How can an entire civilization, with instant mass communication, cram its head into the sand in order to avoid the obvious? How can leaders at every level maintain abject denial? How do individual citizens slink by the ‘apparent’?
Dr. Anthrop, Professor of Environmental Studies, San Jose State University, and consultant for www.capsweb.org in California wrote a stunningly sobering report in the Spring 2007 issue of The Contract Quarterly, www.thesocialcontract.com , page 158: “Immigration and Energy: Some Inconvenient Truths.”
What big dilemma faces California? After having reached many environmental goals as to per capita energy use, Anthrop said, “…adding 602,000 people on their way to growing from 37 million to 57 million, negates all progress that has been made so far.”
Note that California adds 1,650 people, net gain, every 24 hours! They add 400 cars 24/7!
“Environmentalists would like Americans to believe that SUVs and pickup trucks are responsible for America’s growing oil consumption and that the increase in greenhouse gas emissions could be halted if only the U.S. switched from fossil fuels to ‘renewable’ energy,” Dr. Anthrop said. “…and, if Congress raised the fuel economy standards for motor vehicles.”
Knock, knock! Is anybody home?
“The reality is rather different,” Anthrop said. “In the first place, both energy consumption and gasoline consumption in the U.S. are being driven almost entirely by population growth. U.S. per capita energy consumption in 2005 has changed little from 1974. The 35 percent increase in energy consumption during this time period was due almost entirely to the 83 million people added to the U.S. population.”
America housed 194 million people in 1963, but added 106 million in just 43 years by October 2006. Since the US female averaged 2.03 births since 1970, what caused our terrific population growth?
Immigration, immigration, I-M-M-I-G-R-A-T-I-O-N! What will add another 100 million people in the next 36 years by 2035?
Tut, tut, tut! You guessed it: immigration!
Anybody in the United States possess any idea of how we might deal with our impending energy shortfalls? How about accelerating air pollution? Perhaps you have a solution for saving 2,500 species of plants and animals that will suffer extinction in the coming decade in the lower 48 states because of habitat encroachment from the loss of millions of acres of habitat? Who will bravely discuss our increasingly contaminated rivers from farm chemical run-off? What about cities exploding beyond carrying capacity called ‘overshoot’? How about our looming water shortages? “It is worth noting that 14 percent of the U.S. corn crop is irrigated and consumes 18 million acre-feet of water annually—most of which is over-drafted from the Ogallala aquifer in the Great Plains. To put this into perspective, the average annual flow of the Colorado River is only 14 MAF,” Anthrop said.
As Obama, who voted for the 2007 amnesty, pushes for another amnesty, we may expect a population increase of 62 million by 2026.
“If per capita gasoline consumption remains constant,” Anthrop said, “this population growth will increase gasoline consumption by 695 million barrels per year. If corn ethanol were to supply the 62 million people added to the U.S., corn acreage would have to be increased by 117 million acres—which equals 25 percent of all U.S. cropland. Growing a crop that results in soil erosion nine-fold just to support immigration of more people into the U.S. hardly qualifies for a sustainable policy.”
Unfortunately, in fact, catastrophically, if we add the predicted 100 million by 2035, green house carbon dioxide emissions will increase 21 to 30 percent. All of it will amplify acid rain!
Ironically, “Many of the same members of the U.S. Senate who complained about global warming and America’s addition to oil also supported S.2611 to bring in more immigrants as well as give amnesty to the estimated 20 million already in the U.S.,” Anthrop said.
Does anyone see a disconnect here? Am I one of the few Americans that sees our civilization on a collision course with itself? Wouldn’t you think that Senator John McCain might see it? How about Senator Mel Martinez, Kennedy, Burris, Webb, Durbin, Specter, Byrd or the rest of those 100 of this country’s alleged finest men and women in the U.S. Senate? Are they all brain dead? Do you see one national leader mentioning what we face let alone dealing with it?
Guess what? Not one! Not the president, not the Senate, not the House, not one governor, not one mayor of any major city.
I shake my head in consummate exasperation at the stupidity of our civilization. Let’s just run this puppy right over a cliff. Let’s watch our children dangle at the end of a rope in the future. All because we refused to speak up about the obvious!
