Pray to God that our nation’s leaders come to their senses before this ever happens. It’s imperative that they understand that economists and corporations, interested only in macroeconomic numbers like GDP, total sales volume and profits are taking this country in a direction that is destroying our quality of life and driving up unemployment and poverty.
“‘What do we do now to start preparing for that?’ asks Arthur Nelson, co-director of the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech, whose analysis projects that the USA will hit the 1 billion mark sometime between 2100 and 2120. ‘It’s a realistic long-term challenge.’”
Instead of wasting effort on preparing for one billion people, here’s an idea, Arthur: start raising awareness of overpopulation and start talking about how to stabilize our population!
“‘We have a surprising amount of space in existing urban areas,’ he says. ‘We can easily triple the population in our urbanized areas with much of that growth occurring on, of all things, parking lots.’”
And thus we will then be experiencing the very effects of overpopulation that I have warned of in Five Short Blasts. Come on, Mr. Nelson, use your head. What will all those people do for a living when our per capita consumption falls to a fraction of today’s level. There is no other United States we can turn to as an export market to sustain our bloated work force in the same way that other overpopulated nations use us.
“Nelson, who will become the founding director of the Center for the New Metropolis at the University of Utah this fall, says many events from disease to famine could throw his projections off course.
‘We could certainly have a comet hit the planet and pulverize the atmosphere,’ he says. ‘But what if none of these things happen? … Do we plan on a calamity, do we assume that half the population’s planet might be wiped out? I don’t think that’s very responsible.’”
Nor do I, Mr. Nelson. Neither is it very realistic. That’s what led me to think beyond such scenarios to find the real limitation of human population, the collision between falling per capita consumption and rising productivity, resulting in unemployment and poverty. It’s poverty, history’s number one killer, that will eventually get us if we’re not smart enough to take action now.
Somewhere, God is looking down on us and just shaking his head.