Re: “Big step: Cut back on babies” Denver Post/August 31, 2008/ Laurie Goering
“Shhh! This scares both parties” by Froma Harrop blogging at the DNC, Denver, CO 8/25,26, 27, 28, 2008
As a six continent world bicycle traveler, I can state emphatically that, “Overpopulation will become THE single greatest issue facing America and the world in the 21st century.” Additionally, as you saw in the DNC and most likely will at the RNC, it proves the MOST important and the MOST ignored issue in the United States.
Harrop said, “There’s a BURNING concern in the American West — almost an obsession — that Democrats do not dare touch in their convention here. Nor will Republicans in St. Paul. It is the U.S. population explosion. The West is feeling the brunt of it, as rolling lava of housing developments and big-box cruds-capes claim its cherished open spaces — and increasingly scarce water supplies.”
In the West, we suffer the driest summer in the last 100 years. We’re nostril-deep in water problems, but the developers build, build and keep building without the common sense God gave a lemming! Dam the Poudre River, dam every stream, dam common sense, dam rational thinking, dam critical thinking, dam reasonable actions, and dam us into an unsustainable civilization!
”America’s fastest growing region has been and will continue to be the Intermountain West. Its megalopolises — centered on Denver, Phoenix, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City –– are set to add 13 million people by 2040, according to a Brookings Institution study. This would be a doubling of their population.”
In Denver, Phoenix, LA, San Francisco, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and Houston—we’re SO gridlocked in 2008 that we drive through a wet-cement parking lot to work or play. Sheer misery, danger and frustration face every driver in every city. Yet, we build, grow and build some more!
Harrop said,” Hyper-growth still brings out happy talk in some circles. The Brookings report looks at the population forecasts for the urban corridor on the eastern face of the Rockies, spreading from Colorado into Wyoming, and enthuses, “Such projections point to a huge opportunity for the Front Range to improve on the current level of prosperity.” There are challenges, it says, but they can be met — and you can almost hear local hearts breaking — by new roads, bigger airports, more office parks.”
The people who wrote the Brookings report illustrate their own idiocy, moronic stupidity and lack of critical thinking. To keep growing population beyond carrying capacity shows our nation’s leaders fail to possess an ounce of common sense. Former presidential candidate Michael Dukakis spoke on a PBS documentary that “Growth is inevitable!” Yes, for lemmings, growth leads to overpopulation and they go crazy and run over a cliff and swim out to sea! But, humans may choose to stabilize their populations for a viable future! Lemmings cannot help themselves, but we can! Growth is not inevitable for humans!
“And where oh where are they going to find water?” Harrop said. “Every county in Colorado was declared a federal drought-disaster area in 2002, when the population stood at 4.5 million. It is expected to approach 8 million by 2035.
”As former Colorado Gov. Dick Lamm notes, the region is so dry that you can still see the wagon-wheel trails laid down in the 1840s. “This is an area that plans to add 13 million people?” Lamm said to me. “Crazy.”
”Why isn’t the population boom being discussed at the party conventions?” Harrop said. “Because its main driver is immigration — both the number of newcomers and their high birth rates. The region is also trying to accommodate people relocating from other parts of the country, many of them trying to escape the congestion in California.
”Promoters of open borders like to drag race into any discussion of immigration, so that even those who focus on numbers, not skin color, fear to speak. The Sierra Club has gone into total hiding on the matter. Even when you limit the subject to illegal immigration, they’re under the bed.