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US: What if the environmentalists got what they want?

February 8, 2013

With no electricity, little to no fuel, and no way to transport either people or commodities, the US would revert to the eighteenth century within a matter of days to weeks. The industrial revolution would be reversed. The gross domestic product would shrink by more than 95 percent. Depending on the season and location, people would begin to either freeze or swelter in their homes. My academic colleagues who think human progress is an illusion would have to face the bitter reality of reverting to a time when life expectancy was less than half of what it is today.

What If Atlas Shrugged? by David Deming

But most of them would be dead anyway, so it wouldn’t matter. Read the whole thing.

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2 Comments
  1. Jon permalink

    Yes — what a shame they can’t rein in the others.

  2. That’s assuming every environmentalist is that extreme. It’s obvious that many are not…

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