May 21st, 2009
Newspapers across the nation report on accelerating water shortages, gridlocked traffic, air pollution, climate change and a plethora of environmental dilemmas facing America.
But they never connect them to the cause: overpopulation in the United States. Any mention of hyper-population growth appears to be a sacred cow. It cannot be discussed by the media—as if thwarted by some unknown force.
In a recent report by Noaki Schwartz, “60% in nation live in dirty air”, April 29, 2009, “Six in 10 US residents — more than 186 million people — live in areas with dangerous levels of air pollution,” reports the American Lung Association.
“The air in many US cities became dirtier last year,” the association said in its annual “State of the Air” report.
“Despite almost 40 years since the Clean Air Act passed in 1970, six in 10 Americans still live in dirty air areas, areas where the air is unhealthful to breathe,” the group’s Paul Billings said in a telephone interview.
Schwartz said, “Los Angeles was ranked as the U.S. city with the worst ozone pollution, also known as smog, a position it has held for nine of the past 10 years. Bakersfield, California, was worst for year-round particle pollution and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was worst for short-term particle pollution.”
Ironically, California houses 38 million people, but adds 1,700 people daily and 602,000 annually–on its way to adding 20 million within 30 years. It adds 400 vehicles to its roads 24/7. It covers 240,000 acres of land with concrete and asphalt annually. All those cars, homes and buildings add horrific air pollution, but not one leader or media outlet addresses overpopulation.
“Many major cities — including Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore — have improved air quality over the last decade. But even with these improvements, residents of some of these cities are breathing dirtier air than in previous years,” an American Lung Association spokesman said.
“This year’s air pollution numbers were far higher than in last year’s report, which found 125 million people, or about 42 percent of U.S. residents, living with unhealthy air pollution,” Schwartz said. “Particle pollution is composed of tiny bits of soot, diesel exhaust, chemicals, metals and aerosols. These pollutants are measured both by the year-round levels in the air and by periodic spikes in their levels that can last for hours or days. Both kinds of particle pollution, if inhaled, can increase the risk or early death, heart attacks, strokes and emergency room visits for asthma and cardiovascular disease, the lung association reported.”
“The tiny particulate pollution from cars, power plants and factories does more than clog your lungs. It leads to development of heart disease, according to a BYU researcher. While exposure clearly impacts the lungs, “long-term, chronic exposure to air pollution seems to manifest more in cardiovascular disease than it does in respiratory disease.” The link between air pollution and increased deaths has been shown in research by Pope and others. His most recent study, however, shows the biological mechanism by which long-term exposure to tiny-particle pollution can actually lead to ischemic heart disease, which causes heart attacks, as well as irregular heart rhythms, heart failure and cardiac arrest.” Lois M. Collins, “Pollution in the air can cause heart ills”Deseret Morning News, December 16, 2003
Ozone definition: a gas that forms when sunlight reacts with emissions from motor vehicles, factories and power plants — is the most widespread form of air pollution and can immediately affect health if inhaled, irritating the lungs and causing wheezing, coughing and asthma attacks.
“Almost all residents face some kind of elevated risk from air pollution,” Billings said. “Most vulnerable are children, the elderly, people with lung diseases like asthma, diabetics or otherwise healthy adults who exercise or work outdoors.”
“The report noted that some of the biggest sources of air pollution, such as power plants, diesel engines and ocean-going vessels, also worsen global warming,” Schwartz said.
“As America faces the challenges of air pollution, global warming and energy, the American Lung Association urges Congress, the EPA and individuals to choose solutions that help solve all three challenges together,” the association said in a statement.
The greater tragedy in this dilemmas stems from everyone avoiding any discussion of the cause: hyper-population growth. As a society, we walk onto the railroad tracks of an oncoming train, but turn our backs to walk the other way so we won’t see it when it runs over us.
What causes our population overload? Both legal and illegal immigration add 70 percent of America’s population growth. That factor added 100 million people in the last 40 years and drives this nation to add 100 million people in the next 26 years. However, to discuss it remains forbidden, banned and outlawed.
If you live in a city, take a deep breath! How does it feel to breathe toxic air that harms you, your children and your community? Prepare for more of it as the USA adds 100 million people in three decades.