- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 8, 2008

Richard Rahn is unaware of it, but “manslaughter” is probably too kind a word to ascribe to the effects of misguided environmental policies (”Manslaughter by politicians,” Commentary, Wednesday). Far worse than rising food and fuel prices can be expected if environmentalists get their way.

The human population is naturally limited by the amount of available food. A process developed a century ago to produce fertilizer from atmospheric nitrogen and natural gas allowed world population to increase to its present size. Natural gas is the key to feeding the world, and a new report by the United Nations says that food production must increase by 50 percent by 2030 (”Leaders say hungry need surge in aid,” World, Wednesday).

Politicians should understand that by restricting access to natural gas, the world soon faces mass starvation. Considering that many environmentalists almost seem to regard human beings as a “cancer” as they demand that world population be drastically reduced to save the planet, one wonders if this is their desired result.

ROGER JOHNSON

Kensington



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