1. The environment has to be balanced against the economy.
2. Technology will solve our problems.
3. There really isn't a world food problem; there is already enough food; we only need to solve the transportation problem to be able to distribute food to the places that need it.
4. The world's food problem is already being solved by the green revolution with its new high-yield varieties of rice and other crops, or else it will be solved by genetically modified crops or bovine growth hormone.
5. If we exhaust one resource, we can always switch to some other resource meeting the same need.
6. As measured by common sense indicators such as human lifespan, health, and wealth (in economists' terms, per-capita gross national product), conditions have been getting better for many decades.
7. Just look around you: the grass is still green, there is plenty of food in the supermarkets, clean water still flows from the taps, and there is absolutely no sign of imminent collapse.
8. Look at how many times in the past the gloom-and-doom predictions of fear mongering environmentalists and Malthusians have proved to be wrong. Why should we believe them this time?
9. The world can accommodate human population growth indefinitely.
10. The more people, the better, because more people mean more inventions and ultimately more wealth.
11. Environmental concerns are a luxury affordable just by affluent First World yuppies who have no business telling desperate Third World citizens and illegal aliens what they should be doing.
12. If environmental problems become desperate, it will some time far off in the future after I die, and I can't take them seriously.
13. There is a big difference between modern societies and those that collapsed or failed in the past, so we can't straightforwardly apply the lessons of history.
14. What can I, as an individual, do when the world is really being shaped by unstoppable powerful juggernauts of governments and businesses.
"Collapse" by Pulitzer Prize Winner Dr. Jared Diamond