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Why we cannot continue exploding the US population toward 438 million

Present U.S. population: 315 million.  Projected in 38 years by 2050: 438 million.  Environmental, social, quality of life and standard of living expected in 2050: degraded, dismal, and unfortunate for countless millions of Americans.
A reader responded to one of my environmental-population pieces by saying that if we conserved more water  and energy, and utilized our land more equitably, population wouldn’t be a problem.  In other words, he advocates for more and more people living on less and less. But never mind the species extinction rates,  water shortages, air pollution, energy depletion, carbon footprint and ecological footprint facing our growing numbers. It’s amazing how people overlook the details.
Another vacant intellectual is Steven Mosher of www.populationresearchinstitute.org who advocates for unlimited population growth.  Somehow, he gains interviews on major television shows as an expert. He rails against China’s one child per family policy as if they could afford another billion people on top of their already 1.3 billion human overload.  His mission statement is: “The Population Research Institute is a non-profit research group whose goals are to expose the myth of overpopulation, to expose human rights abuses committed in population control programs, and to make the case that people are the world’s greatest resource.”
The man lacks the ability to think rationally in an already environmentally devastated, energy deficient, scarce water and overloaded world of the human species.  Every single environmental, resource, water and energy crisis facing humanity in the 21st century stems from human overpopulation.  Mosher is the kind of man that jumps into the ring with 100 raging, angry and hungry tigers, and thinks he can survive.  Darwin described humans like Mosher as the survival of the toughest: in this case, the tigers eat him and his stupidities.  In the case of the human species on this overpopulated planet: Mother Nature kills without conscience and she always bats last.
At this point in 2012, America houses 315 million people on its way to adding another 85 million by 2035 and 138 million to reach 438 million by 2050.  (Sources: US Population Projections by Fogel/Martin, PEW Hispanic Center, US Census Bureau)
Here’s why we won’t make it with any kind of human dignity, quality of life and reasonable standard of living:
Check out www.populationpress.org spring 2012 issue by president Marilyn Hempel.  She brings the finest minds into the discussion.
Author Juliet Eilperin said, “In Peru, fishing vessels haul 7.5 million tons of small fish out of the water every year. The Peruvian seabird population that used to number in the tens of millions has dropped to two million.”
Robert Engelman of www.worldwatchinstitute.org noted, “When you have China out roaming the seas looking for anything they can get for their population of 1.3 billion (and growing by 8 million annually, net gain on their way to 1.5 billion in 38 years), that’s increasingly affecting any local resources anywhere in the world.”
“If you look around the world, water quality is deteriorating, and water quantity is declining,” said Ned Breslin of Water for People. 
To support his claims, China and India’s waterways run in sewage as thousands of cities pour raw sewage into the Ganges and Yangtze  rivers. Over 1,000 Indian children die of dysentery and diarrhea every day of the year. Those rivers create 10,000 to 20,000 square mile dead zones as they empty into the sea. (Source: www.populationmedia.org)  
What I find fascinating stems from the fact that reporters like NBC’s Ann Thompson will report on March 2012 being  overwhelmed with the hottest days on record, but she never made one mention of human overpopulation causing climate destabilization and warming.  Diane Sawyer smiled when humans hit 7 billion last October.  Brian Williams yawned as he announced we reached the 7 billion mark.   I screamed at my TV set in rage and despair.
Babatunde Osotimehin, director of the U.N. Population Fund, said, “People can’t talk about the environment without talking about population.”
How about global climate destabilization?  Let’s talk about humans burning of 84 million barrels of oil daily.  Let’s talk about the US burning 2.2 billion tons of coal annually.  You don’t think that’s going to make an impact on our biosphere?  Think again.
“Even without incorporating such climate feedback, models show that continued reliance on fossil fuels could raise the global temperature by up to 7 degrees Celsius by the end of this century,” said Janet Larsen, environmental reporter. 
Richard Heinberg wrote Peak Everything: Facing a Century of Declines. He said, “We have reached peak everything as to resources and because economic growth depends on natural resources and the Earth’s ability to process our wastes, this growth simply cannot continue.”
We face the end of growth one way or the other. We choose to stabilize or Mother Nature will most certainly do it for us, rather brutally. Instead of endless economic growth, we must move toward Steady State Economics as proposed by Dr. Brian Czech at www.steadystate.org .
Africa, India, China and America form the most deadly population growth in the 21st century.  Africa will grow from nearly 1 billion today to 2.4 billion within 88 years.  Do any of the animal species in Africa stand a chance against such ravenous human onslaught?
Back in America, can California support its projected 20 million additional humans within 30 years?   How about Florida, Arizona and Colorado doubling their populations?  Anyone excited about that?
The United States represents a 5’10” 400 pound obese guy endlessly eating more ice cream to reach 500 pounds. He suffers clogged arteries ( much like our cities’ gridlocked traffic), he can hardly walk and he’s suffering from diabetes.  He keeps eating because he doesn’t have a plan for living.  The United States continues its obesity-growth path without a plan, either.  Ultimately, this civilization will collapse whether we like it or not, plan for it or not, understand it or not.
What can you do to change the course of history?  Join these website organizations to form a collective voice on overpopulation in America and worldwide: www.PopulationPress.org , www.NumbersUSA.org , www.CapsWeb.org , www.PopulationMedia.org , www.WorldPopulationBalance.org , www.WorldWatch.org , www.PostCarbonInstitute.org , www.howmany.org , www.PopulationMatters.org
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
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.
Visit www.TheSocialContract.com for the best information on what we face as a civilization as to overpopulation, energy, immigration and much more.
Canada www.immigrationwatchcanada.org ; in Australia www.population.org.au andPublicPopForum@yahoogroups.com; in Great Britain www.populationmatters.org ; and dozens of other sites accessed at www.frostywooldridge.com.   In Florida, www.flimen.org .
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.
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. His latest book is: How to Live a Life of Adventure: The Art of Exploring the World by Frosty Wooldridge, copies at 1 888 280 7715/ Motivational program: How to Live a Life of Adventure: The Art of Exploring the World by Frosty Wooldridge, click: http://www.HowToLiveALifeOfAdventure.com


