Forgotten Fundamentals of the Energy Crisis

Dr. Bartlett’s comments on the 20th Anniversary of “Forgotten Fundamentals of the Energy Crisis”    Background Around 1969, college and university students developed a major interest in the environment and, stimulated by this, I began to realize that neither I nor the students had a good understanding of the implications of steady growth, and in particular, of […]

Our Demographic Future: Why Population Policy Matters to America

This intriguing piece takes a look at the beginnings of America’s concern with overpopulation, and our lack of a national population policy today. The first section describes the unfortunate abandonment of congressional support for changes deemed necessary by the Rockefeller Commission 25 years ago including President Nixon’s dismissing of the Commission’s recommendations even though the […]

Americans Have Spoken: No Further Population Growth

Americans Have Spoken: No Further Population Growth by Dr. Leon Bouvier Senior Fellow, Negative Population Growth Introduction    “The [optimal] balance, in the case of the United States, would seem to me to have been surpassed when the American population reached, at very maximum, two hundred million people, and perhaps a good deal less.” 1 These […]

A Survey Of American Attitudes About Population Size: Towards A Smaller U.S. Population (Executive Summary)

Executive Summary A Survey Of American Attitudes About Population Size: Towards A Smaller U.S. Population Policy Makers Alert: New Poll Reveals Clear Attitudes Regarding U.S. Population Size and Growth To determine American public opinion with regard to U.S. population size and growth, NPG commissioned a Roper Starch survey. The survey, conducted in December 1995, was […]

Reinventing Malthus for the 21st Century Celebrating the Bicentennial of Malthus’ Original Population Essay

Celebrating the Bicentennial of Malthus’ Original Population Essay The 200th Anniversary of one of the most provocative essays in the history of Western thought is upon us, the original edition of An Essay on the Principle of Population by Thomas Malthus, first published in 1798.   This important essay first identified the geometric role of […]

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