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1. Extreme Poverty Is Plummeting
Extreme poverty rates—defined as living on less than $1.90 per day—are falling and continue to fall. From 1990 to 2015, the global extreme poverty rate fell from 36 percent to 10 percent. In 2018, it fell to 8.6 percent. This means more than 137,000 people escape extreme poverty every day.

2. More Than Half the World Is Middle Class
This might not shock you at first, but consider that September 2018 was the first time in human history that more than 50 percent of the global population was considered middle class, which amounts to about 3.8 billion people. One huge benefit of this is the demand the middle class places on the global economy, resulting in more entrepreneurial opportunities and increased commerce.

To put this in perspective, only 1.8 billion were considered middle class in 2009.

3. Global Life Expectancy Is Rising
As Cato Institute senior fellow Johan Norberg states in his WSJ column,

Global life expectancy increased by more than three years in the past 10 years, mostly thanks to prevention of childhood deaths. According to the U.N., the global mortality rate for children under 5 declined from 5.6% in 2008 to 3.9% in 2018. A longer perspective shows how far we’ve come. Since 1950, Chad has reduced the child mortality rate by 56%, and it’s the worst-performing country in the world. South Korea reduced it by 98%.
4. Climate-Related Deaths Are Falling
Norberg also addresses the question, “Hasn’t this all come at the cost of a despoiled environment?” “No,” he says. “At a certain point developed countries start polluting less.” To make the point, he cites the falling rate of climate-related mortalities.

Death rates from air pollution declined by almost a fifth world-wide and a quarter in China between 2007 and 2017, according to the online publication Our World in Data.
Annual deaths from climate-related disasters declined by one-third between 2000-09 and 2010-15, to 0.35 per 100,000 people, according to the International Database of Disasters—a 95% reduction since the 1960s. That’s not because of fewer disasters, but better capabilities to deal with them.
 

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For each reason listed below, several links are given to verify the inspiring material presented and to dive deeper into it. Behold, 10 reasons to become hope-mongerers!

Reason #1 : Humans Are Not Lemmings! Global Population Leveling Off

Reason #2 : Solar Power Cheaper Than Coal, Gas, and Oil

Reason #3 : The Internet Miracle – Unprecedented Networking, Information Access

Reason #4 : Children More Loved, Supported Than Past Generations

Reason #5 : Violent Crime Has Dropped Dramatically, Wars Less Vicious

Reason #6 : Focus Shifting from Left vs. Right to 99% vs. 1% to the Human Family

Reason #7 : Man Behind the Curtain Exposed – The Global Power Elite

Reason #8 : Interest in Personal Growth, Consciousness Expansion on the Rise

Reason #9 : Love and Cooperation Are Rockin' Our World!

Reason #10 : You Can Be Master of Your Own Life Now!!!


 

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World wide Standard of Living has been making tremendous gains over the last 20 yrs. Most of the reasons given in the second post are results of improved SoL. not causes.....Cheap, convenient fossil fuel is behind the improvement. (Energy usage is a proxy measure of economic status.)... A switch to "alternatives" will crash the progress.
 

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World wide Standard of Living has been making tremendous gains over the last 20 yrs. Most of the reasons given in the second post are results of improved SoL. not causes.....Cheap, convenient fossil fuel is behind the improvement. (Energy usage is a proxy measure of economic status.)... A switch to "alternatives" will crash the progress.
I do not disagree.

The short circuit is the Green Way is being sold as the better way for the less fortunate of the world.
 

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As I understand it, it is the transfer of money from the middle class in developed countries to the new middle class in developing countries that has gotten people out of poverty.
 

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Humans as a group are easily led, lazy, sheep. There are always exceptions, and they are easy to spot, either by example or by force, they will be doing the leading. You can't make sheep change their ways, you can however learn how to herd them. When you hear a politician say that he wants to tax the rich to help the poor, he is demonstrating his herding skills. And the only one he is trying to help, is himself. The sheep are not herded for the benefit if the sheep.

Anyone who strays from the herd, will be singled out and vilified. If he is a homeless person, or simply someone who wants to grow his own food and be left alone, he or she isn't showing a group think mentality. At some point they will be considered a problem, and dealt with. And dealt with means herded, not for the benefit of the individual, but for the benefit of the herders.

The leaders, or politicians will always tell the sheep that they are being herded for their own good. And the sheep will agree and go along, because they are after all, sheep. This is called civilization. This is not necessarily a bad thing, a lot of good has come from being civilized. But lets call it what it is, herding.
 

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The GND is equivalent to a Perpetua Motion Machine-- an impossible dream Materials Acquisition for Global Industrial Change (MAGIC) – Watts Up With That?
From your link - Oh so easy - Replacing the 80% of US energy that now comes from fossil fuels can be accomplished quickly, easily, affordably and ecologically – with clean, green, renewable, sustainable, carbon-free wind and solar technologies that will create millions of good jobs, and save our planet from climate devastation.
 

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From your link - Oh so easy - Replacing the 80% of US energy that now comes from fossil fuels can be accomplished quickly, easily, affordably and ecologically – with clean, green, renewable, sustainable, carbon-free wind and solar technologies that will create millions of good jobs, and save our planet from climate devastation.
Lest readers here who didn't read the article get the wrong impression, that quote is a sarcastic summary of The Green New Deal--- It goes on to expose with hard facts & figures that there isn't enough raw material nor energy available on the planet to accomplish their goals...He points out in particular that they can't make the PV cells nor wind mills without fossil fuels. That's why he sarcastically gives their program the label MAGIC.
 
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