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PART 11: WHAT CONSTITUTES OVERPOPULATION IN AMERICA? POLLUTED AIR AND ACID RAIN

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?
 
In this 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:
 
If the 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 toward ‘foreboding’.
 
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. http://library.thinkquest.org/CR0215471/acid_rain.gifHeavy rainstorms or melting snow can cause the acidity in lakes and in streams to increase.”
 
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.
 
When these 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 gone.”
 
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.
 
What effect does acid rain have on the air, us, and our health?
 
“Acid rain 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:
 
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550 premature deaths
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1,520 emergency room visits
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210,070 asthma symptom days
 
What 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 problems.
 
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 fatigue.
 
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 this series.
 
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 Jefferson’s, Oprah’s and Dr. King’s of the 21st century.  Consider it your honor and privilege to become a part of the solutions.  Engage the present to change the future! Become an agent of the change you wish to see.”  FW
 
 
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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 by the Numbers” at 14 minutes. Bi-partisan and very effective. Become a faxer of pre-written letters to your reps to make positive  change.
 
 
Must see DVD: "Blind Spot" www.snagfilms.com/films/title/blind_spot/ , This movie illustrates America's future without oil, water and other resources to keep this civilization functioning. It's a brilliant educational movie! www.blindspotdoc.com
 
Must see: Rapid Population Decline, seven minute video by Dr. Jack Alpert-
 
Must see and funny: www.growthbusters.org ; www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXSTrW_dARc
Dave Gardner's Polar Bear in Bedroom:
 
growthbusters.org/2010/03/save-the-polar-bear-in-your-bedroom ; Dave Gardner, President, Citizen-Powered Media ; Producing the Documentary, GROWTH BUSTERS; presents Hooked on Growth: Our Misguided Quest for Prosperity, Join the cause at www.growthbusters.org ;760 Wycliffe Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80906 USA; +1 719-576-5565
 
Check out this link with Wooldridge on bicycle and Lester Brown and panel discussion:
Tomorrow's Americaproject on www.youtube.com/contemporarylearning.
Producer: GEORGE A. COLBURNwww.tomorrowsamerica.com
DC: 202-258-4887
 
Link to www.tomorrowsamerica.com for more discussions on America's predicament.
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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 www.frostywooldridge.com He is the author of: America on the Brink: The Next Added 100 Million Americans. Copies available: 1 888 280 7715
                         
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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