CAPS Issues

The Population and Immigration Ponzi Scheme

By Leon Kolankiewicz
May 2014

Carlo Pietro Giovanni Guglielmo Tebaldo Ponzi (1882-1949) was an Italian immigrant to America better known as Charles Ponzi. Of course he was the swindler who in the early 1920s bilked his clients out of $20 million—worth more than $240 million in 2014 dollars.

OverPOPulation in POP Culture

By Leon Kolankiewicz, CAPS Senior Writing Fellow
September 2013

Our celebrity-saturated pop culture has long been mesmerized by romance between those anointed by the media as Beautiful and Important People. The results of romance between the stars—baby bulges and booms; glowing, expectant moms; doting or distant dads, and the ever-so-adorable starlet toddlers—are also a staple of the star-struck gossip rags whose blaring headlines and scandalous images clamor for attention from shoppers in the supermarket checkout lines.


By Leon Kolankiewicz, CAPS Senior Writing Fellow
July 2013
In his classic 1986 book, Cadillac Desert, the late author Marc Reisner argued that explosive population growth and development in the American Southwest were on an inevitable collision course with the fundamental hydrological realities of an implacably arid region.

Population Growth: The ‘Not’ in Not Sustainable

By Otis L. Graham, Jr.
July 2013

The end of the Cold War freed up more worry time for people inclined to ponder how both the global human and environmental condition might be improved. A report published in the early 1990s after the collapse of the Soviet Union showed how many other things had careened out of control during the years that we had spent focused on nuclear annihilation as we practiced “duck and cover” in classrooms:

“Since 1900, the world’s population has multiplied more than three times … The consumption of fossil fuels has grown by a factor of 30 and industrial production by a factor of 50. Much of that growth … is unsustainable. Earth’s basic life-supporting capital … is being depleted.”
- Jim MacNeill, Pieter Winsemius and Taizo Yakushiji Beyond Interdependence: The Meshing of the World’s Economy and the Earth’s Ecology (1991)

Too Hot To Touch? Global Warming, Population and Denial

December 2012
By Leon Kolankiewicz, CAPS Senior Writing Fellow

Most Americans sense that climate change is happening. They cannot help but notice the dramatic weather changes of the last decade.

Yet many Americans and politicians deny that the carbon emissions produced by man contribute to global warming. They cannot reconcile what the world’s eminent scientists are saying — that greenhouse gases are speeding up the rate of global warming. These same Americans and citizens of other nations belittle the scientists’ warnings that the planet and society as we know it today are in peril. And especially, they do not connect overpopulation with climate change.

Islands Invaded, Natives Nuked

October 2012
By Leon Kolankiewicz, CAPS Senior Writing Fellow
In the 1830s, the unique fauna of the isolated and remote Galápagos Islands inspired the imagination of a 26-year old gentleman naturalist named Charles Darwin. The frequently seasick Darwin was participating on a five-year voyage of exploration and discovery aboard the survey ship HMS Beagle.

Overpopulation Overwhelms Salmon

April 2012
By Leon Kolankiewicz, CAPS Senior Writing Fellow

Zoologists refer to a select few species of wild creatures as “charismatic.” That is, they possess one or more characteristics we humans find immensely admirable or attractive—for example, their size, cuteness, ferocity, swiftness, intelligence, regality or agility—such that they attract a wide and devoted following.

Think polar bears, pandas, elephants, koalas, chimpanzees, whales, dolphins, bald eagles.

Overpopulation and the Ocean

April 2012
By Leon Kolankiewicz, CAPS Senior Writing Fellow
In fact, of course, not a single human being actually lives permanently in or atop the oceans, submarine or no. If one doesn’t count the tens of thousands of sailors, crews and passengers transiting the seas at any one moment, the human population density of the vast oceans per se is zero persons per square mile.

Cassandra’s Heirs – Can We Improve on Her Fate?

By Leon Kolankiewicz
Twenty-seven years ago, at a 1985 conference in Texas, prominent activists and academics convened to consider the planet’s plight and their own. The planet’s plight included the impending, overpopulation- related calamities of climate change, threatened food supplies, depletion of energy resources, an epidemic of extinctions, acid rain, toxic wastes and nuclear warfare, among others.

Analysis of 2010 Census Misses the Mark

July 2011
By Leon Kolankiewicz, CAPS Senior Writing Fellow
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, from 1990 to 2000, an already bloated U.S. population grew by nearly 33 million (from 248 to 281 million), more than any decade since the Bureau began keeping track in 1790, when there were only 4 million Americans in total. Thus, in a mere 10 years, eight times as many people were added as there were altogether in our country some two centuries earlier, in a stark demonstration of the stunning power of what is known as compound, exponential, or geometric growth.