With regard to the shaded area in the upper right of your chart, (forces resisting change) last night (Monday, Sept. 21) on CNN - Lou Dobbs there was a "teachable moment"!
I have provided the link to the show transcripts. This segment is at the end of the show. http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/ ... dt.01.html
INTRO TO ITEM:
DOBBS: "We have more tonight on a story that we first brought to you last month. There is new evidence of the negative impact of overpopulation on our environment. The biggest threat to the environment isn't, it turns out, gas-guzzling cars or power plants but rather having too many children all around the world. Casey Wian with our report."
It was "classic" - and not in a good way! The "message" boiled down to just 2 items.
As per the introductory comments:
1) - Gas-guzzling cars and power plants are NOT the problem (by extension one could read in the US "standard of living")
And in the report:
2) The unmentioned - for reasons of political correctness - overpopulation problem in the developing world.
CNN, of course, present this 120-second report as the FINAL authority on the question. No mention that in environmental circles that population is one component of the E=MC2 equation of environmentalism - Pop. X Footprint = Impact. Nor, of course, the well documented understanding that hectoring countries on population is futile. In the reading that I have done, in particular William Easterly's books on development, the KEY to population control is the education and empowerment of women. That is the message sent between nations and environmental NGO's.
There is an enormous amount of "positioning" media going on with, I believe, the intention of defanging President Obama as he heads to the December conference in Copenhagen. The more effective these so-called "reports" are, the more his Representatives and Senators are going to be bending Obama's ear saying that they are hearing from the hinterlands that the US had better not give any ground in Copenhagen because the problem is not in the US.
Like I say, a teachable moment!!