How can America entertain, feed, water, house and warm another 100 million people added by 2035--a scant 25 years from now? Answer: it can't and it won't!
When Einstein's quote hits home, it allows you to step out of third world and 20th century thinking by advancing toward a 21st century paradigm shift. Once you connect the dots, you will not be able to go back to old thinking or ancient solutions. Why? Because they guarantee failure!
Therefore, such terms as "sustainable growth' and "economic growth' prove oxymorons that bring our "Population Katrina" ashore much faster. If we continue on our current disastrous path, our country will reach China's one billion by the end of this century, or within the lifetime of your grandchildren. Have you ever asked yourself why there is no Chinese Dream or why no one wants to emigrate to China or why millions of Chinese risk life and limb to reach America and Canada?
Why do Indians rush to our shores but no one rushes to India? What about Bangladesh with 157 million people in a landmass the size of Ohio? Would you like to move to that hellhole? In other words, how would you like to live in California when it doubles from 38 million to 76 million? The prevailing question will be, "Hey buddy, do you have a drink of water you can spare me?"
One way or the other, if we maintain this unrestricted immigration path, we will manifest what immigrants from the third world flee. Would you call China, India, Japan or Bangladesh racists, xenophobic or other names because they don't allow immigration? Why don't they? Too many people already!
"The modern plague of overpopulation is solvable by means we have discovered and with resources we possess. What is lacking is not the sufficient knowledge of the solution, but the universal consciousness of the gravity of the problem for billions of people who are its victims." Dr. Martin Luther King
Think what you will of King, but he hit target with his speech when he received the Human Rights Award in 1966.
"Each person in the USA has an impact on the environment equal to as low as 10 and as high as 33 in a third world nation. Therefore, the US population as 295 million is equal in many ways to a minimum of 2.9 billion people in environmental impact." National Academy of Sciences
If you can't or won't see that impending reality, you imitate the ones looking out to sea in New Orleans in 2005 and you hoped the winds would die down or Katrina would change course. I am here to tell you that this population storm will not change course. We must change direction if we are to save ourselves.
"Sustainable growth is a self-contradictory concept beloved by those who want to continue the same old stands--growth as a solution to all problems--very few people grasp the simple fact--demographic or economic growth is unsustainable." Lindsey Grant, author of TOO MANY PEOPLE
"Climate change will have a devastating effect on the availability of water in the Western United States. Even as best-case scenario, it forecasts a virtual train wreck, with supplies falling far short of the projected future demands for water by cities, farms and wildlife." Andrew Bridges, Science Writer for AP
You may argue Malthus' theme all you want, but the facts demand your attention that we don't have enough water to keep growing in the West. Arizona's aquifers suffer horrific drainage and it's so dry you can't spit. California offers bottled water because tap water is unsafe and it is fast becoming as expensive as gasoline. Any fool can see it coming, but most governors refuse to look at or deal with the reality of limits. It is Hurricane Katrina-like thinking, i.e., maybe if we ignore it--IT will go away.
"If we don't persuade Congress to lower immigration to traditional levels of 175,000 per year, we'll condemn Americans to lives of increasing sprawl, congestion and economic failure." Roy Beck, author of "IMMIGRATION BY THE NUMBERS" In a five minute astoundingly simple yet brilliant video, "Immigration, Poverty, and Gum Balls", Roy Beck, director of http://www.numbersusa.ORG, graphically illustrates the impact of overpopulation. Take five minutes to see for yourself http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPjzfGChG...r_embedded
I know and respect Roy Beck to the highest degree. I urge every American to join http://www.NumbersUSA.org and become a weekly faxer of prewritten letters. What can you argue about his quote? Absolutely nothing! These people have connected the dots and we must join them for the future of our country, our children and the world.
"Can you think of any problem in any area of human endeavor on any scale, from the microscopic to global, whose long-term solution is in any demonstrable way aided, assisted, or advanced by further increases in population, locally, nationally, or globally?" Dr. Albert Bartlett, Professor of Physics, Colorado University
Go ahead, name one! If you do come up with one, make your point with reason knowing that 6.8 billion humans already wreak havoc already and over 18 million deaths from starvation annually already occur. I'd welcome your email giving me a good reason for more population growth after you've read this two part series. In the meantime, I know Dr. Bartlett equals Einstein's intellect.
Can the USA sustain an added 100 million people and more? What do you think?
"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