World population surge imperils environment

July 26, 2010 • Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Joe Bish for sending this editorial from the Bangor Daily News.

The ship Titanic, the crown jewel of the White Star Line, boasted as unsinkable by its owners and foolishly driven by them on that premise to its destruction, is a grave warning to mankind. Our mother ship Earth, captained by fools recklessly ignoring nature’s warnings, is on a parallel course with the Titanic. The population bomb is planet Earth’s iceberg.

America’s rapidly growing population is wreaking havoc on the environment. Because I am a conservationist, I am also a populationist and advocate having a stable population for America and the world.

The pressures associated with population growth are dominating our public discussion with issues such as traffic congestion, school overcrowding, loss of open spaces and increases in municipal taxes, said Robert Puentes, a scholar with the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank. America has become much more urban and crowded. An average of 84 people now live on each square mile, up from 56 per square mile in 1967. Under President Lyndon Johnson, the U.S. had only five cities with at least 1 million in population. Today there are 44 urban areas of this size.

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