It scares the heck out of me to think that millions of people may be falling for the propoganda on the show Captain Planet. That show is just an excuse for Ted Turner to try to teach the bogus ideas of the socialist, left wing environmental wackos such as Paul Ehrlich, Rachel Carson, and The Club of Rome. According to what's told on the show, the environment keeps getting worse, the air and water keep getting more polluted, pesticides are killing us, the world is overpopulated, the trees are all being cut down, there's no simple solution to save endangered species, there's not enough fresh water in the world, and we are running out of oil and other natural resources. All of those things are wrong. Anyone who actually looks at the empirical evidence will realize that all of those things are lies. In particular, for those who want to learn the real truth, I would recommend the two following books: "The Ultimate Resoure 2" by Julian Simon "Earth Report 2000" by Ronald Bailey The truth is that in countries that have modern, industrialized, high tech capitalist economies, the environment keeps getting cleaner and cleaner. Technological advancements are giving us more and more access to cleaner air, cleaner water, cleaner soil, etc. Between 1945 and 1970, DDT saved 500,000,000 people from dying of malaria. Today, the world has more people than ever before. And today, the average person in the world has more calories of food, more square footage of housing, more clothing, better access to medical care, better access to education, more material possessions, and a longer life expectancy, than ever before. The hunger and poverty that exists in third world countries isn't caused by "overpopulation" or a lack of natural resources. For example, most countries in Africa have relatively low populaiton densities. And if you look in any geology textbook, you will see that Africia is very rich in many valuable natural resources. So why is Africa so poor? It's poor because most of the countries in Africa are ruled by totalitarian governments that don't respect individual liberty, private property rights, or capitalism. Hong Kong and Singapore both have very high population densities. But they aren't poor. Their free market capitalist economies have made them rich. Adjusted for inflation, the prices of oil, copper, gold, aluminum, magnesium, iron, etc,. are all lower now than ever before. This means that these things have become more abundant. Today, the known reserves of oil are bigger than ever before. The only reason that we have shortages of water is because of price controls. Government keeps the price of water too low. If we allowed the price to rise, then two things would happen. #1 People would stop wasting water. #2 The people who provide water would have more incentive to spend money on technologies to help provide more water, such as desalinization. Overfisihing is a serious problem. However, overfishing only happens in public bodies of water. On private fish farms, overfishing never happens. During colonial days in America, the buffalo, which was publicly owned, was nearly hunted to extinction. Today, Americans eat millions of cows every year, but since the cows are privately owned and privately farmed, they are not endangered. We always hear about how the elephant is endangered. But what most people don't know is that in the areas of the world where private ownership and private farming of elephants is legal, the elephant population has been getting bigger and bigger. It we want to save the elephant form extinction, the best thing that we could do would be to legalize the ivory trade, and make it legal for private companies to own, raise, and farm elephants. Overlogging only happens on government owned timberlands. On privately owned timberlands, the owner of the land is concerned about the resale value of the land, so he always replants new trees. The world will never run out of oil. The only reason that we use oil now is because it's currenlty the cheapest source of fuel. If oil ever becomes scarce, then its price will rise, and people will switch to a cheaper substitute. Long before the oil ever runs out, people will have stopped using is becuase it will no longer be economical to use it. According to the E.P.A., the air and water are cleaner now than they were 30 years ago. I really hope that people don't fall for Ted Turner's propoganda on Captain Planet. The empirical evidence in those two books that I mentioned proves that the information given on Captain Planet is wrong.