U.S. Immigration and the Limits of Supporting Earth Resources

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The problem of immigration and supply of supporting Earth resources can be expressed simply in the fact that more people use more resources. The physical standard of living is a function of how many resources each individual can command either directly or indirectly.

Appointed by the President of the United States to consider the matter of optimum size of U.S. population, the Rockefeller Commission in 1972 reported that there was no advantage to having more people. At that time, U.S. population was 232 million. It is now 315 million and still growing, for each year the U.S. takes in more immigrants than all the rest of the world’s countries combined. U.S. population is projected to grow to 442 million by 2050 (Population Reference Bureau World Population Chart, 2012). Almost all this growth is due to immigration […]

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Walter Youngquist

Dr. Walter Youngquist, Ph.D., has worked both as a petroleum geologist and a minerals geologist in the United States and abroad.He has visited more than 70 countries, observing the ongoing problem of continued population growth and declining supporting Earth resources.A Fellow of the Geological Society of America and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he is the author of GeoDestinies and several NPG Forum papers.

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