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Setting the stage for America’s degraded future—population impact

December 11, 2010

Part 1…

OverpopulationBy writing about severe consequences heading, like a Hurricane Katrina, toward not just New Orleans five years ago, but every state in America–readers chastise me. They question past titles like, ‘Consequences of Too Many People; ‘Too Many People, Too Few Solutions; and ‘America’s Coming Overpopulation Crisis’. They feel the columns’ themes did not apply to them or wouldn’t happen to them. They are correct—it won’t happen to them—it will happen to their children.

If our nation keeps thinking like the people of New Orleans–that it won’t happen to them–think again. Look at millions living in the earthquake arena of California. It is not a question of if, but when the 9.5 scale quake hits. New Orleans was not a question of if, but when. Same goes for those living in Florida’s hurricane alley. If you travel west, you see people building homes on the cliffs of California when contractors told them that rains would cause slides. They built anyway and look what happened the last two years during the rainy season. What about those building in fire areas of California? Did you not see their homes burn in the past two years?

What I seek to convey to the American public stems from my bicycle travels on six continents and through the most densely populated countries of the world. I’ve seen the misery, suffering, debasement of human living conditions and I’ve witnessed that once human numbers exceeded carrying capacity, all life suffers. Examine China, India, Africa and Bangladesh for starters. They grow worse by the day. They can’t solve their numbers once manifested.

Several readers ask if I follow Thomas Malthus’ “Essay on the Principle of Population,” or, they don’t agree with me based on the size of the United States. Many who pursue a religious course, say “God will provide.”  What they neglect to realize is, according to the March 14, 2005, issue of Time Magazine, 18 million people starve to death around the planet annually. Therefore, it is not an issue of Malthus or God; it is an issue of a growing reality that humanity is outstripping the planet’s ability to feed, water and clothe the growing ‘human storm’ on this planet.

More sobering, humans add 80 million net gain annually on our way from 6.8 billion to 9.8 (high estimate by Population Reference Bureau and supporting estimates by www.balance.org and www.npg.org) billion around 2050.

Anyone can live in denial all they want, but like Hurricane Katrina, reality will strike when the storm hits. In other words, those that scoff at me can sit back just like five days before Katrina hit, and drink coffee on the back porch. But when it hits and you didn’t evacuate, you become one of the victims. And, as Time and Newsweek graphically reported, our children. We failed the most innocent of all by our lack of action.

In this two part column, I quote many brilliant people who know this ‘population Katrina storm’ heads our way. At the end, I add my own quote to the fast approaching crisis of overpopulation.

When I talk about the crisis of overpopulation in America, plenty of already manifested realities sober any rational mind. The quality of our lives deteriorates daily as we add three million people annually to our shores. The standard of living drops like a brick with millions of added people. But let me quote those who know more and are the leaders from the past and present.

“We must prevent human tragedy rather than run around trying to save ourselves after an event has already occurred. Unfortunately, history clearly shows that we arrive at catastrophe by failing to meet the situation, by failing to act when we should have acted. The opportunity passes us by and the next disaster is always more difficult and compounded than the last one.” Eleanor Roosevelt

You may not like Eleanor, but her words ring true. What if former President George Obama had been a competent president and installed a competent man as director of FEMA? Instead, he appointed an incompetent man, Mike Brown, who was fired from a ten year job as president of an Arabian horse association. How was he supposed to lead a major federal agency with his ‘good ole boy’ connections? Obama’s ineptness and his own incompetence expressed itself in Brown who manifested incompetence before and during Katrina.

We must endure two more years of Obama’s lack of understanding of our predicament. Obama manifests the “Peter Principle” (most persons in corporate America rise to their highest level of incompetence; once there, they make everyone under them miserable, and they can’t grab the reins). Obama lacks the intellectual or cognitive ability to grow out of his incompetence.

Eleanor stands right on the money and we will pay the consequences for such observable incompetence as Obama muddles through his last two years. When it comes to the immigration invasion of three million people crashing onto our shores annually, Obama doesn’t have a clue as to the critical impact and danger to future generations due to sheer numbers.  He’s like a blind watchmaker.

So what do other brighter minds say about the worsening crisis of overpopulation in America?

“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 squandering of a rich national heritage.” Dr. Lee Marland

Look at that quote and tell me you don’t feel it in your community with all the illegal aliens and non absorbing legal immigrants who can’t and won’t speak English, but use and abuse our system for their own purposes. Tell me you think our country can continue, with dozens of other languages and Stone Age cultures that don’t assimilate into what is America as a First World country.

“The two-generation indirect immigration, i.e., including the births to foreign-born mothers, explained the incredible 98 percent of California’s growth between 1990 and 2000.” Dr. Leon Bouvier

Anyone want to move to the beautiful Los Angeles area anytime soon? I would need my head examined for sanity if I wanted to move into that grinding traffic, three million illegal aliens and nine million legal immigrant quagmire. Immigration provoked growth from 17 million in 1965 to over 38 million today. They suffer gridlock, air pollution, crime, disease, mountains of trash, Mexico’s slums and a non English speaking populace, which is more anti-American than Castro.

As you sit reading this column, are the lights turning on? Are you connecting the dots? Do you see the growing calamity about to visit, possibly not you, but definitely your children here in the once limitless USA? Exploding gas prices present harbingers of our future. Air pollution grows thicker with every added person. Farmland diminishes as  asphalt and concrete cover it. I spent the summer bicycling 4,000 miles across the USA. Gas costs $3.00 a gallon.

In Europe, gas costs $6.00 a gallon and as high as $8.00 a gallon in places. Forests have vanished under farmland. People live, not in homes, but are stuffed into apartments. They drive automobiles that feature only two doors for the driver and passenger and their feet are almost touching the bumper of the Smart cars—that look like upside down teacups. If you crash, sorry, you’re toast.

In the second part of this series, we will pursue the growing realities of ignoring the current population growth of America at five million annually. When you take five million and multiply by 60 years, you add 300 million or a doubling of the US population from 295 million to 600 million. If you think the gridlock, air pollution, acid rain, diminishing cropland, congestion, failing health systems, global warming, species extinction is bad now, you ain’t seen nothing yet! In other words, Population Katrina will hit all 50 states in 2035. But even before that date, it will degrade all our lives with too many people, shrinking freedoms, diminished resources, water wars, diseases, maddening traffic and worsening air pollution.

I’m going to add my quote to all these other people. THE MORE EXTREME OUR NUMBERS, THE MORE EXTREME OUR CHILDREN’S CONSEQUENCES.

Unless, of course, you decide to get involved in your children’s future.


Frosty Wooldridge has bicycled across six continents – from the Arctic to the South Pole – as well as six times across the USA, coast to coast and border to border. In 2005, he bicycled from the Arctic Circle, Norway to Athens, Greece.

He presents “The Coming Population Crisis in America: and what you can do about it” to civic clubs, church groups, high schools and colleges. He works to bring about sensible world population balance at his website: www.frostywooldridge.com

Frosty Wooldridge is a regular columnist for Novakeo.com


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    Frosty, as usual, has it right. For god’s sake if we can’t muster up the courage to take the necessary steps to decrease our population for ourselves, let’s at least do it for our children. That should be a challenge that no one can turn away from.
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