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Written by Subject: Environment

Part 30: How and why journalists avoid population connection

By Frosty Wooldridge

Why do you suppose most Americans remain apathetic to our adding 100 million people to our country in 33 years?  Is anyone in favor of more gridlock, cramming, jamming and congestion in our cities? Who stands in favor of more air pollution created by that extra 100 million?  Who in their right mind supports water shortages, climate change, accelerated gridlock and worse ramifications caused by more people?  Surprise!  More than a few readers of this series refute the harsh realities presented.

Four years ago, I personally called U.S. Congressman Chris Cannon, (R-UT).  He said, “ America can easily hold one billion people.”

I nearly fell out of my chair.  It’s almost beyond my understanding that anyone can be that stupid.

How do Americans live in denial?  For the life of me, I don’t understand.

The imminent writer T. Michael Maher said, “Recent surveys show that Americans are less concerned about population than they were 25 years ago, and they aren’t connecting environmental degradation to population growth.

“Using a random sample of 150 stories about urban sprawl, endangered species and water shortages, Part I of this study shows that only about one story in 10 framed population growth as a source of the problem. Further, only one story in the entire sample mentioned population stability among the realm of possible solutions. Part II presents the results of interviews with 25 journalists whose stories on local environmental problems omitted the causal role of population growth. It shows that journalists are aware of the controversial nature of the population issue, and prefer to avoid it if possible.”

Maher continued, “In 1992 the National Academy of Sciences and the British Royal Society issued a joint statement urging world leaders to brake population growth before it is too late. That same year, 1,600 scientists (including 99 Nobel laureates) issued a statement warning all humanity that it must soon stabilize population and halt environmental destruction.  That same year, world leaders ignored population growth at the largest environmental summit in history, the U.N. Conference on Environment and Development, held in Rio de Janeiro.

“Why are the American public and political leaders so indifferent about this issue that so concerns the world’s leading scientists and environmentalists? Not because Americans are anti-environment: Another recent Gallup Poll (Hueber, 1991), showed that 78 percent of Americans considered themselves environmentalists and 71 percent favored strong environmental protection, even at the expense of economic growth.  How can Americans express strong concern about the environment, yet a diminishing concern about population growth, which many environmental experts consider the ultimate environmental problem?”

I see a disconnect from reality based on our history of unlimited resources, land, water and air.  We continue with the myth of limitless expansion.   If we ignore it, like a child that places his/her hands over its eyes, the bad thing will vanish.  If we ignore the ‘monster’ called too many people, since it’s not killing us today, it can be ignored.

Maher explained, “Population researchers Paul and Anne Ehrlich opened their book, “The Population Explosion,” with a chapter titled, "Why Isn't Everyone as Scared as We Are?" They acknowledged, "The average person, even the average scientist, seldom makes the connection between environmental problems and the population problem, and thus remains unworried.”  But while they noted that the evening news almost never connects population growth to environmental problems, the Ehrlichs chiefly blamed social taboos fostered by the Catholic Church and "a colossal failure of education" for public indifference about population.”

How Experts Frame Environmental Causality

Maher reported, “With specific reference to habitat loss, Sears (1956), Jackson (1981), Myers (1991), Ehrlich and Ehrlich (1990), Harrison (1992) and many others have shown that population growth pushes people into relatively pristine, natural environments. Endangered species problems are frequently the flip side of this coin: when people convert wildlife habitat to their own habitat, they bulldoze trees, introduce chemicals, divert streams, build dams, alter the water table, and disrupt habitat in numerous other ways.

“While it is well known that environmental experts connect environmental degradation to population growth, it is less well known that land developers are equally straightforward in implicating population growth as a causal agent for turning wildlife habitat and farmland into subdivisions.”

Maher said, “The search produced 1,349 water shortage stories, 1,942 urban sprawl stories, and 6,001 endangered species stories.  To be considered for coding, the story had to describe a population-driven environmental conflict.

“Of the 150-article sample, 16 (less than 11%) mentioned population growth as a cause of the environmental problem described in the story. Population growth appeared in eight urban sprawl stories, seven water shortage stories, and one story on endangered species.

