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PART 14: Sustainable growth is unsustainable

Richard Stengel, managing editor of Time Magazine, in October 2006 wrote an essay promoting America's population growth, "We need to continue growing but in smarter more sustainable ways." Warning; The man has a dog in the fight. Follow the money.

A picture of Stengel wearing a suit and tie along with a smile accompanied his essay "Tracking America's Journey." He looks intelligent, but his words betray his understanding of America's population dilemma. Stengel illustrates 20th century thinking in the harsh realities of the 21st century. In other words, he's clueless as to what he's talking about. However, he looks good, and works for a prominent corporation (Time, Inc.) so millions of people think he knows what he's promoting. He does not !

Albert Einstein warned,

"The problems in the world today are so enormous they cannot be solved with the same level of thinking that created them."

In his essay, Stengel illustrated our glorious past population growth and projected our adding 100 million people in three decades. He said, "Unlike Japan and Europe, the U.S. is still growing at a healthy clip." He neglected to state that millions of those uneducated immigrants flee from overpopulated countries that can't feed their populations. That phenomenon fuels our population growth, and steers our future.

Stengel seems not to understand that you can't maintain a 'healthy' and 'sustainable' growing population ad infinitum. The two stand diametrically opposed to one another. Stengel subscribes to antiquated 20th century thinking. He presents well, but he's totally out of touch with the consequences of what he promotes.

His kind of thinking drives California's current 37.5 million onward to 79 million in 40 years. Stengel's thinking adds 12 million people to Texas in 18 years.

Let's get down to brass tacks on the absurdity of unending growth and sustainability!

Dr. Albert Bartlett, physics professor at the University of Colorado, and brilliant demographic expert wrote, "Arithmetic, Population and Energy." You may obtain a copy of the video by calling 303-492-2670 or emailing Mr. Herb Rodriguez at Viewing that video would cause Time Editor Richard Stengel to write a different essay on America's future. Why? He could no longer romanticize. He couldn't write glowingly about the future with an added 100 million people. He couldn't obfuscate the facts we face as civilization headed for an unsustainable future. Dr. Bartlett writes:


First, we must accept the idea that "sustainable" has to mean "for an unspecified long period of time." Yes, far into the future.

Second, we must acknowledge the mathematical fact that steady growth gives very large numbers in modest periods of time. For example, a population of 10,000 people growing at 7 percent per year will become a population of 10,000,000 people in just 100 years. Please, stop and think about that; TEN MILLION for every TEN THOUSAND.

From these two statements we can see that the term "sustainable growth" implies "increasing endlessly," which means that the growing quantity will tend to become infinite in size. The finite size of resources, ecosystems, the environment, and the Earth, lead one to the most fundamental truth of sustainability:

When applied to material things, the term

"sustainable growth" is an oxymoron.


The terms "sustainable" and "sustainability" burst into the global lexicon in the 1980s as the electronic news media made people increasingly aware of the growing global problems of overpopulation, drought, famine, and environmental degradation that had been the subject of "Limits to Growth" in the early 1970s.

A great increase of awareness came with the publication of the report of the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development, the Brundtland Report, which is available in bookstores under the title "Our Common Future."

In graphic and heart-wrenching detail, the report places before the reader the enormous problems and suffering that are being experienced with growing intensity every day throughout the underdeveloped world. In the foreword, before there was any definition of "sustainable," there was the ringing call:

"What is needed now is a new era of economic growth - growth that is forceful and at the same time socially and environmentally sustainable."

One should be struck by the fact that here is a call for "economic growth" that is "sustainable." One has to ask if it is possible to have an increase in economic activity without having increases in the rates of consumption of nonrenewable resources. If so, under what conditions can this happen? Are we moving toward those conditions today? What is meant by the undefined terms, "socially sustainable" and "environmentally sustainable?" Can we have one without the other?

As we have seen, these two concepts of "growth" and "sustainability" are in conflict with one another, yet here we see the call for both. The use of the word "forceful" would seem to imply "rapid," but if this is the intended meaning, it would just heighten the conflict.

Thus sustainable development can only be pursued if population size and growth are in harmony with the changing productive potential of the ecosystem.

One begins to feel uneasy.

"Population size and growth" are vaguely identified as possible problem areas, but we don't know what the Commission means by the phrase "in harmony with...?" It can mean anything. By page 11 the Commission acknowledges that population growth is a serious problem, but then:

The issue is not just numbers of people, but how those numbers relate to available resources. Urgent steps are needed to limit extreme rates of population growth.

