CAPS Blog - Ric Oberlink

Housing Development Sparks Backlash in California

  Decades of unprecedented population growth has taken its toll on California. Cities in California are among the most polluted in the nation. Water shortages continue to plague swaths of the state. What were once seasonal wildfires in California now rage all year long, fueled by the “wildland-urban Interface,” or areas where human development butt up against nature....

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No, Virginia, the problem is population growth, not population decline

Here we go again. Yet another pundit weighs in that the problem is not population growth, but population decline, or, at least, the potential of population decline sometime in the future. Catherine Rampell in the Washington Post warns about “The demographic time bomb that could hit America.” [source] She makes the common economic fallacy that economic growth requires population...

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Biodiversity. Family planning. What’s the link?

More than 26,000 of the world’s species are now threatened, according to the latest assessment of the natural world from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Over the last year, six more species have been declared extinct, and another 1700 species are listed as critically endangered, possibly extinct.   Why? Too many people using too much stuff. While the poaching of...

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A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words… and Millions of Dollars to Immigration Lawyers

“Follow the money.”                                             - Deep Throat Probably hundreds of millions of people have now seen the famous photo of the crying 2-year-old who has come to illustrate the issue of family separation at the U.S. border. Time splashed it...

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Helping NPR with Basic Journalism on Immigration Issues

I keep six honest serving-men (They taught me all I knew); Their names are What and Why and When And How and Where and Who.                                             ...

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E-Verify, Tight Labor Markets, Wage Increases: That’s Good News

The unemployment rate has fallen to 3.8%, the lowest since 2000, and the black unemployment rate fell to 5.9%, the lowest rate since the government started keeping figures in 1972. That is good news, of course, and even better news is that it may finally spur some wage increases for workers, especially low-income workers. Between 1979 and 2016, pay adjusted for inflation for the bottom fifth of...

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Categories: E-Verify Tags: EVerify, jobs, American jobs, wage

Cutting off Family Planning Funds will Increase Immigration Pressure

Unfortunately, the current administration has cut off U.S. funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). This political football has been tossed back and forth for decades, but, in spite of spurious charges from family planning opponents, a memorandum from the State Department acknowledged there was no evidence of U.N. support for coercion of any kind. The removal of $32.5 million in...

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Letter to the Economist re: World Population at 7 Billion

Editor: Your paper gave short shrift to the problems caused by continuing population growth, even as the world faces severe pressures on resources and food supplies, and suffers a tremendous loss of biodiversity ("A tale of three islands," October 22nd.) Perhaps it is due to your unique take on story problems. You wrote that there “is little new farmland available…, water...

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