“Redwoods Or Immigrants?” That`s America`s Choice On Earth Day 2007


April 22
is Earth Day.

But for

genuine environmentalists
, April truly is the

cruelest month
. So many of those who claim to care
about the health of the planet are stuck in an ideology
that ignores the obvious: As

Jacques Cousteau
observed:
"Population
growth is
the primary
source of


environmental
damage."

And the

elected officials
most insistent that action be
taken on

climate change
are often the same ones who want to
welcome unlimited foreigners to the country with the

largest environmental footprint
: the U.S.

The signs
are everywhere that the United States is full—and then
some.

  • Arizona
    has an arid climate (hence
    the name
    ), but it has recently received even
    less-than-normal rain. The vital reservoir Lake
    Powell fell by nearly 80 feet as of 2003 and is now
    at its

    lowest level
    since it was filled in 1980. A
    recent Tucson headline read

    Water crisis possible here within 3 years
    ,
    because spring runoff into Lake Powell has been
    below normal for 9 of the past 11 years. The fire
    season will start earlier this year and ranchers
    will have less water for stock. Tucson may face
    water restrictions by 2010. Yet Arizona is the

    fastest growing state
    in terms of population
    growth.

And even
if we could solve the technical problems presented by
immigration—what about the

amenity issue?
Do we really want the

sprawl
?

One
"solution"
to water shortfall:

recycling
, a strategy in the pipeline of some
southern California communities. But a serious drawback
is the health concern that

residual drugs
and other undesired substances may
remain after treatment. Even purified sewage may contain
common contaminants like detergents, fragrances,
caffeine, estrogen and painkillers.

Droughts
come and go. They are a normal part of nature. But when
humans overpopulate a dry region like Arizona and expect
to have

lush greenery,
at some point the

supply of water
is not going to keep up with the

demand
. If the

"permanent drought"
predicted for the Southwest
is for real, then importing additional tens of millions
of people over the next few decades is terrible public
policy—with predictable results.

Another
disturbing marker: the U.S. is now a

food importer
after being a food exporter for many
years. The U.S. has been the food supplier

to the world
in

times of starvation
—but

farmland is now being lost
to soil degradation and
development.

Exploding
population growth, whether from legal or illegal
immigration, is causing some of America`s best farmland
to be paved over. A

study in California
found roughly 26 acres of
farmland were removed from production each day between
2002 and 2004.

In just two years, more than
18,800 acres of farmland in several San Joaquin Valley
counties became subdivisions, shopping malls or other
developments, setting a new state record for loss of
farmland, according to newly released state data. A
healthy real estate and construction market spurred
farmers in Fresno, Kings, Madera, Tulare and Merced
counties to sell 18,801 acres between June 2002 and June
2004.
[San
Joaquin Farmland Disappearing At Record Rate

Associated Press, February14, 2007]


Food availability
is an interesting topic. It`s part
environment and part national security. Being dependent
on a volatile and unfriendly global marketplace for food
puts us in just as precarious a position as

not having our own energy supply.
The 800 pound
Chinese gorilla is about to make its presence known in
both areas.

Environmentalist Lester Brown
has been warning for

years
that food security is threatened by China,
which rapidly has become the

world`s largest wheat importer
. It has quickly gone
from basket case to

powerful
food buyer with the

cash in hand
to purchase what it wants. The global
food market will likely feel the effects over the next
years.


Al Gore
testified before House and Senate panels in
March to promote

climate change awareness
and action. But as usual,
the discussion left out the real "root cause"—a
phrase which liberals love, for some reason—namely

explosive human population growth,

upsetting nature`s restorative function.

Neither
Gore nor the

professional greenies
like the
Sierra Club
are willing to take on the topic of
immigration, or even population growth generally. Since
the Sierra Club renounced its bipartisan past to join up
with the

extreme left
like MoveOn.org and George Soros, its
opinions have lost currency among the public as a whole.
Many Americans now regard the Sierra Club (rightly) as

irrelevant socialists
in hiking boots.

As we say
in my home state of

Texas
(April 21 is

San Jacinto Day
!): when you`re in a hole, stop
digging. America should not be encouraging massive
population growth through immigration, illegal

and legal
.
Yet, many of the Democrats who were hanging on Al Gore`s
every word have the worst immigration voting records,
e.g.

Sen Boxer
with a recent grade of

D
.

We know
there is some tiny awareness among the political elites
that there are numerical (and political) limits. In the
previous Congress, hurried changes were made to the

downright evil
Senate

bill
to reduce its expanded legal immigration from a

possible 200 million
over 20 years to 66 million.
No one had

bothered to calculate the numbers
until Robert
Rector of the Heritage Foundation did the Senators` work
for them.

From the
conservationist view, increased legal immigration is
just as bad as millions of illegals streaming through
open borders. The optimal number of immigrants vis a
vis
environmental concerns is:

zero
.


ZERO.

No more, nix, nada.
After bingeing

on population growth
for decades, America needs a
diet. We are already hugely overpopulated, in terms of
sustaining natural resources for our own use and that of
future generations. Let`s give it a rest.

Reportedly a recent pro-borders rally at

UC Santa Cruz
included a young person who held a
sign reading "Redwoods
or

immigrants
?"

That`s
the bottom line. We can protect the remaining

natural glories
of this American land—or we can live
increasingly regimented,

overcrowded
lives

surrounded by pavement
.

VDARE.COM`s

Earth Day
question: which is it to be?


Brenda Walker (
email
her)
lives
in Northern California and publishes two websites,


LimitsToGrowth.org
and


ImmigrationsHumanCost.org
.
She agrees with


Mark Twain`s
remark,
"Whiskey`s for drinking; water`s for fighting."

Here`s to water!