According to Katie Couric, Brian Williams and Charles Gibson, the United States surpassed 300,000,000 people in October 2006. Their current demographic predictions, based on accelerating growth levels, show America adding 100 million people by 2040.
For those asleep at the wheel-that's 33 years from now-a blink in time.
To place this kind of horrific growth rate into perspective, it resembles a human tsunami. Much like nature's earthquakes that occurred beneath the surface last year, the wave of energy sped under the ocean for hours and hundreds of miles without notice. Once it hit the shoreline in Sri Lanka, it created cataclysmic devastation and tens of thousands of deaths. Why? No one suspected it. No one took action to save themselves. They didn't know it was coming. Once it hit, everyone became victims! The tsunami rendered a human tragedy of epic proportions!
The U.S. Senate in May, 2006 passed S.B. 2611 that doubled current immigration levels from 1.0 million to 2.0 million annually. It increased work visas by tens of thousands. It continued allowance for millions in chain migration. It allowed millions more in anchor babies. The senate bill did nothing to stop illegal immigration estimated by Time Magazine in a feature story on September 20, 2004, that showed three million people crossing into America illegally every year. It did not stop the 50,000 annual diversity visas that allow that many people to come to America from the poorest countries in the world. It added more visas that allow more foreigners to gain jobs and anchor babies in America that assures they never return to their home countries.
The bill did not take into account that millions of people arriving from Third World countries do not change their large family propensities of six to eight and more children per couple.
What does that mean to American citizens? What about our overloaded cities? Overwhelmed schools? How about our water, farm land, energy, air quality, food sources, species habitat, and dozens of other issues? Is there any way to stop it? Does anyone understand the ominous consequences?
In this 10 part series published on Thursdays, this column addresses what we as a nation face if we allow this 'human tsunami' to crash upon our shores. It addresses every aspect of our society, environment, sustainability, culture, language and viability as a civilization.
The first question we must all ask ourselves is: can anyone name a single advantage to adding 100 million people to America in 34 years? From Third World countries? What will it do to our society? Do we want to grow to 1,000,000,000 people? Why? If not, at what point will we stabilize growth?
What has a 2.4 billion person population done to India or China? Do you think their citizens enjoy the standards of living and quality of life we enjoy in the United States? Not even close!
In 1900, the world population reached 1.6 billion; today, it exceeds 6.4 billion; by mid century it's expected to grow to a low of 9.0 to as high as 9.8 billion. (Source: Population Reference Bureau)
Name one advantage to adding 3,000,000,000 more people to the globe? Is there some cosmic reason? Reasonable religious reason? Any rational reason? Any sane purpose?
Already, according to March 14, 2005 Time Magazine, eight million people starve to death annually. Over 35 percent of humanity does not have clean drinking water. Species extinction exceeds thousands annually. What is it that we hope to accomplish by adding another 3.0 billion people to the planet with the consequences already raining down on us with current population levels?
For those who can remember, in 1964, America housed 194 million people. Gas prices remained steady at 29 cents a gallon. Candy bars sold for five cents along with ice cream cones. A pack of cancer sticks cost 20 cents. Movies cost 50 cents. Nine-five percent of kids arrived at school from a two parent home. No one heard of gridlock, air pollution or road rage. Today, gas exceeds $3.00 a gallon, ice cream cone tops $2.00 and cigarettes run $3.80 a pack and movies exceed $8.00 a ticket. A bag of popcorn costs $5.00. What's changed? Short answer: supply and demand caused by population.
In 1965, U.S. Senator Teddy Kennedy passed the stealth Immigration Reform Act that changed 50 years of a steady influx of immigrants from 175,000 annually to a gargantuan 1.1 million people per year. Along with illegal immigration, the United States grew by 106 million people in 41 years. If allowed to continue, we will add 100 million in three decades. Reports show America will add another 100 million by 2065, which is 25 years. That number means America reaches a half billion on its way to a billion.
Here are a few things you can expect in your state as population rises all over this country.
In the next 50 years, you can expect 1,000,000 to as many as 3,000,000 more people added to your state depending on location. Once their numbers manifest, they won't go away. Why? Because, at the same time, that 100 million spreads to other states! Texas adds 12 million by 2025, Arizona adds five million and California adds 20 million by 2035.
Today, states like Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and California don't possess enough water for their residents. Aquifers degrade as fast as diesel engines pump them dry. No matter how many reservoirs they build, it won't rain or snow more because they add millions of people. Water shortages and rationing will become the norm while green lawns become as extinct five cent candy bars.
At the same time, states like Colorado lost 1.65 million acres of prime farm land to development in the past 10 years. Why? They added 1.3 million people. They will add four million more by 2050. Latest reports show Colorado will lose 3.1 million more acres by 2022. How many by 2050? An additional 2.0 million more acres will be placed under concrete and asphalt via roads, malls and housing. Ask yourself: have you ever seen cows grazing on concrete or have you ever seen corn growing out of pavement? What will be the acreage losses in your state? Your losses will be commensurate to your population growth.
While we exceed the land's carrying capacity, we pack ourselves in like sardines with smart growth, slow growth and managed growth. It's all growth that adds cars, trucks, homes, power plants, malls and smoke stacks. Have you noticed traffic in your city? Have you seen the Brown Cloud thicken in toxicity over your area? How about the bumper-to-bumper traffic? Can you imagine what it will be with an added 100 million people in 34 years?
By that time, gas or other alternative fuel will cost $8.00 to $10.00 per gallon and water prices will break your wallet. Your food costs will triple. Goods and services will explode beyond predictions.
How about your quality of life? Standard of living? What about species extinction? Air pollution? Acid rain? Crowding of national parks? Lakes? Streams? How about soil erosion?
We paint ourselves into a corner. We're driving this population train into a dead end tunnel. When will local and national leaders stand up and speak out? When will newspapers, TV and radio talk shows deal with our number one crisis: overpopulation? In this series, I'm going to expose it. I will offer solutions. I invite your solutions. For a hint of our future, visit www.thesocialcontract.com
"Immigration of the kind and on the scale America has had for the last three decades is in effect a recipe for cultural suicide and the squandering of a rich national heritage." Dr. Lee G. Marland
What will become of the 'American Dream'? Short answer: it will go the way of the dodo bird.