this is not your beautiful die-off
I would like my readers to take part in an informal poll on what the population of the earth will end up at in the near term. This is not specifically a peak oil question, I am just curious. Just vote in the comments section. And add any comments to describe your thinking, and whether you think this is a good or a bad thing.
You can vote as many times as you like. It won't affect a thing. Votes for a lower population than we presently have will not be construed by the management of this blog as being a vote for genocide.
Timescale, next 200 years.
a) The population of Earth will grow exponentially.
b) Population will top out between 9 and 20 billion.
c) Population will top out between 6 and 9 billion.
d) Population will fall to between 3 and 6 billion.
e) Population will fall to between 500 million and 3 billion
f) Population less than 500 million.
Thanks for all the votes; feel free to keep going. Some time next week I have some thoughts I'll wrap up. In general, most people I talk to are pessimistic even if they are completely seperated from the concept of peak oil or overshoot. Kind of a gut thing.