With Record Drought it’s Time to Think About Ending Perpetual Population Growth

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By Ed Hartman

A native Californian who has witnessed the impacts of too much growth as the state has steadily added millions of people to its ranks, Ed Hartman is the author of “The Population Fix: Breaking America’s Addiction to Population Growth.”
April 28, 2015

When you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is ... stop digging!

Another month, another slew of suggestions for reducing water usage. Jerry “The Frown” Brown pumps his fist and points his finger at us for not reducing water usage enough. Yes, enough is enough, Jerry. When are you going to acknowledge enough population growth is enough?

When are you going to tell us what you are doing to reduce water users? When are directors of water districts across the state and across the drought-stricken parts of the U.S. Southwest going to unite and tell U.S. politicians enough population growth is enough? When are they going to tell their/our representatives perpetual population growth is ruining the Southwest, just as it has ruined California?

“Ruined California? Who says so?”

Well, according to the Public Policy Institute of California, between 2000 and 2013, some 1.7 million more people left California for other states than moved here from other states. That doesn’t sound like a vote of approval for Gov. Brown’s tenure, does it?

A recent radio report said California hasn’t had a drought like the current one since 1977. It also pointed out California’s population in 1977 was 22 million, not today’s 39 million. So, when our now-predicted 30-year drought occurs, will California’s population be 49, 59 or 69 million?

Will I care? Not then I won’t. Will our grandchildren – your grandchildren – care? I suspect so. I suspect at least some of them will say, “Why didn’t our grandparents and the people they elected do something about perpetual population growth before it was too late?”

But not to worry! Recently the Guv has been heard singing, “The Northwest rain falls mainly on the drain.” So, I’m not revealing any secrets when I tell you he has been negotiating with the governors of Oregon and Washington to take their surplus rain. It will be consolidated and fired to California in a gigantic drainpipe. Jerry plans to call it the “Bullet Drain.” Now, don’t you feel better?


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