To save the Earth, vote Republican

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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.

Mark Damon

Republican

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Dreamer from Oak Park  

Posted: July 15th, 2014 4:26 PM

Mr. Damon:with or without immigration,population growth would continue.People living longer is a much better explanation for our increased population. On to my real point.In the 1970's,Paul Ehrlich's "Population Bomb" was all the rage on college campuses and in the mass media.Predictions of mass starvation and proposals for forced sterilization were just a couple of the kooky ideas.At the same time,we were being warned of the coming "Ice Age",or global cooling.These alarmists are usually wrong.

Stuart Leitch from Rockford  

Posted: June 20th, 2014 7:43 AM

Mr. Damon is half right: population growth and deforestation are two of the worst problems of our time. But reducing immigration wouldn't make much difference. The problem is worldwide: isolation wouldn't help and might make things worse.

Nature lover  

Posted: June 18th, 2014 5:30 PM

If taking care of the Earth were so simple.... It's our consumerist and disposable goods culture and its spread across the globe.

Voter  

Posted: June 18th, 2014 5:02 PM

Agree with Nope and add - drive less, consume less and dare I say, be conservative with our resources. Generous (obscene) subsidies to oil and gas producers and factory farms distorts the market for those, making renewable and sustainable methods more expensive by comparison and less attractive to investment. Mr Damon, when will the republican platform address that?

Nope  

Posted: June 18th, 2014 4:52 PM

So yes, we need to address the concerns around feeding the world population but the answer isn't stopping immigration. Its education, its access to affordable health care (i.e. birth control), its coming up with better ways to feed people that don't ravage our resources.

Nope  

Posted: June 18th, 2014 4:51 PM

This is absurd. First of all, the population is exploding worldwide because people are living longer than ever before in history including the lowest infant mortality rates. Second, to say that the US population is exploding due to immigration thus this is causing havoc on the environment is to miss the point that WORLD population is exploding so regardless of where they live, the need to feed all of these people still exists whether they live here or somewhere else.

Unfortunately  

Posted: June 18th, 2014 3:34 PM

Then try this link: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/28/opinion/sunday/douthat-when-the-assimilation-of-immigrants-stalls.html I also recommend reading the comments. Point? Just saying that you know a few Hispanics and that any one questioning your POV is racist.......is just another way, IMO, of not being interested in debate or information. Fortunately, I believe/hope that this POV is not shared by many other WJ readers. That even includes Mr. Gevinson!

Nice try  

Posted: June 18th, 2014 3:05 PM

Your link seems to address cultural ties and education. So...? As for Mr. Damon's concern for the planet...is he willing to do without and pick up the economic slack that would be created if we shut the door? I'm guessing not. It's not really a legit answer even if there were an actual problem. We can talk resource use, but immigration status has nothing to do with that. Water shortages in the West aren't being caused by Mexicans. The whole thing is just a silly way to say he doesn't like them.

Unfortunately  

Posted: June 18th, 2014 2:43 PM

@Nice Try. Did you read my NPR link? You've made no comment regarding Mr. Damon's environmental concerns, either. I'll now play what appears to be your game: you are a racist! Why do I say this? Because you live in an overwhelmingly white community and not Austin or Berwyn. Therefore, you must be a racist. Also, Gevinson is a racist! Why? He chose to live and teach in the then, per him, racist OP. He could have taught at CPS or Proviso East, but he chose lily white OPRF. Yep, a "racist" choice.

Nice try  

Posted: June 18th, 2014 1:26 PM

Mr. Damon's letter is anti-immigrant. Wrapping up his argument in an absurd environmental logic was just a fun, new twist on xenophobia. We're a nation of immigrants. Immigrants are a primary driver of our economy. And, knowing some, they're great people.

Unfortunately  

Posted: June 18th, 2014 12:51 PM

@Nice Try. Pardon my ignorance, but on what basis do you claim that Mr. Damon wrote "an ignorant, racist letter"? I thought his main concern was the impact of an approx 50% increase in US population creating tremendous ecological/environmental damage? Your first response was that this increase was necessary for "fertility" (btw, why?). Now it's that his environmental concerns make him a racist? You and Gevinson are proud Democrats and live in Cook County/ILL and want this model for US? Not me!

Nice try  

Posted: June 18th, 2014 11:43 AM

@Unfortunately The GOP is in danger of becoming irrelevant in big national elections partly because of their anti-immigration stance. But it's Mr. Damon's right to write an ignorant, racist letter if he wants. It was entertaining as much as it was idiotic.

Unfortunately  

Posted: June 18th, 2014 9:21 AM

@Nice Try. I understand your point, but don't you understand the Damon/Unfortunately "point" of focusing on the negatives of an approx 50% increase in US population between 1980 and today? Further, go to this link: http://www.npr.org/2011/10/12/141259490/economic-progress-lags-for-u-s-born-children-of-mexican-immigrants and you'll further understand why many people are not believing that "fertility rates" of most immigrants are a positive harbinger for the US.

Nice try  

Posted: June 18th, 2014 8:54 AM

Unfortunately, google "fertility rate." We're at record lows. Which is true in Western nations, generally.

Unfortunately  

Posted: June 18th, 2014 8:44 AM

@Nice Try. One word, "huh?" The population of the US increases by more than 100,000,000 since 1980 and you write "the only reason the US is anywhere near replacement population level is immigration"? An approx increase of 100M in around 30 years is MUCH more than "replacement population"! Aren't you supporting Mr. Damon's point on how levels of US immigration are negatively affecting resource depletion of the planet? Perhaps you like local population sprawl and congestion - I don't. Vote Rep!

Nice try  

Posted: June 18th, 2014 8:05 AM

Mr. Damon, the only reason the US is anywhere near replacement population level is immigration. People who are native born aren't having enough babies. Nice try at using pseudo-environmentalism to justify your immigrant hating. Next time, do some demographics research though.

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