America is overpopulated: who is talking?
I wrote an article for the Examiner.com observing that none of the Presidential candidates are addressing America’s overpopulation problem. I wonder if anyone in the NowPublic audience has a concern about this. Here is my story.
“Family planning or left to chance
What is the optimal size for the American family?
Let’s see the presidential candidates’ answers by outcomes.
Obama – two children
Romney – five children
Gallup asks Americans nearly every year what they think the ideal number of children is for a family to have. The answer in 2011 was averaged at 2.5 children. Let’s consider the distribution:
53% of the respondents said “two” children, 33% said three or more; 5% said none or 1 leaving 9% “no opinion.” The mode answer is to replenish and not exceed replacing the parents.
The U.S. population as of June 2011 is 311,591,917. Therefore, if we exercise our “planned” behavior, Americans will add 15,595,958.5 new people to the economy through additional births.
How many additional people do we plan to add by immigration?
What is the optimum size for America? Answering this question approaches the subject of “overpopulation.”
“What is overpopulation?
Overpopulation occurs when an area is populated too heavily for the available resources and the capacity of the environment. When an area is overpopulated, its population cannot be maintained without destroying nonrenewable resources and without affecting the carrying capacity of the environment (the earth’s ability to support current and future inhabitants).
Is overpopulation a problem in the United States?
The U.S. is the only major industrialized country still growing, and we show no signs of stopping. The Census shows we grew by 10 percent between 2000 & 2010--and by 68 percent the last 50 years! You can see evidence of the problem all around you--vanishing open spaces, water and energy shortages, soil erosion, and air pollution, as well as overcrowded schools, urban sprawl, and traffic congestion.
At 311 million Americans, we’re already well over our carrying capacity, and Census projections say we could grow to over 400 million by 2050–that’s another 100 million people to feed, clothe, educate, and house.”
I don’t hear presidential candidates addressing this problem, though the economic symptoms abound indicating that we are outstripping our resources.”