Will America’s Water Resources Stand Up Against Population Growth?

On Wednesday, September 2nd, two towboats collided near Columbus, Kentucky – one of which was carrying a load of slurry oil (which is “a heavy oil refinery byproduct”).  As a result of the accident over 120,000 gallons of oil were dumped into the Mississippi River, and a 17-mile stretch of the river was closed for several days. 
Officials worked quickly to clean up the massive spill, but they had a difficult job.  According to U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman Lt. Takila Powell, the “slurry oil is so thick and viscous that it must be heated to be… removed.”  However, crews were able to clean up the area sufficiently and reopened the section by the following Saturday morning.
But the long-term environmental effects of
this tragic spill have yet to be determined…
Oil Spill
A few days before the spill on the Mississippi, Americans living further out west were also discussing the condition of water in their area… or, more specifically, the lack of water.
On August 31st, the Coloradoan commented on the area’s water shortage in an article titled “Water delivery costs to rise as population grows.”  Reporter Kevin Duggan notes:  “Growth in Fort Collins and Northern Colorado has always been contingent on theavailability of water.  And that will be the case for decades as the city fills… with houses, businesses, schools and parks.”
“Less certain is where the additional water needed
to serve that growth will come from….”
The article highlights how, as growth in the area continues, developers could likely face “exponentially higher costs” in water service fees.  A cost that may well be passed down to residents, potentially driving up “the city’s already escalating housing prices.”
The article also draws the important link between population growth and resource demand.  Duggan adds:  “…water delivery costs in Colorado are expected to rise as… population growth further taxes systems that provide the lifeblood of Colorado industry, agriculture, recreation and modern living.”
NPG is committed to sharing these facts – which demonstrate the real consequences of population growth – with America’s classrooms!  Through our NPG Teacher’s Packets and educational programs, in 2015 we have distributed our Fact Sheets to over 25,000 students across the country!  (We have also created a series of NPG State Fact Sheets – including one on the state of Colorado.)
Since 1972, NPG’s efforts have stemmed from one broad goal:

  to protect America’s environment, natural resources, and quality of life for future generations.

Clean Water Resources
e have long held that water is one of the most precious of America’s natural resources.  In 1990, NPG published our cornerstone “Optimum Population” series – including the landmark Forum paper Land, Water and Energy:  The Constraints Governing Ideal U.S. Population Size, written by David and Marcia Pimentel. 
NPG has also forewarned of coming water scarcity in our nation’s dry western regions.  In August 2012, we published environmental journalist Kathleene Parker’s NPG Forum paper The Southwest:  Ground-Zero for Global Warming.  Parker notes:  “There is insufficient water for the current population, much less a population that might well double by mid-century or shortly thereafter, if recent trends hold.”
NPG is also finalizing a new Forum paper
authored by Special Advisor Leon Kolankiewicz –
analyzing the state of America’s water resources,
so be on the lookout in the weeks ahead!
We appreciate your strong commitment to NPG’s critical mission:  to slow, halt, and eventually reverse U.S. population growth.  We must reduce our nation’s population to a much smaller, truly sustainable size – our environment, economy, natural resources and quality of life depend on it!
  Thank you again for your loyal support in the fight for America’s future!


There is no remedy that can possibly avert disastrous Climate Change and Global Warming unless we first address the problem of world population size and growth, and its impact on the size of the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming.That means that we need to address the population size and growth of each nation, which together make up the world total.

World population, now over 7.3 billion, is predicted to rise to 9 billion by 2050, an increase of almost two billion, or 23%, in the short space of only 34 years from now.In the highly unlikely event that per capita greenhouse gas emissions could possibly be decreased by an equal percentage in such a short space of time (a blink of an eye) the total amount of worldwide emission would remain the same!

From this simple illustration it would appear that without drastically reducing the size of world population, there is no solution to the problem.None at all.So then why do our world leaders pretend that there is one?What is to be gained by pretending rather than by proposing a solution that would solve the problem – a reduction in the size of world population to not more than 1- 2 billion?
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