Examples like this natural gas production breakthrough abound. Given the power of billions of human brains to create resources, why do we permit doomsayers with the mindset of Thomas Malthus to gull us into limiting human progress, especially progress for the least fortunate? Too many refuse to learn; the free markets that encourage and reward human discovery are frustrated by elites who "know better," dictators unwilling to cede liberty, and/or manipulators like Maurice Strong.
A short, apt example appears in the paper found at the PDF below. This writer has the archetypical conceit underlying the sustainability creed: we know what's best, we know what's possible, human progress stops with us, and – the pseudoaltruistic punchline – we must not "[compromise] the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."
One wishes these advocates had a similar commitment to protecting future generations against fiscal practices leaving their countries with insuperable debt! They don't because most are statists. In fact, the paper under discussion mentions favorably as a reference the so-called Brundtland Report, the 1987 product of a U.N. committee chaired by Norwegian Labor Party leader Gro Harlem Brundtland, once vice president of the Socialist International.
The Brundtland Report laid the groundwork for Agenda 21.