The United States adds 8,490 people, net gain, every day of the year. That equals 3.1 million annually. That equates to 100 million added by 2035 at current immigration-driven growth rates.
Ironically, since 1970, American females enjoyed an average birth rate of 2.03 children. The great “Zero Population Growth” message of the 60s made an impact, but, to counter it with more people, in 1965,Congress passed a sweeping mass immigration bill that remains in force today. That bill added 100 million people to the USA within 40 years. And, true to form, 100,000 immigrants land on American soil every 30 days without pause, 12 months a year, year in and year out, decade in and decade out.
While we grapple with accelerating environmental, bloated cities and quality of life issues, not to mention water and energy-we continue adding more and more millions of people without a clue or a plan as to what to do when we max out and exceed our carrying capacity. In fact, we already exceed it beyond anyone’s comprehension as you will discover in this series.
At the University of Colorado, Dr. Albert Bartlett said, “Can you think of any problem, on any scale, from microscopic to global, whose long-term solution is in any demonstrable way, aided, assisted, or advanced, by having continued population growth-at the local level, the state level, the national level, or globally?”
Doesn’t anyone find it astounding if not exasperating that America’s political leaders, environmental groups, academics, scientists and citizens fail to address hyper-population growth within this country?
How about the fact that top newspapers like the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Atlanta Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Dallas Morning News as well as Time, Newsweek, Forbes and U.S. News and World Report-won’t print a single article on America’s most daunting and accelerating issue: overpopulation.
One reader said, “I know! It stuns me that the “human numbers” issue is so OFF everyone’s radar! And yes, I feel fortunate I got my turn here on earth before the impact of all this is fully felt.”
Frighteningly, a Forbes Magazine writer, Joel Kotkin, wrote a book ‘celebrating’ the addition of 100 million people. National Public Radio’s Jennifer Ludden wrote a glowing review for the book. A radio talk show host, Michael Medved, interviewed Kotkin with glowing praise for his seminal work. Most scientists would say that Kotkin, Ludden and Medved need to have their heads examined for lack of common sense, rational thought and ability to work simple math. Fact: exponential growth cannot be sustained!
Instead of dealing with our population dilemma, our media feeds off the death of Michael Jackson for three months. They rode the Tiger Woods “Infidelity horse” to its knees. They will find another ‘national trauma’ to entertain us ad nauseam.
CITIES BEYOND REASON AND GROWTH BEYOND UNDERSTANDING
What aspects of big cities that makes anyone’s blood run cold? Crime, rape, gangs, graffiti, traffic, toxic air and just about everyone lives in a state of tension-for starters! The bigger the city, the more aberrant behavior on a larger scale.
The late environmentalist John Muir said, “Tell me what you will of the benefactions of city civilization, of the sweet security of streets-all as part of the natural up-growth of man towards the high destiny we hear so much of. I know that our bodies were made to thrive only in pure air, and the scenes in which pure air is found. If the death exhalations that brood the board towns in which we so fondly compact ourselves were made visible, we should flee as from a plague. All are more or less sick; there is not a perfectly sane man in all of San Francisco.”
New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg said two years ago that New Yorkers need to prepare for an additional two million residents – as if another two million people added to its already gross 8.5 million “human ants crammed into its concrete jungles” would make New York an even more delightful place to live!
All the while, monumental environmental predicaments face every city in America. At the 2009 Copenhagen Conference on climate change, the brilliant author of, Peak Everything: facing a century of declines, Richard Heinberg said, “…the discussions in Denmark took place in a conceptual fantasy world in which climate change is the only global crisis that matters much; in which rapid economic growth is still an option; in which fossil fuels are practically limitless; in which a western middle class staring at the prospect of penury can be persuaded voluntarily to transfer a significant portion of its rapidly evaporating wealth to other nations; and in which the subject of human overpopulation can barely be mentioned… it’s no wonder more wasn’t achieved in Copenhagen.”
From our swollen eastern seaboard, let’s travel 3,000 miles across America’s heartland to the former land of milk and honey: California. That state, at 38 million people and bursting at its demographic seams with water shortages, energy problems, toxic air and eternal gridlocked traffic-adds an extra 1,700 people daily! With that, California adds another 400 vehicles to its already clogged roads each day. It destroys over 250,000 acres of land turned into real estate annually. California adds 600,000 more people annually on its way to adding 20 million more within three decades. Can you fathom what their children will face in a blink of time? For more information on how crazy California grows, visit www.capsweb.org with Dr. Diana Hull.
This relentless growth paradigm extends beyond anyone’s understanding.
In my world bicycle travels, having seen it up close and ugly, I must claw my positive attitude back from the abyss of depression daily. Why? If we allow this “Human Katrina” to manifest, no one will escape and all will ‘deal’ with their degraded conditions.
If any of us, no matter what our race, creed or color might be, refuse to engage our U.S. Congress as we have not for 30 years as to the immigration equation-our children will find themselves living in a terribly degraded America where the American Dream will be described by the history books as a ‘fleeting fantasy’ from the era of 1950 to 2010. These are several of the top organizations where you can take collective action to change the course of American history. Take collective action at www.numbersusa.com ; www.fairus.org ; www.capsweb.org ; www.thesocialcontract.com ; www.populationmedia.org ; www.worldpopulationbalance.org ; www.populationconnection.org ; and dozens of other sites accessed at www.frostywooldridge.com.
Must see DVD: “Blind Spot“, This movie illustrates America’s future without oil, water and other resources to keep this civilization functioning. It’s a brilliant educational movie! www.blindspotdoc.com
Must see: Rapid Population Decline, seven minute video by Dr. Jack Alpert
Frosty Wooldridge has bicycled across six continents – from the Arctic to the South Pole – as well as six times across the USA, coast to coast and border to border. In 2005, he bicycled from the Arctic Circle, Norway to Athens, Greece. He presents “The Coming Population Crisis in America: and what you can do about it” to civic clubs, church groups, high schools and colleges. He works to bring about sensible world population balance at www.frostywooldridge.com He is the author of: America on the Brink: The Next Added 100 Million Americans. Copies available: 1 888 280 7715