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Kamala Harris: When we… “reduce population”

Jul 21, 2023
Vice President Kamala Harris speaks during a meeting with civil rights leaders and consumer protection experts to discuss the societal impact of Artificial intelligence, at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex, in Washington, Wednesday, July 12, 2023. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

In a recent climate talk, Vice President Kamala Harris said “When we invest in clean energy and electric vehicles and reduce the population” sparking a debate on whether reducing the human population is the solution. However, let’s explore a different perspective. Instead of blaming overpopulation for straining the earth’s resources, it is the market forces and innovation that hold the key to sustainability.

Looking back to the 19th century, fears arose about depleting whale oil, a vital resource for lighting at the time. As demand outpaced supply, the price of whale oil soared, pushing innovators to find alternatives. This led to the discovery of kerosene, a more efficient lighting option, and ultimately, the advent of the engine. Scarcity and higher prices incentivized the search for solutions, driving progress and human ingenuity.

A world with a dwindling population might appear to have sufficient resources, but the lack of pressure to innovate could stifle progress. History demonstrates that high prices spur entrepreneurs to develop substitutes or locate additional resources. Companies regularly seek to replace costly materials with cheaper alternatives to boost profits, which drives technological advancements.

Take the example of oil drilling. While we currently access only a fraction of the earth’s oil reserves, higher prices could motivate companies to explore deeper or more challenging locations. Innovation in oil extraction technologies has made oil cheaper in real terms despite increased consumption and a growing population.

However, it’s essential to recognize that governments can hinder innovation. Subsidies and restrictions often divert resources from productive research to less efficient green initiatives. The real problem lies not with the people but with crony governments that misuse environmental concerns as an excuse to overtax citizens.

In conclusion, blaming overpopulation for depleting resources overlooks the potential of markets and innovation. Higher prices drive entrepreneurs to find alternatives and discover new sources of scarce resources. While challenges persist due to government interference, it is essential to trust in human ingenuity and free markets as the most promising path towards a sustainable future. Let’s encourage innovation, address governmental shortcomings, and work together to protect our planet.

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