“Although many scientific groups, environmental scientists and even land development experts agree that population growth is a basic cause of environmental change, media framing diverges widely from expert framing. Just over 10% of a Lexis-Nexis sample of environmental news stories links human population growth to the environmental problems it affects. Even more significantly, only one story in a sample of 150 presents the view that limiting population growth might be a solution to environmental problems. Such stories effectively tell the reader: population growth affects environmental degradation, but population stability is too outlandish even to be mentioned as a policy option.”

Ignoring that a stable population might be a long-term solution to environmental problems, news stories instead direct the public's attention to palliative solutions: build new dams to supply water, zone to prevent urban sprawl, set aside land for endangered species. In my state of Colorado, the governor built more dams, created more light rail and built more lanes on I-25.  His actions caused more growth that will ‘hit the wall’ once another six million people add themselves to Colorado

“In thousands of communities across America, population growth wreaks changes: a mobile home park displaces an orchard, a farmer loses his water rights to a city hundreds of miles away, an endangered reptile’s last known habitat is threatened by a subdivision,” Maher said. “These and countless other population-influenced disruptions reduce wildlife habitat, rural solitude, water availability, and many other environmental qualities. But this study shows that only one news story in 10 connects these events to population growth.”

In plain English, those writers entrusted with informing the American public, pass the buck.  In the meantime, your U.S. Senate proceeds to not only continue massive illegal and legal immigration, the new S.B. 9 doubles the current 1 million legal immigrants annually to 2 million!  No one understands the horrendous consequences, but I do and you do. It won’t be pretty when this “Human Katrina” of 100 million more Americans hits a mere 33 years from now.


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


YOU can make a difference, really!

The United States is a fragile Republic.  A republican form of government is not a spectator sport.  It means you must jump in, roll up you sleeves and take personal and collective action. Of course, there are other options; 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.

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


For readers of this column, I present you with an opportunity:  If you appreciate the gravity of what this nation faces by adding 100 million people in 33 years, please write me with ideas and/or producers on television who might interview me.  I need phone numbers, emails and addresses of TV/radio and newsprint leaders across the country.  I will speak on behalf of all Americans and expose to the general public what this nation faces if we continue on this overpopulation path. Write me at with your ideas.

To stop Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid from giving a blanket amnesty to 30 million law-breakers, we MUST take action.  Call for a full 10 year moratorium on ALL immigration.   We need time to secure our borders (build attractive, tall-humane physical fences, PLUS virtual fences) and to get our house in order.  THIS IS URGENT ! During the most recent 12-month period, we were joined by nearly 2 million legal immigrants PLUS more than 3 to as many as 6 million illegal aliens.  The “official” numbers are grossly, intentionally understated by the Department of Commerce (Census Bureau)… to fool you.

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If you are out of her district, you can still make your feelings heard:

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:

1.      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.

2.      America cannot support lawbreakers being given citizenship.

3.      America must maintain our English language as primary, period.

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

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

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

7.      Americans must maintain our high-quality public schools for our children.

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

9.      Voluntary repatriation is a great thing; Attrition through enforcement by stopping their ability to wire money home, obtain rental housing and jobs will encourage early departure.

10.   An amnesty failed in 1986 (gave more than 3 million carte Blanc citizenship), and it will only be worse today (as proposed, SB-2611 will give citizenship to 30 million).  We're being displaced out of our jobs and out of our own country.  

Call your elected leaders with relentless and never-give-up passion.

Join and become a weekly faxer of prewritten letters to your reps.  Very powerful and effective.  Join for up to date action notices.  Join for everything you need to know about illegal immigration. Join to report employers.  For top info on population measures, go to

Help change our energy future by visiting for information on how to make a difference as to energy for the future.  Very interesting.

To stop illegal aliens in your community, you may follow the course of action taken 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 web site for instructions:

Visit D.A. King at the to see how Georgia created the most effective 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 impactful.

Frosty 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

Would you like to support the PRR?  Send donations to: 21st Century Paul Revere Ride at POB 207, Louisville, CO 80027.;

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.  PRR, POB 207, Louisville, CO  80027

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Frosty Wooldridge lives in Denver, Colorado