The University of Colorado features the foremost thinker, writer
and speaker on overpopulation in the United States and worldwide: Dr. Albert A.
Recently, most Americans watched the Indus River in Pakistan flood
to the point of placing one-fifth of that country under water. Media reported it as one of the greatest
disasters on the planet—caused by rain, flood and storms. Nonetheless, Dr. Bartlett reached a little
further into the reasons for Pakistan’s tragedy: 185 million people living on a
flood plain with projections to grow their population to 335 million by mid
Bartlett said, “People are dying from overpopulation, yet in the
media and in our discussions, as the famed biologist Garrett Hardin has
observed, "No one ever dies from overpopulation."”
In his recent communication, Art Hobson asked, "Does anybody
know what caused the huge floods on the Indus River? Sure, it's monsoon
season, but this year it's a monster monsoon."
Bartlett asked readers to examine other causes of Pakistan’s
predicament. He said, “Let's look at six
1. The monsoon may have brought more rain than normal.
2. The increased monsoon rains may have been caused by
global climate change.
3. Some fraction of the observed global climate change may
have been caused by overpopulation.
4. The monsoon rain water probably runs off the lands and
into the rivers more rapidly than it did 100 years ago.
5. Overpopulation has caused more people to settle in
crowded living conditions in the known flood-prone lands along the banks of the
6. The continuity equation still holds: so that if the flow-speed
in the rivers is not much changed but the cubic meters of water per second of
flow increases, then the cross section of the flow has to increase; this puts
the rivers out of their banks and into agricultural and settlement areas,
causing great damage.
“I have no idea about No. 1,” said Bartlett. “The rainfalls may be higher than
normal. If so, this may be due to global climate change. If the
global climate is changing, some part of the change is most likely due to
“As populations have grown, people have cut more trees each year
off of the hillsides to use the wood for fuel and for building materials.
With population growth, there is an increased rate of cutting so that at some
point, the annual harvest exceeds the annual new growth. At this point
the areas of bare ground are increasing in size leaving a naked land from which
the monsoon rains run off more rapidly than it did from forested land.
“As the population grows, people crowd along the riverbanks for
their housing. These crowded settlements are vulnerable to flooding,
often with great loss of life.
“So population growth may increase the monsoon rains; it has
increased the rate of runoff of the monsoon rains, and it has put more people
at risk in the river flood plains. So overpopulation plays a major causal
role in the current disaster.”
Today's New York Times [August 17, 2010] reports that, "It
seems impossible that the country [Pakistan] could absorb the cost of the
calamity on its own. Bridges, power plants and communications networks
have been lost or severely damaged across the country, A FIFTH OF WHICH IS
ESTIMATED TO BE UNDER WATER."
"With 20 percent of cotton washed away, Pakistan's famed
textile industry, which accounts for 60 percent of the country's exports, is
certain to stagger. As a result, textile plants are likely to make
large-scale layoffs. Plants that do manage to purchase cotton will face
electricity shortages, as more than seven major power stations have been
Repeat: “People are dying from overpopulation,” said
Bartlett. “Yet in the media and in our
discussions, as the famed biologist Garrett Hardin has observed, "No one
ever dies from overpopulation."”
“The world is overpopulated,” said Bartlett. “The United States is overpopulated: yet the
population of the world is growing by something like 1 percent per year, as is
the population of the United States.
In fact, the United States commands the third fastest growth rate
in the world behind India and China.
“The NY Times noted that "Economists argue that the only
viable solution, as is often the case in Pakistan, will be international loans
that allow at least five-year concessions for Pakistan to pay off the debt,”
said Bartlett. "Think about this "argument." People are
dying from overpopulation and the "only viable solution" is to loan
them money to get ready for the next disaster!
“In 1972 some systems analysts at MIT published "Limits to
Growth." This was an instant sensation worldwide, but it was soundly
and effectively defeated by the world community of economists who argue against
any thought of limits. It is very pleasant to believe that there are no
limits. Political leaders feel justified in believing that there are no
limits if the "No Limits" message is brought to them by people with PhDs.
Go back and read some of the things written by the late Professor Julian Simon
who wrote that we have enough knowledge and resources so that we can continue
to grow "for seven billion years." Many people love Simon's
message and believe that we are free to go on growing populations and rates of
consumption of resources. Two updates to "Limits to Growth" have been
published, one in 1992 and in 2002. For the past 30 years, the patterns
seem to be following those outlined in 1972.
“So if you want to see the future if we continue to ignore the
limits, then look no farther than "Limits to Growth."
“I feel that we are failing our responsibilities as educators if
we continue to be silent about the arithmetic of growth and about limits and
particularly about overpopulation. These limits are boundary conditions on
our human existence and, as we can see from Pakistan today, we ignore these
limits at our peril.”
any of us, no matter what our race, creed or color might be, refuse to engage
our U.S. Congress as we have not for 30 years as to the population/immigration
equation-our children will find themselves living in a terribly degraded America
where the American Dream will be described by the history books as a 'fleeting
fantasy' from the era of 1950 to 2010.
are several of the top organizations where you can take collective action to
change the course of American history as well as in Canada, the United Kingdom
and Australia. Take collective action at:
is the best website to start: www.numbersusa.com
; watch Roy
Beck’s “Immigration by the Numbers” at 14 minutes. Bi-partisan and
very effective. Become a faxer of pre-written letters to your reps to make
see: Rapid Population Decline, seven minute video by Dr. Jack Alpert-
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He presents "The Coming Population Crisis in America: and what you can do
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