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Comment by Cat Lover
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Thats what Thomas Malthus wrote in the 1700's about, this is old News
Comment by Cat Lover
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Thats what Thomas Malthus wrote in the 1700's about, this is old News
Comment by James Eldridge
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Over population, all done by design. Why is it that those in congress and the president himself will not hear the American public asking for our Southern border to be blocked and not allowing for those that want to come to America to go about it in a legal manor? As we see, it is to over burden this nation to the point that it is not possible to manage such a high number of people. Another reason is to have the different types of people here in a melting pot where civil unrest will show its ugly head when those different races conflict with each other. That is for the reason to call for a lock down on the entire country for the biggest take-over you have ever seen or read about in your life. A people that belives that they are free are not going to be easily controlled by those that want more power. With 330 million people all wanting to be fed and asking for something to drink, watch the SHTF. Hope you have yourself and those you want to live with prepared for the cahos that will be nothing but a big disaster.

Comment by Dennis Treybil
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 In 1975, I visited the library at college (a rare event) and picked up a copy of Business Week or a similar periodical magazine.

The headline on the cover that caught my eye was:  The Baby Boom:  An Indigestable Lump in the Snake of Time.

Planning up until WWII anticipated the continuation of current trends in population increase.  If memory serves, the baby boom was roughly a 3% increase over that.  What got bureaucrat's attention were numerous reports of babies being born in the halls of hospitals.  At some point, someone realized if they didn't have enough delivery rooms, they also did not have enough schools, enough jobs, enough of many other things.

I gather from the article that the VietNam War, the space program, liberalized college entrance standards and the Great Society were all in one way or the other used to respond to the Baby Boom.  These in turn were financed via deficit spending.  I think Nixon and Carter tried to turn that around, but without success.  The economy tanked throughout the 70's.  Reagan drank the kool-aid, cranked up the money presses along with Star Wars  - the B36 ruse on steroids.  When the USSR "collapsed", I seem to recall either Gorbachev or Yeltzin congratulating the USoA on its victory.  He went on to say, before this is over, what you did to achieve this will hurt you worse than it hurt us.  I think he was referring to the money printing and deficit spending, which by the 80's, very few people raised their eyebrows over.

The near crash of 2008 was a result of that in my view.

If all this is true, the USoA may have been fatally wounded by deficit spending in the 1960's.  And this grew in part out of an unanticipated increase in population, now called the baby boom.  If all this is true, the pacifists prior to WWII may have been right.

All this just to agree with Frosty's position here (not that he needs affirmation from me) and to point out this reference event related to population increase.  If a poorly handled population increase of 3% over base rates can cause all this, then what will be the results of population increases such as those described in this article?  Maybe the best way to deal with those consequences is to head off the population increase.  This could run afoul of currently-observed and treasured aspects of individual liberty.  Weighed against survival and standard of living, changes may be required that I don't even want to think about.

DC Treybil

Comment by Ed Price
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Well, let's see. Regarding the United States, we currently have about 330 million people. At least that's the figure I see being bounced around a lot lately. And it seems that we are doing quite well regarding everything except keeping the middle class from being eliminated.

Since about two fifths of the nation's land is locked up in Federal and State owned "off-limits" lands, what could we do if we needed to? Well, two fifths. If we take the current population of 330 million, and divide it by the 3 of the "three fifths," that's 110 million. Then, if we multiply that 110 million by the 5 (all 5 fifths), we get 550 million.

What this means is, for starters, that if we just relocated some of the people on the land that is locked up in Federal and State off-limits, we can easily support way more than 438 million.

On top of that, if we let global warming proceed, some of the northern Canadian and Alaskan lands will warm up to where they will be habitable. And Siberia, as well.

So we don't have any problem at all. By the time we run into any kind of problem, people will be moving to colonize Mars, etc.. And Frosty and I will have long since been in the grave.