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Newsweek Evades Reality: No Chance for US to become Energy Independent—Write them!

In the latest issue of Newsweek, April 13, 2009, Fareed Zakaria wrote, “Free at Last: How to achieve genuine energy independence.” 

Zakaria said, “We need an energy policy that understands that the world is going to require much more energy in the future.  The math is pretty simple. “Today there are 6.7 billion people on earth.  By 2050 there will be 9.2 billion. We will have to use twice as much energy as we do today.”

He wrote about the incredible waste and pollution worldwide. Zakaria painted a horrible picture.

He said, “The solution is to be smarter about how we grow.  We can create more economic growth, 30 to 40 percent more, while using the same amount of energy.”

To that ridiculous statement, I say balderdash, rubbish, twaddle, claptrap and tripe.

“Greater efficiency will lead to a more sustainable model for growth,” Zakaria said. 

That model remains the modus operandi of a cancer cell: keep growing until you kill the host. Sustainable growth is an oxymoron and not sustainable. A sixth grader knows you can only pour so much water into a glass before it overflows. It’s called ‘carrying capacity’ and this finite planet carries limitations whether humans like it or not.

Zakaria thinks in 20th century paradigms that cannot and will not succeed in the 21st century.  He’s a walking anachronism with a computer.  He’s dangerous if not inept beyond comprehension!

Another two or three billion people create an unsustainable future.  He needed to recommend a “U.S. National Sustainable Population Policy.” The U.S. cannot grow another 100 million in 30 years and world cannot grow another three billion without horrific damage to the planet and ultimately to the human race and all other creatures.

Please write Newsweek a letter responding to Zakaria lack of grasp.

Template letter you may work from or use yourself.  The key is to send thousands of emails:

Dear Newsweek editors:

Re: “Free at Last: how to achieve genuine energy independence.” Zakaria 4/8/09

Zakaris described horrible future dilemmas facing humans in 40 years with an added 3.0 billion people. He urged readers to ‘grow more human population’ smarter!  He said we could achieve 30 to 40 percent more economic growth using the same amounts of energy. Balderdash!  Zakaria neglected to consider climate change, species extinction, quality of life, water shortages and a dozen other calamities facing humanity IF it continues growing its numbers. Zakaria needs to pull his mind out of the 20th century and offer solutions for the 21st century. Try a “U.S. Sustainable Population Policy” that may lead other countries to face the future by living within the carrying capacity of their civilizations and the planet.

Frosty Wooldridge

Lakewood, CO

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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






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