Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Kicking the Can Down the Road: Why do Newspapers Avoid the Population Equation?

Here's another striking piece from Frosty Wooldridge in the USA -- and every bit as applicable to Australia. (His remark about the "conceptual fantasy world" of the Copenhagen talks is just as true of Australia's climate policy under Penny Wong.)

Mind you, in the case of our Murdoch Press there is no mystery as to why it ignores the limits to growth. Murdoch papers in Australia simply do not give senior positions to journalists in the political and financial areas (that's most of the national news) who are not advocates of endless growth. Or can you think of an exception?

Mark O'Connor

Kicking the Can Down the Road: Why do Newspapers Avoid the Population Equation?
By Frosty Wooldridge

Denver Post Your Hub September 1, 2010
Re: “Climate affects water planning” Finley, 9/1/10, Denver Post

As you can see in this article published in the Denver Post today, Colorado faces a severe water-shortage-future as it adds an extra five million people to its already overburdened 5.1 million population in 2010. The reporter asks the usual questions of the usual experts, and scribbles down the ‘usual’ answers. However, none of the experts and none of their answers solve the problem. We cannot simultaneously add five million people to Colorado and solve our water problems no matter how much we water we conserve.

Have you ever noticed why the media deliberately, methodically and systematically avoids the ‘population equation’? Why do they avoid, evade, ignore and suppress the core cause of water shortages, air pollution and a litany of our problems? Their own kids will be ‘drowning’ in the consequences, yet they steadfastly will not interview anyone that talks about overpopulation.

Therefore, as a straight forward journalist, I am enlisting you to write the Denver Post editors and ask them yourselves. Or, ask the editors of your own newspaper why they fail and fail “on purpose” to address the overpopulation equation facing America as it accelerates at terrific speed toward adding 100 million people in the next 25 years.

Here’s my letter to the reporters and editors of the Denver post. You may use any or all of it as you wish:

To: Mr. Bruce Finley, journalist, Denver Post, and staff, ; Vince Carroll at ; Dan Haley at ; Barbara Ellis at ; Mary Idler at ; ;

From: Frosty Wooldridge, journalist,,,

Re: “Climate affects water planning” Finley, 9/1/10, Denver Post
Dear Mr. Finley and Denver Post staff:

Once again, thank you for your excellent report on Colorado and Florida’s water predicament. You could add Arizona, California, Nevada and Georgia to that list.

As scientists continue focusing on ‘carbon footprint’ caused by humans burning 84 million barrels of oil 24/7 as well as billions of tons of coal and enormous amounts of natural gas and wood­we expect accelerating climate destabilization. Additionally, we can expect accelerating water shortages as our population balloons beyond the carrying capacity of Colorado and other states. However, that ‘issue’ never makes it into the equation. In fact, overpopulation remains the most avoided, evaded, suppressed and ignored aspect of water shortages, climate change, species extinction, air pollution, gridlocked traffic, quality of life, etc.

“Every cause is a lost cause, without limiting population,” said Paul Ehrlich, author of Population Bomb.

The question not asked that must be addressed: what does Colorado do when it adds a projected five million people within 40 years? What actions does Colorado take when California adds another 20 million within 30 years and demands that much more water from the Colorado River? How about Arizona adding four million and another million to Nevada by mid century? How will their needs affect Colorado’s needs? At the same time, Florida expects to double its population by another 18 million people. We face another 100 million Americans all needing water. (Source: Fogel/Martin “US Population Projections”)

Instead of interviewing ‘experts’ that address the water crisis and ‘present’ outmoded 20th century solutions, which solve nothing other than kicking the can down the road­could you interview experts that address the water issue or any issue from the ‘population equation’ standpoint in the 21st century. How about asking questions such as, “What will solve this water problem for the short and long term?” “What must Colorado do to ensure water and resources for future generations?” “How can we move toward a sustainable future?” If an interviewee dodges the question­repeat the question to get to the root cause: overpopulation. Obvious long term solution: stable population.

Stellar national experts both scientific and political:

Dr. Albert Bartlett at CU,
Dr. John Tanton, ,
Dr. Jack Alpert,
Gov. Richard Lamm
Dr. Diana Hull,
Ms. Joyce Tarnow, (Florida)
William Dickinson author of “Bio-Centric Imperative”,
Lindsey Grant, Juggernaut, Growth on a Finite Planet; Too Many People,
Richard Heinberg, , author Peak Everything: facing a century of declines
Dave Gardner's Hooked on Growth: Our Misguided Quest for Prosperity, Join the cause at ;

Richard Heinberg:
"...the [climate-change] discussions in Denmark took place in a conceptual fantasy world in which climate change is the only global crisis that matters much; in which rapid economic growth is still an option; in which fossil fuels are practically limitless; in which a western middle class staring at the prospect of penury can be persuaded voluntarily to transfer a significant portion of its rapidly evaporating wealth to other nations; in which subsistence farmers in poor nations should all aspire to become middle-class urbanites; and in which the subject of human overpopulation can barely be mentioned.

... It's no wonder more wasn't achieved in Copenhagen."

Without addressing the population issue, we continue kicking the can down the road, but one day, we will be faced with Hobson’s Choice. That will prove most unpleasant.

“We must alert and organize the world's people to pressure world leaders to take specific steps to solve the two root causes of our environmental crises - exploding population growth and wasteful consumption of irreplaceable resources. Over-consumption and overpopulation underlie every environmental problem we face today.” Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Kindest regards,
Frosty Wooldridge, Golden, CO, ,

If any of us, no matter what our race, creed or color might be, refuse to engage our U.S. Congress as we have not for 30 years as to the population/immigration equation-our children will find themselves living in a terribly degraded America where the American Dream will be described by the history books as a 'fleeting fantasy' from the era of 1950 to 2010.

These are several of the top organizations where you can take collective action to change the course of American history as well as in Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. Take collective action at:

This is the best website to start: ; watch Roy Beck’s “Immigration by the Numbers” at 14 minutes. Bi-partisan and very effective. Become a faxer of pre-written letters to your reps to make positive change.

Also: ; ; ; ; ; ; ; , ;; ; ; ; in Canada ; in Australia; in Great Britain ; and dozens of other sites accessed at

Must see DVD: "Blind Spot" , This movie illustrates America's future without oil, water and other resources to keep this civilization functioning. It's a brilliant educational movie!

Must see: Rapid Population Decline, seven minute video by Dr. Jack Alpert-

Must see and funny: ;

Dave Gardner's Polar Bear in Bedroom: ; Dave Gardner[], President, Citizen-Powered Media ; Producing the Documentary, GROWTH BUSTERS; presents Hooked on Growth: Our Misguided Quest for Prosperity, Join the cause at ;760 Wycliffe Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80906 USA; +1 719-576-5565

Check out this link with Wooldridge on bicycle and Lester Brown and panel discussion:

Tomorrow's Americaproject on

Producer: GEORGE A.

DC: 202-258-4887


Link to for more discussions on America's predicament.



Frosty Wooldridge has bicycled across six continents - from the Arctic to the South Pole - as well as six times across the USA, coast to coast and border to border. In 2005, he bicycled from the Arctic Circle, Norway to Athens, Greece. He presents "The Coming Population Crisis in America: and what you can do about it" to civic clubs, church groups, high schools and colleges. He works to bring about sensible world population balance at He is the author of: America on the Brink: The Next Added 100 Million Americans. Copies available: 1 888 280 7715

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