Kicking The Can Down The Road: …

Re: “Climate affects water planning” Finley, 9/1/10, Denver Post

As you can see in this article published in the Denver Post today, Colorado faces a severe water-shortage-future as it adds an extra five million people to its already overburdened 5.1 million population in 2010. The reporter asks the usual questions of the usual experts, and scribbles down the ‘usual’ answers. However, none of the experts and none of their answers solve the problem. We cannot simultaneously add five million people to Colorado and solve our scant water supplies no matter how much we conservation.

Have you ever noticed why the media deliberately, methodically and systematically avoids the ‘population equation’? Why do they avoid, evade, ignore and suppress the core cause of water shortages, air pollution and a litany of our environmental dilemmas? Their own kids will be ‘drowning’ in the consequences, yet they steadfastly will not interview anyone that talks about overpopulation.

Therefore, as a straight forward journalist, I encourage you to write the Denver Post editors and ask them yourselves. Or, ask the editors of your own newspaper why they fail and fail “on purpose” to address the overpopulation equation facing America as it accelerates at terrific speed toward adding 100 million people in the next 25 years.

Here’s my letter to the reporters and editors of the Denver post. You may use any or all of it as you wish:

To: Mr. Bruce Finley, journalist, Denver Post, and staff, bfinley@denverpost.com ; Vince Carroll at vcarroll@denverpost.com ; Dan Haley at dhaley@denverpost.com ; Barbara Ellis at bellis@denverpost.com ; Mary Idler at midler@denverpost.com ; openforum@denverpost.com ; columns@denverpost.com

From: Frosty Wooldridge, journalist, www.NationalWritersSyndicate.com

Re: “Climate affects water planning” Finley, 9/1/10, Denver Post

Dear Mr. Finley and Denver Post staff:

Once again, thank you for your excellent report on Colorado and Florida’s water predicament. You could add Arizona, California, Nevada and Georgia to that list.

As scientists continue focusing on ‘carbon footprint’ caused by humans burning 84 million barrels of oil 24/7 as well as billions of tons of coal and enormous amounts of natural gas and wood—we expect accelerating climate destabilization. Additionally, we can expect accelerating water shortages as our population balloons beyond the carrying capacity of Colorado and other states. However, that ‘issue’ never makes it into the equation. In fact, overpopulation remains the most avoided, evaded, suppressed and ignored aspect of water shortages, climate change, species extinction, air pollution, gridlocked traffic, quality of life, etc.

“Every cause is a lost cause, without limiting population,” said Paul Ehrlich, author of Population Bomb.

The question not asked that must be addressed: what does Colorado do when it adds a projected five million people within 40 years? What actions does Colorado take when California adds another 20 million within 30 years and demands that much more water from the Colorado River? How about Arizona adding four million and another million to Nevada by mid century? How will their needs affect Colorado’s needs? At the same time, Florida expects to double its population by another 18 million people. We face another 100 million Americans all needing water. (Source: Fogel/Martin “US Population Projections”)

Instead of interviewing ‘experts’ that address the water crisis and ‘present’ outmoded 20th century solutions, which solve nothing other than kicking the can down the road—could you interview experts that address the water issue or any issue from the ‘population equation’ standpoint in the 21st century. How about asking questions such as, “What will solve this water problem for the short and long term?” “What must Colorado do to ensure water and resources for future generations?” “How can we move toward a sustainable future?” If an interviewee dodges the question—repeat the question to get to the root cause: overpopulation. Obvious long term solution: stable population!

Stellar national experts both scientific and political:

Dr. Albert Bartlett at CU, www.albartlett.org

Dr. John Tanton, www.thesocialcontract.com , johntanton@thesocialcontract.com

Dr. Jack Alpert, www.skil.org

Gov. Richard Lamm

Dr. Diana Hull, dianahull@cox.net

Ms. Joyce Tarnow, tarnowj@bellsouth.net (Florida)

William Dickinson author of “Bio-Centric Imperative”, wdicki2@lsu.edu

Lindsey Grant, Juggernaut, Growth on a Finite Planet; Too Many People, lindsey_grant@msn.com

Richard Heinberg, richardheinberg@postcarbon.org , author Peak Everything: facing a century of declines

Dave Gardner's Hooked on Growth: Our Misguided Quest for Prosperity, Join the cause at www.growthbusters.org ;

Richard Heinberg:

"…the discussions in Denmark took place in a conceptual fantasy world in which climate change is the only global crisis that matters much; in which rapid economic growth is still an option; in which fossil fuels are practically limitless; in which a western middle class staring at the prospect of penury can be persuaded voluntarily to transfer a significant portion of its rapidly evaporating wealth to other nations; in which subsistence farmers in poor nations should all aspire to become middle-class urbanites; and in which the subject of human overpopulation can barely be mentioned. … It's no wonder more wasn't achieved in Copenhagen."

http://us1.campaign-archive.com/?u=

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Without addressing the population issue, we continue kicking the can down the road, but one day, we will be faced with Hobson’s Choice. That will prove most unpleasant.

“We must alert and organize the world's people to pressure world leaders to take specific steps to solve the two root causes of our environmental crises – exploding population growth and wasteful consumption of irreplaceable resources. Over-consumption and overpopulation underlie every environmental problem we face today.” Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Kindest regards,

Frosty Wooldridge, Golden, CO, frostyw@juno.com , www.frostywooldridge.com

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If any of us, no matter what our race, creed or color might be, refuse to engage our U.S. Congress as we have not for 30 years as to the population/immigration equation-our children will find themselves living in a terribly degraded America where the American Dream will be described by the history books as a 'fleeting fantasy' from the era of 1950 to 2010.

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