Guardian Columnist Tells BBC She Hopes People Will Die To Help Stop Global Warming

In what is yet another example of how violent and misanthropic sentiment in the mainstream media is perfectly acceptable in the name of saving the earth, Dr Susan Blackmore has told the BBC that there are “too many people” and that she hopes most of them will die soon for the sake of the planet.

As writer and commentator on human rights issues Brendan O’Neill of Spiked reported in the First Post:

On 5 November, the upmarket Nightwaves on BBC Radio 3 aired a discussion about overpopulation between Dr Susan Blackmore (a neuroscientist) and Professor John Gray (of the London School of Economics).

Dr Blackmore said the “fundamental problem” facing the planet today is that “there are too many people“. Professor Gray agreed. Then Dr Blackmore declared: “For the planet’s sake, I hope we have bird flu or some other thing that will reduce the population, because otherwise we’re doomed.”

The First Post. Malthusian Snobs Pray For Cure To Overpopulation.

Describing Susan Blackmore as a neuroscientist is a very generous way to describe her. Her website’s CV lists her Ph.D. as being parapsychology, not neuroscience. Quite why the BBC thought someone whose specialty is the ‘study’ of the paranormal was qualified to speak on population and global warming is a question they have yet to answer.

So how many people does Dr Blackmore think should die in this hoped-for viral apocalypse?

In her Guardian newspaper column of 2006 she spelled out what she thought constituted an acceptable number of people when she addressed the subject of global warming:

“In all probability billions of people are going to die in the next few decades . . . The carrying capacity of the earth is possibly a billion or two; it’s certainly far lower than the current plague of humans.

The Guardian. Survival of the Selfish.

So, five or six billion deaths should do the trick, then.

Dr Blackmore observed that Britain seemed likely to survive the worst of the effects of global warming thanks to its geographical location, but worried that “The world will be awash with eco-refugees, desperate to get to anywhere with land and fresh water. What do we do?”. Clearly, a “plague of humans” from those less-fortunate foreign climes struggling to get into the country is a troubling prospect for Dr Blackmore.

She then lists four approaches to the impending catastrophe. The first is that Britain seal its borders and watches the rest of the world die. “We will have to be steadfast about it” she warns readers. The second option would be to try and save everyone, but she dismisses this by saying that the outcome is likely to be conflict over resources in which everyone would die anyway, so what’s the point? The third option is to put the planet first and “let as many people die as possible”.

The fourth option, which Dr Blackmore seems to prefer, is to try and preserve civilization by helping to save certain selected members of the population (come on – you knew this was what she was leading up to, didn’t you?). In this scenario only certain people could be saved from the apocalypse to inherit the brace new world:

Finally, we might decide that civilisation itself is worth preserving. In that case we have to work out what to save and which people would be needed in a drastically reduced population – weighing the value of scientists and musicians against that of politicians, for example.

The Guardian. Survival of the Selfish.

Of course, the necessity of people who can waffle on about parapsychology, global warming and overpopulation in liberal media outlets will presumably be taken as read. Dr Blackmore stated that none of these options were particularly palatable, but we had to face the facts and make tough decisions in the light of global warming. Well quite. Noblesse oblige and all that, Dr Blackmore. Our sympathies on having to make such tough decisions for the rest of us.

This is, of course, a classic example of the hypocrisy of media outlets like the BBC and The Guardian who condemn militaristic language as offensive and even dangerous, but give people who seem to want billions to die horribly a platform with which to share their hopes. Needless to say, nothing will happen to Dr Blackmore following her comments that she hopes there will be a plague or virus soon that will kill billions to bring the population down to her stated acceptable level of around one to two billion.

23 responses to “Guardian Columnist Tells BBC She Hopes People Will Die To Help Stop Global Warming

  1. Blackmore, as a true environmentalist, has a duty to the planet to reduce the population so, she commit suicide immediately. Hey, it’s a start.

