Re: “Packing in the population” by Joey Bunch, Denver Post,
The recent U.S. Census figures show the United States
continuing at breakneck speed to add another 100 million people by 2035 and 138
million by 2050. In the face of growing water shortages, energy crises,
environmental degradation, overloaded cities and resource depletion—such papers
as the Denver Post featured a front page extravaganza announcing, “Packing in
the population” as if it warranted a ‘Demographic Badge of Courage’.
Crack journalist Joey Bunch, a man that knows deep
environmental destruction in the State of Colorado reported, “Colorado is still
growing like gang-busters, but not enough to warrant another member of
Please name a single advantage to adding 1.5 million
people to Colorado within the last 15 years to reach a 5.1 million humans
devouring water, energy and resources. Exactly how would adding one new
member to Congress create more water, resources and energy for the citizens of
Colorado? How would that solve the daily traffic gridlock in our three
biggest cities? Or the toxic Brown Cloud blanketing Denver? Or, how
would it inject more water into our depleted aquifers?
Would it solve the mind-numbing traffic gridlock on I-70
into the mountains that makes all our weekends a frightful nightmare coming
back from camping or skiing? Would another congress-critter improve our
diminished quality of life or degraded standard of living?
Exactly why do the editors of the Denver Post celebrate
overpopulation in Colorado? Why do they pound into readers the benefits
of unlimited “growth” and “expansion” in a limited water state, with
limited energy and limited resources?
Why would Bunch celebrate that Colorado ranks as the ninth-fastest-growing
state in the Union? On the second page, Bunch interviewed Maclyn
Clous, professor of finance at the University of Denver, who said, “I think the
news that Colorado is an attractive place to live and do business has gotten
out a little bit.”
Why do people stream into Colorado? They flee the East
Coast’s horde of people as well as the West Coast’s mob of humans. The
two coasts feature mega-cities, unending traffic, pollution, prices and
Why no balance in the reporting? Why not one word
about intolerable gridlock traffic? Horrible air pollution?
Interstate 70 a living nightmare on weekends? Why not report that roads
and bridges cannot be repaired because the state suffers financial disaster knowing
that adding more people costs more for infrastructure than we can pay?
How about our failing schools from population overload? How about
reporting on our deepening water shortages as we expect to grow from 5.1
million to 9.77 million in 40 years? (Source: “US Population Projections”
by Fogel/Martin www.FAIRUS.org
Answer: the Denver Post remains the 21st
century “Pope” with absolute authority to mislead, concoct and live in denial
of reality. Remember how, in the 1600s, the Pope arrested Galileo for
daring to divulge the fact that the Earth revolved around the sun instead
of the other way around. Notice you won’t hear the Denver
Post speak a word about overpopulation, but the Post silences any writers that
speak up or out.
Why would any sane publisher, journalist and newspaper
‘advocate’ for, and ‘celebrate’ the accelerating monstrosity of
overpopulation in Colorado or the rest of this country for that matter?
Why doesn’t the Denver Post balance its reporting with harsh realities we all
face from human population overload?
"The raging monster upon the land is population growth. In its
presence, sustainability is but a fragile theoretical construct. To say, as
many do, that the difficulties of nations are not due to people, but to poor
ideology and land-use management is sophistic.” Harvard scholar and
biologist E.O. Wilson
What about “Peak Oil” ; “Peak Water” ; “Peak Species
Extinction” ; “Peak Resources” ; “Peak Quality of Life” and a host of
other consequences bearing down on us as we celebrate endless growth?
We suffer more problems that we cannot solve, but the
Post keeps celebrating the cause of all of them: human overpopulation. As
Dr. Paul Ehrlich said, “All causes are lost causes without limiting human
The University of Colorado’s imminent Dr. Albert Bartlett, www.albartlett.org
, said, “Can you think
of any problem in any area of human endeavor on any scale, from microscopic to
global, whose long-term solution is in any demonstrable way aided, assisted, or
advanced by further increases of population, locally, nationally, or
You must ask yourself: within 40 years, do I want to live in
Colorado with double the population, extreme water shortages, no way to enjoy
the mountains from 24/7 gridlock on I-70, degraded quality of life,
lowered standard of living and environmental calamities raining down on
We race into this monster “Human Katrina” without a plan or
understanding of our predicament. Once it hits, we all get to be victims
or survivors. Our children don’t deserve such a diminished future on so
many levels. We need to change course toward a sustainable, stable population
and viable civilization for all living creatures.
two hundred species.. .mostly of the large, slow-breeding variety.. .are
becoming extinct here every day because more and more of the earth's carrying
capacity is systematically being converted into human carrying capacity. These
species are being burnt out, starved out, and squeezed out of existence..
.thanks to technologies that most people, I'm afraid, think of as technologies
of peace. I hope it will not be too long before the technologies that support
our population explosion begin to be perceived as no less hazardous to the
future of life on this planet than the endless production of radioactive
wastes.” Daniel Quinn
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