Wattenberg's assertion that the "population bomb" is a dud would be laughable if it were not so irresponsible.
In his closing paragraph he cites estimates that by the middle of the next century the population will have doubled to 10 billion from its almost 5 billion mark of today. The population will then begin to gradually shrink and "the population explosion, long dreaded, will be over."
Even if we accept these conservative estimates, the figures should cause us to gasp with alarm, not sit back with a sigh of complacency, as Wattenberg would have us do.
We know that we are contaminating or outright destroying our environment at an ever-increasing rate. These problems can be laid squarely at the feet of overpopulation. We, as the developed world, cannot hope to sustain our standard of living and help developing nations attain the same standard even if the world population remains at he current levels.