  2. The global population at the turn of the twentieth century was much lower than now. There followed a world war killing millions and a flu epidemic which killed more than the war. In the hundred years since the population has grown massively. We have not had much difficulty in producing sufficient food for all, nor even providing habitat for all those people. It could be said that various famines were avoidable had there been sufficient will to provide relief and education. The blame there must lie with the demise of the colonial powers who were in a position to provide stable governance in Africa and other currently benighted areas. This demise was encouraged (probably forced) by the USA post WWII. We are told that we are overpopulated, we are told that we cannot feed all these people. We are lied to, we are led like sheep to our slaughter by intellectual midgets behind whom are the real enemies of the people. Who are these real enemies? Identify them and we may begin to loosen the shackles.

  3. Blackmore is a psychobabble idiot so is fit to comment in the Guardian.

  4. Of course there are too many people – too many people like Dr Blackmore.

  5. Quite why the BBC thought someone whose specialty is the ‘study’ of the paranormal was qualified to speak on population and global warming is a question they have yet to answer.

    It has never mattered before it won’t matter in this instance!

    Dr Blackmore observed that Britain seemed likely to survive the worst of the effects of global warming thanks to its geographical location, but worried that “The world will be awash with eco-refugees, desperate to get to anywhere with land and fresh water. What do we do?”.

    Even with the current mania for eco-bollocks all those eco-refugees would require is to build solar and/or wind powerered desalination plants where they are.(and there are other means to extract fresh water from arid places) And on that score things will improve. Human ingenuity has so far shown that it always does. More efficiency. More power generation. Higher crop yields. Specialisation and mutually beneficial trade so that you aren’t living a subsistence existence.

    Crucially, even qualified futurologists struggle to predict what the future will actually bring in terms of technology, society, leisure and employment. Yet The Watermelon brigade have it all planned in intricate detail. They *know* what we must all be made to do to avoid their computer projections and it isn’t switching the computer off and looking out the window.

    “She then lists four approaches to the impending catastrophe. The first is that Britain seal its borders and watches the rest of the world die. “We will have to be steadfast about it” she warns readers. “

    Those secure borders won’t be to keep people out but to keep people in. Everyone else will be continuing their part in the amazing journey of the development of the human race, technological progress, innovation and happiness whilst Blighty will be a dark and dingy prison of lunatics reading The Guardian.

    It’s as if she’s read or watched The Shape Of Things To Come and thought ‘Setting up an authoritarian, technocratic paradise. Bloody good idea, that, and I’ll be near the top.’.

  6. So let me get this straight Dr Blackmore; unless we have a massive epidemic which kills billions of us, billions of us will die?

    Is that about it? We’re doomed unless we all die? And here’s me thinking that Private Frazer in Dad’s Army was nothing but a comic invention.

    We’re doomed I tell ye, doomed.

    • My thoughts exactly, its hypocrisy, lunacy, idiocy – the list is endless – to claim that the only way to stop billions of people from dying is to kill billions of people.

  7. Brent Hargreaves

    The last few years have been exasperating as we argued against the dodgy physics which, it was claimed, led to thermageddon. But now it’s getting easier: the ideological nature of warmists is emerging ever more clearly.

    They are misanthropic. They have faith: i.e., they maintain their beliefs regardless of the evidence. They have an antidevelopment agenda, hoping to stifle economic growth with dire consequences for the world’s poorest. Like fundamentalists in other domains, their beliefs are so strong that any collateral damage to the poor is – in their perverted philosophy – a price worth paying.

    If these nutters manage to raise the price of energy until it’s a luxury, it’ll be tough for westerners on the national minimum wage and its equivalents but it’ll be disastrous for the developing countries.

    This AGW fiasco was never about science. Our democracy is under attack by watermelons.

  8. I hope Dr Susan Blackmore gets Bird Flu and dies. Please don’t see this as an any more outrageous statement than Dr Susan Blackmore’s. She said:

    “For the planet’s sake, I hope we have bird flu or some other thing that will reduce the population, because otherwise we’re doomed.”

