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Here's How to Deal With Overpopulation

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Anytime someone in an elite or powerful position starts saying the population is too high we should get worried. You can bet it isn't their friends and family that they are talking about overpopulating the Earth.

Of course, they are talking about people whom they consider peasants. Definitely me, and probably you too. We are the ones crowding this little planet, and we are the ones whose carbon footprint they say is a problem. Nevermind that the elites burn more carbon flying to their global warming conferences than I use in a year.

But these elites are just so amazingly unimaginative. Either that or they just don't want to find a solution to accommodate Earth's growing population.

Prince William and his wife Kate are just months away from adding a third child to their family. Yet "voluntary family limitation" was his best suggestion for tackling a growing population. He specifically mentioned the fact that Africa's population would double in the next 25 years.

You might expect a Prince to lack imagination on how to solve big problems. But shouldn't the famous "genius" Steven Hawking be better at it? His best suggestion is to colonize other planets, which seems like quite the undertaking. After all, he predicts armageddon within 100 years, which seems like space colonization is a race against the clock. He certainly cloaks his predictions in a healthy dose of apocalyptic doom.

I believe we have reached the point of no return. Our Earth is becoming too small for us, global population is increasing at an alarming rate and we are in danger of self-destructing.

Let's get one fact straight. The rate at which Earth's population is growing has slowed. Yes, the population itself is still increasing, but as the global standard of living rises, birth rates decrease.

Earth's population is no longer growing exponentially. Most indicators suggest that the population of Earth will level out around 11 billion people sometime around 2100.

And if everything else stayed the same, that would make some places quite crowded and unpleasant. I left Massachusetts in part because the population density is already too high. It was getting crowded and I like my space.

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