I stopped getting Wednesday Journal years ago, due to its grade-school-type reporting and articles. However, I happened to pick up an issue while waiting at the vet's office and feel compelled to write to you about climate change and our environment.
It appears that you are unaware of the biggest force behind climate change. It is population growth. Population growth is responsible for the world's unsustainable demand for ever-increasing energy consumption. More cars, planes, buses, etc. Every home and apartment needs lighting to be heated.
Ahh, you say, if we had Green Energy then pop growth would not matter. Wrong, people need places to live and work. More people also means more roads, buildings, houses, parking lots, McDonald's, etc. All of this leads to severe habitat loss for animals and the felling of forests. Trees are priceless in absorbing carbon and cooling the Earth. Cities become "heat islands" unto themselves.
More people need more food, which means we need more tillable land. All of this is driving us to the tipping point where over 50% of the Earth is needed for human agriculture and housing. Once this occurs, scientists feel we will not be able to turn the tide.
The U.S. population was about 227 million in 1980 and now is about 322 million. We have the third largest population in the world and are the top consumer of natural resources in the world per capita. We continue to grow, with estimates of 400 million within the next few decades. Is this growth rate sustainable? Is this growth good for the environment? Is it good that we consume the world's resources and pollute it at an unprecedented rate?
So then the logical question becomes what is driving our population growth? The answer is unsustainable levels of immigration, both legal and illegal. We allow millions of new citizens every year without discussion of what is a sustainable growth rate, given our resources. We have water shortages in the West with talk of diverting water from the Great Lakes. We are covering pristine ground with concrete to build new McDonald's.
This is the real Inconvenient Truth. We are on a path to environmental disaster yet have the means to protect our future. Once people become Americans, their rate of consumption explodes in comparison to their home country rate of consumption.
Once you become aware of the facts, you realize if you really want to save the Earth, you need to vote Republican.
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