“Saying sulfates do not cause acid rain is the same as saying that
smoking does not cause lung cancer.” American Secretary of
Transportation Drew Lewis
What cities in the United States cause the
most air pollution? Answer: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago,
Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, New York, Boston, Cleveland, Detroit and hundreds of
other U.S. cities. Where does it
go? What happens when it hits?
series, let’s create a discussion where none exists thus far in the media or
general public. Today, our topic stems
from human impact on the planet called ‘acid rain’. You may investigate several websites to
enjoy more information on this topic:
United States allows itself to add another 100 million people in the next 25
years, ‘acid rain’ will accelerate in severity and ecological damage more
disastrous than today. It’s already beyond the term ‘disastrous’ and moving
According to the
Oracle Education Foundation:
“There are many forms of acid rain that are seen
around the world,”
said Oracle. “In parts of the world where there is wet
weather, there is acid rain, acid snow, and acid fog. In parts of the world
where there is dry weather, there is acid gas and acid dust.
rainstorms or melting snow can cause the acidity in lakes and in streams to
What effect does acid rain have on sea life?
“Acid rain is very harmful to the environment,”
said Oracle. “Acid rain damages everything over a period of time because it
makes the living things in the environment die. Acid rain affects the life in
the water as well as the life on land. It is almost worse in water than on land
because the fish that are in the water need the water to breathe. When the
water gets polluted, then the fish get sick and die.
“All rainwater contains some level of acidity.
Acidity is measured by pH, which stands for ‘potential of hydrogen’. The pH
scale measures the amount of acid in a substance. PH is measured on a scale
from 0-14, with 7 being neutral. The lower the number is on the pH scale, the
more acidic that substance is. Normal rainwater has a pH of 5.6. When the pH
level of rainwater goes below 5.6, it is considered acid rain.”
“All of the sea life will die when the water that
they swim in gets to be too acidic. For example, all fish will die when the
water goes below a pH of 4.5. Most of the frogs and insects that live around
the water will also die when the water reaches a pH of 4.5. With a pH of 5.5,
all of the bottom-dwelling bacterial decomposers, animals that eat the remains
of the food that other animals don’t want, will begin to die.
decomposers die, they leave the un-decomposed food on the bottom of the water.
This pollutes the water by making the water dirty for all of the fish to swim
in. All fresh water shrimp die when there gets to be a pH of 6.0. Aquatic
plants will grow the best when the water is a pH between 7.0 and 9.2. If acid
rain gets to be more of a problem, then all of the sea life will eventually be
Now that you appreciate the definition and results
of ‘acid rain’, let’s examine what causes it.
Humans create an overload of acid rain by driving
billions of cars resulting in billions of tons of carbon particulate. Humans around the planet collectively create
billions of tons of chemical exhaust that injects our biosphere with deleterious
substances. With over 80,000 chemicals,
you can imagine the amount poured into the atmosphere. It all drops out of the sky as acid rain.
It kills the nitrogen-fixing bacteria in our soils,
which in turn, kills the nutrient systems.
It destroys and skewers the pH levels in lakes and streams. That kills
the plant and marine life. It acidifies
our oceans, which in turn, destroys the natural balance that allows plankton
and other sea life to maintain normal existence and balance in the atmosphere. About 80 percent of our life-giving oxygen
comes from plankton in our oceans.
As the human mob adds another 100 million to the
United States and another three billion to the globe before the mid century, we
may not be able to correct our escalating damage. As we throw Mother Nature out of balance, we
become the victims of disease, possibly famine and much worse—such as mutations
to all life.
effect does acid rain have on the air, us, and our health?
affects us in many different ways,” said Oracle. “One major way is our health.
Breathing and lung problems in children and adults who have asthma and in
children have been linked to acid air pollution.
Everything that we eat, drink,
and breathe has at one time come in contact with acid deposits. This could
threaten our health by making us become sick. The following health problems
occur each year in the U.S. and Canada due to acid rain:
emergency room visits
asthma symptom days
causes acid rain?
Auto, factory and home exhaust cause
carbon dioxide: Carbon dioxide is released by burning coal, oil, and natural
gas. If you inhale carbon dioxide, then since it is toxic, it can cause you to
have to breathe more than usual, unconsciousness, and other serious health
Carbon monoxide: Carbon monoxide is
released by burning gasoline, oil, and wood. When carbon monoxide enters your
body, it goes into the bloodstream. When this happens, it will slow down the
delivery of oxygen to the rest of the body, causing dizziness, headaches, and
Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs): CFCs are
the chemicals that are used in industry, refrigeration, air conditioning
systems, and consumer products. Whenever CFCs are released into the air, they
reduce the stratospheric ozone layer. The stratospheric ozone layer protects
Earth’s surface from the harmful rays of the sun.
Imagine what future generations face
on multiple levels as to health, well being and environmental balance. If we allow our civilization to continuing
growing without end, we will create ever growing consequences as reported in
We possess the ability to change
course by stabilizing U.S. population.
Join the team on the websites provided.
“Imagine a country which employs the principles of personal
responsibility, freedom and accountability for future generations.
Everything you do-counts! If you do nothing, that counts likewise. When
you read sobering information, do you want to give up or fall apart? Or, do you
want to engage like Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, George and Martha Washington,
John and Abigail Adams, Lincoln, Susan B. Anthony, Dr. Martin Luther
King, Oprah, Barbara Jordan, John Muir and other Americans. You represent the
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honor and privilege to become a part of the solutions. Engage the present
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In a five minute astoundingly simple yet brilliant video, “Immigration, Poverty, and Gum Balls
Roy Beck, director of www.numbersusa.ORG
graphically illustrates the impact of overpopulation. Take five minutes
to see for yourself:
“Immigration by the numbers—off the chart” by Roy Beck
This 10 minute demonstration shows Americans the results of
unending mass immigration on the quality of life and sustainability for future
generations: in a word “Mind boggling!” www.NumbersUSA.org
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 to 2010.
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:
This is the best website to start: www.numbersusa.org
; watch Roy Beck’s “Immigration
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of pre-written letters to your reps to make positive change.
Must see: Rapid Population Decline, seven minute video by
Dr. Jack Alpert-
Check out this link with Wooldridge on bicycle and Lester
Brown and panel discussion:
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
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
He is the author of: America on the Brink: The Next Added 100 Million
Americans. Copies available: 1 888 280 7715