Population stabilization is not enough to save Earth

As a college undergraduate years ago majoring in forestry and wildlife management, I took an elective philosophy course in logic. One of the key takeaways that I still remember more than three decades later is the crucial distinction between the words “necessary” and “sufficient.”

When it comes to population issues, I often find myself using these two words and drawing the distinction between them, as in the following statement: “Population stabilization is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for environmental sustainability.”

Is Overpopulation Still Taboo?

A recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle was like a flashback to the 1970s for me because it openly linked population growth with overexploited and deteriorating natural resources.

A Tribute to Prof. Al Bartlett

"Can you think of any problem in any area of human endeavor on any scale, from microscopic to global, whose long-term solution is in any demonstrable way aided, assisted, or advanced by further increases in population, locally, nationally, or globally?"

– Prof. Al Bartlett

Renewable Energy Is No Silver Bullet

It is an article of faith among mainstream environmental groups and Chief Pontificator Al Gore that renewable energy sources like wind and solar power are “green,” as in, environmentally friendly.

Earth in Overshoot

Recently the Global Footprint Network in Oakland, Calif., announced that August 20 was Earth Overshoot Day 2013. That is, for this calendar year still in progress, humanity had already exhausted nature’s budget for the entire year, when there were still 133 days left to go.

Violating Nature’s Thresholds Cannot Continue

Starting in the 19th century, humanity crossed over numerous thresholds into unfamiliar territory with an unknown outcome. The steam engine started the ball rolling in the 1800s with locomotives and sprawling factories that mass produced products.

More People → More Energy Use → More Water Use → Energy vs. Water

The California and U.S. populations are bursting at the seams and so is their insatiable hunger for energy.  Because vested interests block them from reducing immigration and stabilizing their populations, in each of recent decades some 4-6 million new energy consumers in California and 27-33 million nationally have been added to our already swollen ranks. 

California’s Toilet-to-Tap Water Future – 'Soylent Green' or Clean?

“Soylent Green is people!” cried Charlton Heston’s character – detective Robert Thorn – in the memorable closing scene of the 1973 sci-fi cult classic film Soylent Green. In this overpopulated, dystopian future vision, a polluted New York City is a hellhole besieged by 40 million long-suffering residents. Coincidentally, 40 million is the number of long-suffering residents California is approaching.

Humans need to think like a life-giving planet

The world has set in motion environmental trends that are threatening civilization itself. We are crossing environmental thresholds and violating deadlines set by nature. Nature is the timekeeper, but we cannot see the clock.

–   Lester Brown, author of Plan B 4.0 Saving Civilization

LA Times Publishes CAPS’ Board Member’s Pro-Environment Letter

On July 17, the Los Angeles Times published my letter in response to its story, "Foes of Border Bill Focus on House."

The text follows:   

I chuckle when I see advocates of curbing immigration attacked for not being truly conservative. We're also attacked as just racists for not being truly liberal supporters of workers and the environment.