Ignore the Bluster of Demographic Winter Alarmists

May 7, 2010 • PMC in the News

Congratulations to Joe Bish for having this column distributed by Cagle Syndication Service to 800 U.S. newspapers and magazines.

Can you visualize 850 jumbo jets landing at your local airport today and each deplaning 250 people? If so, you will have a good grasp of daily, real-time global population growth.

Indeed, human numbers increase by over 200,000 every 24 hours. Every minute, 150 additional people need energy, water, food, and space to inhabit. By year’s end, that results in a 78 million person increase. It also creates demand for a significant amount of new resources the Earth must yield.

Arguably, on a planet already showing troublesome effects of a degraded, carelessly exploited environment, this extra passenger load is not good news. It was just in 1999 that we surpassed 6 billion humans, and in less than 2 years, we will pass 7 billion. In light of these trends, many respectable, hard-working environmental advocacy organizations argue that voluntary human population stabilization should be central to our efforts at sustainable development.

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