increases in the prices for oil, wheat, copper and other commodities — some of which have set record highs this month — are signs of a lasting shift in demand as yet unmatched by rising supply.

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