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Frosty Wooldridge

Overpopulation in America: How Far Down the Rabbit Hole?
By Frosty Wooldridge 
 
As a student or faculty of Michigan State University, please accept your invitation to speak out on the most avoided, evaded, ignored and suppressed issue in America today: human overpopulation.
 
When I graduated from MSU in 1970, the USA sported 200 million people. The world featured 3.5 billion.  In a short 44 years, America bursts its britches with 319 million while the world explodes with 7.2 billion.  Humanity adds another 1 billion every 12 years on its way to 10.1 billion by 2050—a scant 36 years from now.
 
Yet, no world leader or US politician whispers a sentence about humanity’s ultimate predicament.   Since I bicycled over 150,000 miles across six continents, from the Arctic to Antarctica, and nearly 100 countries, I witnessed accelerating destruction of our oceans, rain forests, rivers, biosphere and wildlife.  Humans devour everything in their path like a Michigan wheat combine gulping the summer’s harvest—nonstop.
 
Nobel Laureate Dr. Henry W. Kendall said, “If we don’t halt population growth with justice and compassion, it will be done for us by nature, brutally and without pity – and will leave a ravaged world.”
 
In my pedaling journey through China, Asia and Bangladesh, I witnessed human misery and compaction on a scale that cannot be described.  In South America, I watched them burn and demolish millions of acres enough to destroy the weather patterns so vital to biodiversity.
 
In my scuba diving adventures under the waves, I watched plastic form the 100 million ton “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” bigger than Texas and 60 to 90 feet deep in places. It kills endless millions of sea creatures.
 
While in Antarctica, I reported on top scientists discovering the global “Climate Change” models 15 years ago that announced humanity’s accelerating carbon footprint and its ultimate destination of climate destabilization worldwide.
 
While I marched against the Vietnam War back in the 60s, you’re invited to save your future and that of your children’s lives by marching, speaking up, writing and causing enough commotion to begin the most discussion in the 21st century:  the need for human population stabilization.  You must address “carrying capacity” ; “end of the Age of Oil”; “mass species extinction at over 100 creatures per day in 2014” ;  “acidified oceans” ; “poisoned rivers” ; “quality of life” ; “standard of living”.
 
As human numbers explode through “exponential growth”, your quality of life and that of North American degrades, declines and vitiates beyond recovery.
 
America added 106 million people from 1965 to 2007.  Demographic experts showed 300 million more people living in America in October 2006.  They expect an added 100 million by 2040.   The consequences will be irreversible and unsolvable.
 
As population rises, carrying capacity drops.  What is “carrying capacity?”  For a quick rendition, it means, “the amount resources on a given piece of land to allow long term sustainable human, plant and animal life.”
 
If animals or humans exceed ‘carrying capacity’ of any given land mass, they crash in numbers by various means, i.e., famine, war and disease.
 
For the 6.7 billion humans in the 21st century, oil resources will define that capacity quotient.  Noted Geologist Walter Youngquist said, “This is going to be an interesting decade, for the perfect storm is brewing—energy, immigration and oil imports.  China grows in direct confrontation for remaining oil.  I think the USA is on a big, slippery down hill slope.  Will the thin veneer of civilization survive?” To see how fast we grow, visit www.populationmedia.com
 
Youngquist continued, “Beyond oil, population is the number one problem of the 21st century, for when oil is gone as we know and use it today—and it WILL be gone—population will still be here.”
 
Dr. Albert Bartlett of the University of Colorado said, “Present population growth rate is putting our children at risk.  They will experience holes in the ozone causing serious biological effects on plants and humans.  World ocean fisheries are collapsing from endless plundering.  Two thirds of the world’s people will suffer from water shortages by 2025.  It is not possible to sustain population growth or growth in rates of consumption of resources.”
 
Where is the worst overpopulation problem on the planet according to Dr. Bartlett?  “It’s right here in the United States!”
 
Dr. Bartlett said, “Can you think of any problem, on any scale, from microscopic to global, whose long-term solution is in any demonstrable way, aided, assisted, or advanced, by having continued population growth—at the local level, the state level, the national level, or globally?”
 
How many people in the United States are enough?  How far down the rabbit hole do we want to dig ourselves?  At what point is enough—too much?  If we shut down the borders today with zero immigration, while enjoying our sustainable 2.03 fertility level of American women on average, we would still grow via ‘population momentum’ by an added 40 million.
 
In other words, we’re painting ourselves into a perilous corner. Once the numbers manifest, our society will suffer irreversible consequences with unsolvable problems.  One visit to Los Angeles will show you they suffer toxic air, dwindling safe drinking water, gridlock to the point of insanity, water shortages, endless highways and housing development.  Consider San Francisco, Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Detroit, Denver and all other large cities grow beyond the bounds of reason!  
 
Sustainable growth, slow growth, managed growth, smart growth and all other kinds of growth prove oxymoronic.  Sustainable growth cannot be sustained.  Why? All growth exceeds carrying capacity at some point.  In other words, the bubble bursts, the dam breaks, the glass spills, the balloon pops and the red-lined engine blows up.
 
“Population growth is given as a cause of the problems identified, but eliminating the cause is not mentioned as a solution,” Bartlett said. “We are prescribing aspirin for cancer.”
 
At the current rate of growth driven by immigration, America will double its population just past mid century—from 300,000,000 to 600,000,000.  As long as the underlying cause of a problem is not dealt with, we, and our leaders, as a nation, perpetuate a falsehood which Mark Twain called ‘silent-assertion’:  “Almost all lies are acts,” he said.  “I am speaking of the lie of ‘silent-assertion’.  It would not be possible for a humane and intelligent person to invent a rational excuse for slavery; yet you will remember that in the early days of emancipation in the North, agitators got small help from anyone.  They could not break the universal stillness that reigned from the pulpit and press all the way down to the bottom of society--the clammy stillness created and maintained by the lie of silent-assertion that there wasn’t anything going on in which intelligent people were interested.”
 
‘Silent-assertion’ worked until it brought China, India and Bangladesh to their knees with sheer misery of numbers.  How do I know?  I’ve spent a lot of time in Asia and other overpopulated regions.  China, even with enforced one child per family, grows by 10 million annually. India, with 1.1 billion, adds even more yearly.  Bangladesh suffers 144 million people in a landmass the size of Ohio.  Do you see anyone racing to immigrate to those havens of human overload?
 
Albert Einstein said, “The problems in the world today are so enormous they cannot be solved with the level of thinking that created them.”
 
We are no longer living in the 20th century America with only 75 million people riding horses or trains.  We’re in the 21st century with cars and jets and 300 million people added to the 6.6 billion on the planet--creating horrific environmental consequences.  Again, we had to change our ‘silent-assertion’ about slavery and we MUST change our ‘silent-assertion’ about population growth and economic growth.  If we continue steaming full speed ahead like the captain of the Titanic, our children will be on board when we hit the peak oil, global warming, ozone holes, collapsing species, air pollution and other commensurate problems related to the overpopulation “iceberg.”  Most died on the Titanic because there weren’t enough life boats.
 
Take Action: www.thesocialcontract.com ; www.numbersusa.comwww.capsweb.org ; www.balance.org
 
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