"The cheap oil age created an artificial bubble of plentitude for a period not much longer than a human lifetime....so I hazard to assert that as oil ceases to be cheap and the world reserves move toward depletion, we will be left with an enormous population...that the ecology of the earth will not support. The journey back toward non-oil population homeostasis will not be pretty. We will discover the hard way that population hyper growth was simply a side-effect of the oil age. It was a condition, not a problem with a solution. That is what happened and we are stuck with it." James Howard Kunstler
Read and weep, or do something about it:
“As we go from this happy hydrocarbon bubble we have reached now to a renewable energy resource economy, which we do this century, will the “civil” part of civilization survive? As we both know there is no way that alternative energy sources can supply the amount of per capita energy we enjoy now, much less for the 9 billion expected by 2050. And energy is what keeps this game going. We are involved in a Faustian bargain—selling our economic souls for the luxurious life of the moment, but sooner or later the price has to be paid.” Walter Youngquist
My suggestion: call, write, scream, yell, plead and demand your TV stations, radio stations, newspapers and every Tom, Dick and Mary to get off their butts and command what Obama trumpeted, “Change, yes we can!” www.numbersusa.com. After all, it’s your children’s future!
To take action: First and foremost, join www.numbersusa.com and become one of nearly a million Americans making impact with pre-written faxes and phone calls to change immigration policies toward a stable future. Bi-partisan and highly effective!
Second, join www.thesocialcontract.com for up to date information via the Social Contract Quarterly. Exceptional publication to keep you informed.
Visit this site for a rendition of Colorado Governor Lamm’s speech: “How to Destroy America”
Please visit Annie Leonard at www.storyofstuff.com for a compelling and highly interesting 20 minute video concerning our high consumption, highly wasteful and unsustainable society. She educates and provides avenues for you to make a difference.
Visit this web site by Chris Martenson: http://www.chrismartenson.com/environmental_data
In Colorado: visit www.soprisfoundation.org for information how you can network with like-minded folks to create a more sustainable future for Colorado and other states.
View CNN’s “Planet in Peril” with Anderson Cooper and Lisa Ling:
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Books to read: “The Long Emergency” by James Howard Kunstler
“Peak Everything” by Richard Heinberg
Many People” by Lindsey Grant
Become a member of “Frosty’s Press Agent Corps” whereby you volunteer a few hours to send out emails to top TV and radio hosts to offer top speakers on America’s overpopulation crisis driven by unending immigration. Email email@example.com and receive two informational letters showing you exactly what to do.
Roy Beck's "IMMIGRATION BY THE NUMBERS" is the single best educational appreciation of America's future if we allow ourselves to add another 100 million people. Just click on this site for the most sobering experience of your children's future.
Roy Beck gives a graphic presentation of our fate if we continue to allow legal and illegal immigration to swamp this country. If you have children, you will be particular unnerved at their fate. I know Roy Beck personally and his integrity and knowledge stand at the top. Pass this web site 14 minute video far and wide across America to educate everyone you know. We either stop this human tsunami or the future of this country will be much like Rome's. We must, as a nation and a civilization, move to secure our country from this massive, unrelenting population overload from a line that never ends. This will be the most compelling 14 minute video of your life.
Bob Woodruff of ABC asked input from all citizens concerning the future of our planet. Go to www.earth2100.tv for a sobering reality check as to what we face and to what I have been writing about for the past 20 years. Our ‘window’ to change to a balanced population and non-polluting energy diminishes every day we listen to irresponsible media and thus ignore the blatant symptoms manifesting all over America and the planet.
From: Frosty Wooldridge
This three minute interview with Adam Schrager on “Your Show” May 4, 2008, NBC Channel 9 News, addresses the ramifications of adding 120 million people to USA in 35 years and six million people to Colorado as to water shortages, air pollution, loss of farmland, energy costs and degradation of quality of life. In the interview, Frosty Wooldridge explains the ramifications of adding 120 million people to the USA in 35 years. He advances new concepts such as a “Colorado Carrying Capacity Policy”; “Colorado Environmental Impact Policy”; “Colorado Water Usage Policy”; “Colorado Sustainable Population Policy”. Nationally, the USA needs a "National Sustainable Population Policy" to determine the carrying capacity of this nation for the short and long term. Wooldridge is available for interviews on radio and TV having interviewed on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and FOX.
Go to: www.frostywooldridge.com and click on “Audio/Video” tab
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