Once you read his report, or watch Dr. Bartlett's presentation, you will be more in touch with reality than Time's Editor Richard Stengel. There's no way we need to or can add 100 million people to the United States by 2040, which is 34 years from now.

I've seen Dr. Bartlett give his presentation personally. There's no dancing around his facts, figures and harsh reality check. In my world travels, I've witnessed population growth's worst outcomes. America already walks on the thin ice edge of our own demise… with 300 million people already. We either stabilize our U.S. population, or we become victims of our own numbers.

We cannot sustain unlimited growth.

We cannot break the laws of nature as to "carrying capacity." We cannot add 40 million more people to California and think we can provide water to drink, for crops, for animals, habitat for all other life and room to live a decent life. We cannot be THAT stupid, but, as of this writing, and in concert with Time Editor Richard Stengel, we are!

What to do ?

n We must enact a 10 year moratorium on all immigration.

n We must create a National Population Policy, and a U S National Immigration Strategic Plan. We also need a U S Immigration CEO, at the Cabinet level. As it is now, we have competing fiefdoms (State, Labor, Commerce, DHS, etc) and chaos, by design.

n We must author and adhere to a directly-related set of Tactical Plans, on a year-by-year basis.

n We MUST stop the last-minute importation of skilled knowledge-workers from other nations, and get busy implementing a process to jump-start our universities to "grow our own."

n In a directly-related full-steam-ahead effort, we MUST develop a National Labor Force Plan (like the CCC of days past), to instill and implement a gigantic, home-grown manual-labor force that serves a National need (corporate and governmental) AND trains young folks that have no desire to attend colleges and universities.

n We MUST implement more accurate methods to count (population segments, to specifically include "undocumented immigrants") what is actually happening each year, NOT every ten years.

n The human race can't keep burning 80 million barrels of oil daily and maintain arrogance that "all is well." We must develop alternative energy at breakneck speed. We must educate ourselves faster than we procreate ourselves.

In closing, I ask that you slow down for a moment, and totally absorb the words of these two brilliant experts --

"Unbeknownst to many Americans, there is overwhelming consensus among scientists that we are very close to reaching a point of no turning back on global warming, which is caused by the burning of fossil fuels. We are approaching a point at which all of the following will become unavoidable: massive desertification, rising sea level, explosive growth of insect populations, widespread habitat destruction, mass extinctions, mass migrations (including of humans), the disappearance of sea life, and in all likelihood wars over drinking water that will make the wars over oil look civilized."

-- David Swanson

"Exponential growth is adding one billion people to our planet every 12 years.

Because the growth-rate is exponential, the period diminishes rapidly; 12 years, then 11 years, then 9 years, then 7 years, etc as each billion is added. Ninety percent of this growth stems from the developing world; third-world nations. The consequences are grave. Environmental destruction escalates as more people compete for water, land, clean air, food, fuel and amenities. Civil conflicts and ethnic wars roil societies as Balkanized people attempt to gain advantage through resource grabs at the expense of neighbors, more-and-more through violence. Millions of the dispossessed are forced to migrate— straining the infrastructure and good will of richer nations. Take a moment and observe what is happening NOW in Africa."

-- William B. Dickinson author of the "The Biocentric Imperative"


What you can do for a better future for your country:

The United States is a fragile Republic. A republican form of government is not a spectator sport. It means you must roll up you sleeves, jump in, take personal and collective action. Of course, you could let a dictator take over and do everything for you, but that path would give you Cuba, China, North Korea and other unsavory examples.

To stop Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid from giving an amnesty, take action.

Call Nancy Pelosi: Washington, DC - (202) 225-4965

San Francisco, CA - (415) 556-4862 ; Email Nancy Pelosi ; Email form for Nancy Pelosi

Senator Harry Reid: 202 224 3121 in Washington DC

775 686 5750 in Reno, NV ;

George Bush

1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

Washington, DC 20500

Comments: 202-456-1111

Switchboard for live listener: 202 456 1414

Fax: 202-456-2461

We must 'sour the milk.' Bring out your points in the call:

America cannot support another 100 million people added to our country in 34 years, i.e., water crisis, resource depletion, air pollution, gridlock, loss of quality of life, etc.

America cannot support lawbreakers being given citizenship.

America must maintain our English language.

America wants only legal immigrants who play by the rules and speak English.

America's working poor deserve a chance at jobs taken by illegals.

America already has too many people and I support a 10 year moratorium on all immigration.

Americans must maintain our schools for our children.

We can no longer tolerate 350,000 birthright citizens (anchor babies) annually that subtract from our own citizens.

Attrition through enforcement by stopping their ability to wire money home, obtain rental housing and jobs.

