Magazine article The Nation

Follow the Money

Magazine article The Nation

Follow the Money

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When we talk about mainstream environmental politics, we always find ourselves talking about money, as dispensed by nonprofits, most of whom are mustered in the Environmental Grantmakers Association, which is dominated by the Rockefeller Family Fund and Pew, both of which have a long-term obsession with "global population control." as the Pew annual report grandly puts it. (Pew money, like the Rockefellers', originally came out of the ground, as oil.)

At a recent association meeting, participants agreed that population issues were going to be a prime focus for the next three years. So now grant-seekers applying for a life-enhancing dollop of money will be sure to work population into their proposals. More torrents of astounding nonsense about population pressure and environmental degradation will duly pollute the rivers of public discourse.

Population hysteria has a leach line to anti-immigrant groups. You can find the sewage in publications of the Carrying Capacity Network, to whose conferences and boards flock officials of the Sierra Club, Wilderness Society and Audubon, as well as the infamous Garrett Hardin, who wrote as follows in the network's May '94 bulletin:

Many Americans can be shamed into sending food to the starving. But whatever else may be a poor country's problem, a closer look shows that it already has too many people for its environment. In most cases, soil is being eroded and forests destroyed. Tragically, gifts of food that save lives increase fertility - which increases the mistreatment of the environment. …

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