"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
Re: Colorado NPR report--"11.5 billion gallon shortage annually predicted" 12/1/09
Ironically, everyone demands cleaner air, but don't stop economic and human growth. Stop gridlock traffic, but don't touch growth. Stop species extinction, but never end growth. Let's stop climate change, but leave growth alone. Stop acid rain, but don't stop growth. Work on alternative energy, but don't stop growth. We insist on lower energy and water prices, but don't stop growth and demand. Let's conceive of every "green solution', but don't ever stop growth!
In other words, let's attempt to solve our energy, water and climate change predicament by dealing with a pyramid of effects, but doing nothing to address the root cause. That's like a three pack a day smoker that wants his lung cancer cured, but he said, "I am willing to try any solution to cure my lung cancer as long as you don't tell me to stop smoking."
While the United States stands at 310 million, it adds 8,100 people net gain daily. The US adds 3.1 to 3.4 million annually on our way to adding 100 million net gain by 2035 and another 38 million to hit 438 million by 2050--a total of 138 million added humans. Unfortunately, Mother Nature does not rain or snow more, nor does she create more ground water--just to water and feed that extra 138 million. On top of that, U.S. Census Bureau projections show us doubling to 600 million by 2070 or sooner.
Additionally, world population projections show humans adding 1.0 billion humans every 13 years! That's a whopping 3.0 billion humans more stomping around on this planet by mid century. What do they all need to live and eat? Water!
But today, 1.0 billion humans cannot obtain one clean glass of drinking water daily. The natural consequences: Result: 10 million children starvation deaths and eight million adult starvation deaths annually. (Source: World Health Organization)
Back in the USA--we seem to think we remain immune to overpopulation as to water supplies. We would be VERY wrong with that assumption!
Atlanta, Georgia maxed out its water carrying capacity four years ago, but with its current 8.2 million, the Peach State expects to double to 16.4 million within four decades. "Hey buddy; can you spare me a dime-I mean, glass of water?"