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May 04, 2008

Population concerns

Frank Grimaldi (4/25, Letters) seems to think the Bible gives us license to destroy the Earth. He states that Genesis gives man “dominion over this creation,” and therefore we can do with it what we will.

It’s true that we seem to have dominion over the plants and animals. But we don’t have control over the laws of nature — one law being the law of gravitation, which means we are more or less stuck here on this planet.

If we don’t find a way to limit population growth, Earth will become a barren sewer and our descendants will end up killing each other over food and water.

Maybe that is the fate of humanity, but you can’t blame some optimists for thinking that we are intelligent enough to live in harmony with nature.

Jim Meyer
Lenexa

Comments

Mark Robertson

Some of the most prosperous places on earth are the most populated, such as Singapore and Hong Kong, with about 6,400 per square mile. The U.S. population density is 31 psm. Some of the poorest are some of the least densely populated, such as many of the African countries.
The Sierra Club estimated a few years back that developers in the U.S. build on an additional 400,000 acres annually. That is 0.02% of the U.S. land area. Thus, over the next 50 years, sprawl will consume an additional 1% of U.S. land.
Everyone on the planet could fit in the state of Connecticut standing 3 feet apart, and half of the state would be left over.
Every household in the world could fit in the state of Texas with a house and average size yard. Thankyou.

Mark Robertson
Independence

Mark Robertson

There is a population problem in the world, a birth dearth. As Sammy points out, Europe is dying, with birthrates averaging about 1.5 children per woman, well below the replacement rate of 2.1. The U.S. is right at the replacement rate.
Industrialization may be a factor, but faith may be the major factor. The U.S. has a vibrant faith community. Active faith, including church attendance, is greatly waning in Europe.
The claim of overpopulation is just more leftist propaganda with a likely basis in control. Thankyou.

Mark Robertson
Independence

Engineer

devin
I really believe Sammy has presented the answer. Malthus and his disciples have been wrong consistently since he made his first forecasts of doom and gloom. One of his most well know followers, a true believer in "man caused global warming", who once said we would all starve to death by 1980. He was also a true believer in the "coming ice age" back in the 1970s. My motto is "Affluence Is Population Control".

Sammy

Read Mark Steyn's book, America Alone. He has a great analysis of birth rates around the world. As nations become more industrialized, birth rates drop. Kids go from being assets (farm hands) to liabilities (college education).

America's core birth rate is just barely above the replacement rate. European birth rates are in the tank. Both of these countries are growing mainly due to immigration from lesser developed countries.

As the large lesser developed countries become industrialized (another 40 or 50 years), the birth rates will fall off.

devin

Ah, the Myth of the Myth of Overpopulation...

Marctnts

Ah, the Myth of Overpopulation...

jack

We will control our population. If we can't or won't control ourselves, old mamma earth will do it for us.

solomon

Part of "dominion over the earth" is that we've been killing over food and water since the beginnings of "civilization".

Rogue

OHmmm, Ohmmmm another water melon idiot.

 
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