    This means she wants bird flu or something to kill people so I hope she get bird flu and dies in order to help “reduce the population” …” otherwise we’re doomed.””

  9. I find it so ironic that some of the leftist greens come close to the wire with mass human extermination. Yet they have not proposed an effective final solution me thinks. They are skirting around the edges without actually making realistic positive policy proposals. Hoping is not a positive policy proposal.

    ***Bookmark the following Haunting The Library.

    Here is a little history concerning eco-fascists. After reading you will know that there is very little difference between the extreme leftis greens and nasties. Here is what we are up against.

    Anthroposophy and Ecofascism:
    http://www.waldorfcritics.org/active/articles/Staudenmaier.html
    http://www.openwaldorf.com/anthroposophyandecofascism.pdf

    Fascist Ecology:
    The “Green Wing” of the Nazi Party
    and its Historical Antecedents

  10. My final point. Oh heck, I hope Dr Blackmore DIES “because otherwise we’re doomed.””

    If anyone has the time you may want to Google 1960s and 1970s doom and gloom prediction which ALL turned out to be a pile of UTTER CRAP.

    Good night and breed!
    ———————
    Failed AGW Predictions And Forecasts [current]
    http://www.c3headlines.com/predictionsforecasts/

  11. Again the few have a louder voice than the many! The 3 % again.

  12. What we are hearing now has always been THE Whole Point of the AGW Crusade. AGW was the wraping paper. The gift (German Definition please) was always population control and reduction. They were only using Climate to bring it about.

  13. EU commissioner Connie Hedegaard, European commissioner for climate action

    “too many people”

    Cancún –and Beyond: Connie Hedegaard’s 2011 Jean Jacques Rousseau lecture

  14. Just another anti-humanist neo-Malthusian ‘environmentalist’.

    As I’ve said before, environmentalism = anti-humanism. It is what it is.

    Sp!ked and Climate Resistance have much to say about this. Recommended to HtL readers who haven’t come across them yet:

    http://www.spiked-online.com/index.php/site/

    http://www.climate-resistance.org/

  15. I feel sorry for this lady. She’s tempting Murphy’s law and may have to come to terms with her wishes over endless, sleepless nights.
    I hope that she doesn’t have to go through the pain if a young relative has a life snuffed out prematurely. Many have already felt that pain and will have nothing but scorn and hate for her display of humanity.
    Be careful what you wish for lassie!

  16. Ouija wonk waxes wipe-out?
    But it’s okay when you’re saving the planet. For whom, exactly?

  17. Just a note of clarification: Blackmore is not a parapsychologist (any more) but a prominent skeptic. Her research on parapsychology has been largely to disprove it (she started out as a believer but once she started to do the experiments, she realised there is nothing there).

    Of course, that’s not to endorse her comments on population, with which I entirely disagree, like most of you. But best to treat that argument on its (lack of) merits than to use inaccurate ad hominem comments to try to discredit her.

    • Thanks for taking the time to post that Leigh, I appreciate it.

      I’ve checked the wording of the article, and I don’t believe it needs editing. I don’t call Susan Blackmore a parapsychologist, I do say that her Ph.D. was in parapsychology. Therefore, her field of expertise remains parapsychology, much as she might flatter herself to comment on neuroscience.

      What I objected to, and still do, is her presentation of herself as “Dr Blackmore” whose specialty is neuroscience. This would lead people to assume her doctorate was in a serious, related science subject. It wasn’t, and she is no more qualified to talk on neuroscience than I am.

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  19. The world is way over-populated. People are really nuts these days, so politically correct, and out of touch with the natural world, and it’s only going to get worse. They all want iphones and this and that, and it’s always me, me, me. A good calamity will sort you people out. I dont think any other living creature can survive with the number of us here now.

  20. The way it’s going we will all be living in a urbanised planet, with no living creatures other than those is zoos, and everyone will be a complete and utter robot, specially crafted by ‘the machine’, with beliefs and values carefully crafted for them. I see no rebels anymore, we just have ‘conformists’. We are dying as a race.

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