Holy crap. I'm having an Atlas Shrugged moment:
"The importance of industry to a civilization has been grossly overemphasized," said Dr. Ferris dreamily. "What is now known as the People's State of India has existed for centuries without any industrial development whatever."
"People could do with fewer material gadgets and a sterner discipline of privations," said Eugene Lawson eagerly. "It would be good for them."
...She saw what they wanted and to what goal their "instincts", which they called unaccountable, were leading them. She saw that Eugene Lawson, the humanitarian, took pleasure at the prospect of human starvation--and Dr. Ferris, the scientist, was dreaming of the day when men would return to the hand-plow.
So it wasn't just me?. Thanks for the quotes- I had the same experience while reading this tripe. It does make you wonder, though: maybe this creep just wants an excuse for not having to take a shower once in a while. These enviro-weenies all appear to avoid work, responsibility, and soap at all costs.