The Public Interest

Global Confusion, 1980: A hard look at the Global 2000 Report

Julian L. Simon

Winter 1981

Now the Global 2000 Study makes it official that the world is going to hell in a handbasket. As Time says, “The U.S. government has added its full voice to the chorus of environmental Cassandras... a presidential panel warns that time is fast running out for averting a global calamity.” President Carter requested the Global 2000 Study, it was chaired by the Council on Environmental Quality and the Department of State, and eleven (11) agencies “cooperated,” including the Departments of Agriculture, Energy, and Interior, the Agency for International Development, the CIA, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Science Foundation, and three other agencies with names slightly less well-known. That’s pretty official.

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