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Selected Growth Fallacies: Part 17--Next Added 100 Million Americans

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How did we wander into this “growth at all costs” trap? How could educated and rational leaders cheer unending Gross National Product? At what point does the stock market explode through the ceiling and why do we cheer its continuous growth? That’s like cheering a 450 pound 5’10” man into eating a truck load of ice cream so he might “grow” to 500 pounds. Once he reaches 500, pro-growth advocates would cheer him on to 600, 700 and 800 pounds.

 

As America adds the next 100 million people by 2040, how will cities like Los Angeles survive its projected 20 million added people? How will California grow crops with dwindling farmland and water? How will drivers deal with adding another 15 to 20 million cars and trucks onto their gridlocked highways of 2007? How will LAX and Ontario airports deal with more air traffic? How about the horrific air pollution generated by millions of cars, homes, schools, factories and farms?

 

In his book, “COLLAPSE: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed,” Pulitzer Prize winning author Jared Diamond illustrated how great civilizations dismantled their own sustainability. On tiny Easter Island, humans ignored nature, cut down all the trees, built 50 ton rock monuments and died of overpopulation via starvation. Today, we’re faced with the same dilemmas Rome, Anasazi, Mayans, present day Rwanda and other vanished civilizations discovered.

 

As our numbers grow, America and most of the Western world will battle for remaining resources. It’s already a nightmare of epic proportions in India, China and Bangladesh. What ties my brain in knots stems from the most powerful leaders in the world ignoring this human situation on every front.

 

Bush thinks if we study global warming more, or ignore it further, perhaps it will vanish. If he pretends we don’t have 3.5 million homeless in America, maybe they will fade into the woodwork. If we disregard our water crisis in the American West, surely, adding 30, 40 or 50 million people to Texas, California, Arizona and New Mexico won’t be a problem.

 

However, as Herman E. Daly, author of “Steady State Economics” said, “If you’ve eaten poison, you must get rid of the substances that are making you ill. Let us then, apply the stomach pump to the doctrines of economic growth that we have been forced-fed for decades.”

 

He makes a point I consider critical in this debate: “We cannot have too many people alive simultaneously lest we destroy carrying capacity and thereby reduce the number of lives possible in all subsequent time periods.”

 

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Frosty Wooldridge Bio: Frosty Wooldridge possesses a unique view of the world, cultures and families in that he has bicycled around the globe 100,000 miles, on six continents and six times across the United States in the past 30 years. His books (more...)
 

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