An amnesty failed in 1986, and it will only be worse today. We're being displaced out of our jobs and out of our own country. Call with relentless and never-give-up passion.

To bring yourself up speed as to our danger: "In Mortal Danger" by Tom Tancredo; "State of Emergency" by Patrick Buchanan; "Alien Nation" by Peter Brimelow

Americans call for a 10 year moratorium on all immigration. We must get our house in order. We must care for our citizens, our culture, our language, our civilization.

To report employer who hire illegal aliens in all 50 states: 1 866 347 2523.

To reduce illegal aliens in your community, you may follow the course of action by Mayor Louis Barletta of Hazelton, PA. He offers a bomb proof ordinance that takes business licenses away from those who hire illegals. He legally halts landlords from renting to illegals. Without work and without housing, illegals cannot stay in your community. Check out his website for instructions:

Visit D.A. King at the to see how Georgia created the best laws to stop illegals at the state level.

Please check out William Gheen at He's a mover and shaker. He will direct you to specific actions that make you more powerful and effective.

To stop this invasion locally and nationally: join for free and you can join and

Wooldridge presents a 45 minute program to colleges, high schools, civic clubs, church groups and political clubs across America titled: "COMING POPULATION CRISIS IN AMERICA: WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT." Go to his website for further information on booking the program.

Check out for an exciting method for creating overpopulation awareness in Third World countries. Their prime directive works with the media in order to educate and activate leaders and women worldwide.

Whether we like it or not, global warming is upon us. We can take action to correct it. Please join for up to the minute information and action items.

Awareness Campaign web site,, which is purely to help save and protect human health and environmental health globally. Diana Buckland is founder and global coordinator at or Diana makes impact all over the world by alerting everyone about chemical sensitivities caused by poisons sprayed, injected and applied to our crops and elsewhere.

From Part 5 of this series, "Destroying our oceans", if you would like to become involved please refer to for a first rate lesson on how to take action in order to cleanse our oceans, restock our fish population, move toward recycling and cleanup of our world's most important living resource. Watch shows on PBS that expose where we threw two million tires into the waters off the East Coast and all the damage those tires are doing to marine life. You'll find out what you can do to have them raised from the deep. Additionally, check out for actions at the national and international levels.

You're invited: I am writing in request to invite you to participate at our March for America National Rally. March for America National Rally will be held June 14th, 15th and 16th 2007,over Flag Day weekend. Key location will be at our Nations capital in Washington D.C., as well as State Capitals nationwide. This event is part of a truly grassroots nationwide movement of the American people known as Let Freedom Ring America. Sincerely, Melissa Gardner,

March for America co chair 916-339-3167

To make visual impact: Additionally, we have 300 remaining Paul Revere Ride T-shirts left that feature: "Stop Illegal Immigration" on the front and the very cool "21st Century Paul Revere Ride" logo on the back with web sites. State your size.

$15.00 per shirt includes shipping. You are invited to support the PRR. Send donations to: 21st Century Paul Revere Ride at POB 207, Louisville, CO 80027. ; ; ; ; at 1 866 329 3999; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; My book: "IMMIGRATION'S UNARMED INVASION: DEADLY CONSEQUENCES" Call: 1 888 280 7715. – ;; ; for motorcyclists: and ; ; On April 1, 2007, the Paul Revere Riders will again ride to stop the illegal invasion and accompany Arizona long haul truckers and motorcyclists in a freedom border ride to block illegal aliens from crossing our borders. We invite all veterans, truckers and bikers to join us. Contact Rusty Childress at and for further information. Please write with your ideas on what to name the ride.

Frosty Wooldridge possesses a unique view of the world, cultures and families in that he has bicycled around the globe 100,000 miles, on six continents and six times across the United States in the past 30 years. He presents a program to colleges, conferences, high schools and civic clubs around the country: "THE COMING POPULATION CRISIS IN AMERICA: WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT". His published books include: "HANDBOOK FOR TOURING BICYCLISTS" ; "STRIKE THREE! TAKE YOUR BASE" ; "IMMIGRATION'S UNARMED INVASION: DEADLY CONSEQUENCES" ; "MOTORCYCLE ADVENTURE TO ALASKA: INTO THE WIND—A TEEN NOVEL" ; "BICYCLING AROUND THE WORLD: TIRE TRACKS FOR YOUR IMAGINATION" ; "AN EXTREME ENCOUNTER: ANTARCTICA". His next book: "TILTING THE STATUE OF LIBERTY INTO A SWAMP". He lives in Denver, Colorado.


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