Dennis Weaver, True Environmentalist

Here in Pittsburgh, we’re finally coming out of one of the longest, coldest winters in history. One of the ways I survived the dark, frigid nights was watching Gunsmoke reruns. And seeing Dennis Weaver, who played Marshall Matt Dillon’s sidekick Chester Goode,  reminded me that he was was a Hollywood rarity---a true environmentalist. While many like Barbra Streisand give lip service to conservation, Weaver lived his life devoted to preservation of our diminishing natural resources.

Three Things for the Earth Day To-Do List

Here’s my recommended list for Earth Day … and beyond. It’s just three things, but they’re three important ones:

Sierra Club Is Hostile to America

In his April 6, 2013 article: "Dwyer: Sierra Club is Hostile to America"  Mark Andrew Dwyer assailed the Sierra Club's opposition to nuclear energy, saying:

Sierra Club just took on San Onofre, Calif., nuclear power plant, urging the residents to demand cutting public funding for its operation...

California’s Ecological Future and the Popular Perspective on Wildlife Conservation

Increasingly, the inevitable connection between population growth and environmental degradation is being reinforced.  As a recent poll administered by Public Policy Polling revealed, the majority of Americans acknowledge the trade offs associated with growth.  Keep in mind that these trade offs are all the more serious for population increases on the scale that California is currently experiencing.

Linking Solar Power, the Lesser Prairie Chicken and Population

Kermit was right: It’s not that easy being green.

Solar energy, a recent article notes, is less polluting than energy created from burning coal and natural gas – until the production elements are factored in.

Tackling the Taboo: Leading environmental activists and scholars take on population in new book

Book review of Life on the Brink:  Environmentalists Confront Overpopulation (University of Georgia Press, 2012)

When it comes to human overpopulation and the war it is waging on nature, the American environmental establishment has been AWOL for several decades.  Now comes a refreshing new anthology published by the University of Georgia Press that seeks to remind environmentalists of all that is at stake and make them reconsider their dereliction of duty.

The population equation: 80,000 chemicals injected 24/7

As the United States adds 100 million people within the next 25 years, you may feel an uneasy disquietude as the facts pile up that force Americans to make the connection between overpopulation and our deteriorating society. The sheer numbers of humans move us into dangerous territory as to food production, energy usage, water and non-renewable resources.

Former Vice President Al Gore hosted "An Inconvenient Truth" which triggered a rousing debate. Ironically, Gore never mentioned overpopulation.

The population equation: lack of water

"The raging monster upon the land is population growth. In its presence, sustainability is but a fragile theoretical construct. To say, as many do, that the difficulties of nations are not due to people but to poor ideology and land-use management is sophistic," said Harvard biologist Dr. E.O. Wilson.

U.S. Forest Service Report Projects Population Growth Will Dramatically Reduce Water and Open Space

On December 18, the U.S. Forest Service released its report that analyzed resource management trends and challenges for the next 50 years. The study predicts that growing population and increased urban sprawl will lessen water supplies, reduce available open space as well as prime forest land including privately owned forestland.

Participate in an EIS on Population Growth

Now underway is an exciting process that anyone can participate in who is concerned about the effects on the environment generated by growth in the United States through immigration.

So read on about how you can participate!