known and always avoided, the United States faces THE single greatest issue of
its existence in the 21st century.
“What is it?” you ask. Top
environmental experts respond, “Overpopulation!” We ignore, evade and suppress this issue at
every level in America. Innumerates as defined by Dr. Albert Bartlett,
), insist we can grow
forever without any consequences. Citizens
pursue their daily tasks without understanding the ramifications of this
civilization adding another 100 million people within 25 years, and doubling to
600 million people within 60 to 70 years.
(Sources: PEW Report, Fogel/Martin “US Population Projections”, U.S.
This “Human Katrina” advancing on our
civilization deserves more than a wink and a nod. It desperately needs
attention by our leaders and the media.
Why do they avoid it? It could be
fear or lack of education or, it’s ‘out there’ in the future so they don’t have
to address it.
Since another 25 years will skate past in a
blink, we need to address it today in order to prevent its manifestation in two
decades. Basically, the faster our
population rises, the greater the calamities accelerate as exposed in this
It all boils down to ‘carrying capacity’. A glass carries only so much water. A
restaurant seats a limited amount of patrons.
An airplane can hold exactly a limited number and not one single added
person past the number of seats on the plane.
Why? Because of finite space or
The Earth remains finite. Therefore, it carries a limited amount of
space. At some point, no matter how much
humans fool themselves, they must come to terms with limited water, soil,
oceans, food, energy, air and resources.
CARRYING CAPACITY IN THE UNITED STATES ALREADY EXCEEDED
In 1970 or
before, we began exceeding our energy carrying capacity as our population hit
200 million. Peak Oil as defined by the “Hubbert
Curve” indicated that the USA would drop production from nine million barrels
of oil daily, to less than three million barrels. That’s exactly what happened.
Today, we produce about 2.6 million
barrels of oil a day and import about 70 percent of our oil, or about 16 out of
22 million barrels daily. Clearly, we
exceeded our energy carrying capacity
forty years ago. Not to mention our ‘carbon
footprint’. (Source: www.350.org
That same “Hubbert
Curve” created by famous geologist M. King Hubbert, shows that the entire world
oil supply today has peaked or will peak within a few years. In other words, no
matter how many wells we drill, we cannot extract more oil. In fact, it takes
more energy units to extract oil that we utilize once the oil arrives on the
surface than the oil delivers.
ignorance is not so vast as our failure to use what we know," said M.
face daunting challenges being ignored as we grow our population along with the
rest of the world adding 80 million more annually.
"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
If you think ‘
will save us; think again. Nothing on
the horizon can equal the energy density of oil. As we use it at 82 million barrels a day, we
make a Faustian bargain with a Hobson’s choice for a final curtain call.
order to drive cars, boats, planes and fuel industry, Americans use 20 million
barrels of oil daily while the rest of the world burns 62 million
barrels. That equals 82 million barrels of oil every 24 hours!
you multiply 365 days by 82,000,000 barrels of oil burned daily, it equals a
whopping 29.9 billion barrels of oil annually.
you remember your science, it took two billion years to produce all the oil on
this planet. In other words, when oil reserves decline, we exhaust the
single major energy source that drives our civilization and most other
societies on this planet.
show how much energy oil provides the U.S. annually, Michael Brownlee of www.transitionbouldercounty.org
provided an astounding graph of one cubic mile of oil. That’s how much oil
humans burn around the planet each year!
That equals to the same amount of energy provided by 52 nuclear power
plants built every year for 50 years or 104 operating coal-fired electrical
plants built every year for 50 years or 32,000 wind turbines built every year
for 50 years—and in continuous operation—or 91,250,000 solar panels built every year for
“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
We need not do this to ourselves. We can change course.
If 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
These 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 www.numbersusa.com
with over 1.0 million
members that fax pre-written letters to congressional reps. Quick, easy, highly
effective. Watch the movie “Immigration
by the Numbers” for a complete understanding of what our civilization
faces. Download off the site. Bi-partisan, free and efficient.
see: Rapid Population Decline, seven minute video by Dr. Jack Alpert-
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
He is the author of: America on the Brink: The Next Added 100
Million Americans. Copies
available: 1 888 280 7715