Pipeline Company Informational Meetings Today In Tipton and Cedar Rapids

Action alert from Iowa CCI.

CO2 pipeline company, Wolf Carbon Solutions, will be redoing their “informational” meetings in Tipton and Cedar Rapids on Monday.

We know these pipelines are dangerous, don’t solve climate change, plan to use billions of our public tax dollars, and bolster industries that capitalize off dirty energy and further damage our environment.

Can you show up and speak out at these meetings?

  • Monday, December 5th
    • Cedar County→ 12PM, Matthews Building at the Cedar County Fairgrounds on 220th Street in Tipton.
    • Linn County→ 5 PM, at Hawkeye Downs Racetrack, South Hall, 4400 Sixth St. S.W., Cedar Rapids

Here’s what you can do to prep for the meetings on Monday:

  • Let me know you’re coming
  • Wear RED on Monday to show your opposition
  • Watch this video by Linn County pipeline fighter Jessica Wiskus for some strong talking points you can use on Monday

Strong, organized turnout will send a clear message to Wolf. Johnson County has recently been dropped from their original route– this sends another clear message: public pressure and people power WORK! 

PiNo more false climate solutions,

Devyn Hall
Farming & Environment Organizer

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Long Covid

I ran across this video while looking for something else. It really hit home. Many of us seem to believe or want to believe that soon Covid will simply go away and be a bad memory.

But as noted below, the effects of Covid may be around for many decades even if the virus were to simply disappear tomorrow. Since it won’t disappear tomorrow, we’d better be ready to understand what the long term consequences are.

I would hope that the threat of a disease that could haunt a person for a long time would be a spur to have them get vaccinated and practice prevention.

Dr. Rae Duncan of Newcastle-on-Tyne: (12:44- somewhat technical)

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Sunday Funday: Autumn Winds Down Edition

Cats + snow – what more is there to say (4:25)

If one can let their mind wander back to the days of our early ancestors thousands of years ago, we know that many of them spent a good amount of time watching the sun, when it rose, how it tracked and when it set and at what angles. This would be the time of year that such observers would be looking for the signs that the sun would indeed return, but was that always certain?

Along about December 6th the sun sets at its earliest time of the year but then stays at that time for a week or so. Then a week later the sun actually starts setting a little later and a little later. Certainly a good sign. Then at the solstice the length of the day stops decreasing and then begins to actually increase! Party!

Of course those ancients did not have any type of modern timekeeping devices. I have no idea what they measured with, but the holidays around this time indicate that someone was keeping a very close eye on the sun. Human need to understand their environment has always been top priority.

Or maybe I have an overactive imagination.

Last week was eventful and next week may be more so.

A) Hey, the Biden’s did some entertaining. What Head of State made an official state visit to the site House last week?

B) In a big defeat for the former president, a panel for the 11th Appeals Court said who should not get special rules made for them?

C) In Iowa, the Spirit Lake School Board voted to OK what controversial policy at their meeting Monday?

D) Tuesday is a big day in politics as the midterms finally comes to an end with a run off senate vote in what state?

E) Tuesday is also the feast day for what Christian saint whose person evolved into Santa Claus?

F) Wednesday is the 81st anniversary of what attack on the US that drew the US into WWII?

G) The Respect for Marriage Act passed the US Senate Monday. How many Republicans voted for this bill?

H) How many same sex marriages are there in the US as of today?

I) What candy that represents a bishop’s crosier is associated with Saint Nicholas?

J) Trump lost a lot of supporters when it was revealed that he had Thanksgiving with what well known bigots?

K) Speaking of bigots, Elon Musk restored Twitter access for what bigot on Monday and the suspended it again on Thursday?

L) What part of the bill to avert the railroad  strike was quashed by Republicans in the US Senate Thursday?

M) Before its end on December 31st, the Select Committee on January 6th is considering issuing what kind of referrals for certain people?

N) As this is written, it is looking like what state will lose its plumb position as the first state in the Democrats presidential nominating process?

O) The music world was saddened Wednesday to hear of the death of what singer and keyboardist for the rock group Fleetwood Mac?

P) Better late than never. After years of legal maneuvers the House Ways and Means Committee got 6 years of whose tax returns?

Q) In a historic move, US House Democrats elected who as their new minority leader?

R) December 2, 1942 – Physicists at the U of Chicago, led by Enrico Fermi, carried out what world changing experiment?

S) Twitter ended a policy that had banned disinformation on what subject?

T) December 3, 1967 – Dr. Christian Barnard performed the world’s first what transplant in Cape Town South Africa?

Your reminder that Elon Musk is not an engineer, Donald Trump is not a successful businessman and Ron DeSantis is not a human being. – Jeff Tiedrich

Answers:

A) French President Emmanuel Macron

B) Former presidents

C) They voted to arm 10 staff members with concealed weapons

D) Georgia

E) Saint Nicholas

F) Pearl Harbor

G) 12

H) Just passed 1 million last week

I) The candy cane

J) Kanye West and Nick Fuentes

K) Kanye West

L) the part that ensured rail workers would get paid sick days

M) Criminal referrals- probably for Donald Trump and others

N) Iowa

O) Christine McVie

P) Donald Trump’s

Q) Hakeem Jeffries – the first black in that position. He follows Nancy Pelosi who was the first woman in that position

R) The first controlled nuclear chain reaction

S) Covid

T) heart transplant

A bill collector just called my husband for outstanding medical bills. I told him that my husband is in hospice. He told me just to have him call when he gets back.  This is America. – ray_osa tweet

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Covid’s Back! Does Anyone Care?

‘What Happens This Season Is Largely Up To Us’ Says WH Coronavirus Response Coordinator (7:20)

I was getting blood drawn for my annual check up a couple of weeks ago. In the room I was in were stacks and stacks of boxes marked something like “Covid tests.” I asked the nurse drawing my blood if they were just overstocked or were they going to use those? 

What she responded didn’t surprise me. She said they were using the tests faster than ever, that the virus is on the rise. We aren’t hearing this on the good old main stream media. We aren’t hearing it at all. Covid is still killing people at a rate of over 100,000 a year. Those who survive may face financial and medical problems.

The Biden Administration is doing what it can to get people to get their vaccinations. But they are running in to some really rough headwinds in the media that has shaped opinions to not only be against vaccines in general, but also against the Covid vaccine in particular.

You certainly want to take note that in the video above it was stated that most of the deaths currently caused by Covid still happen among the unvaccinated. Most of these folks are still unvaccinated due to disinformation that was spread on social media especially after the vaccines became available. Because of that disinformation they believe that getting vaccinated is more dangerous than not being vaccinated. In fact, they bet their lives on it.

As if serendipity favors the corona virus, at a time when truth is needed to slow down infections and death, here comes America’s newest purveyor of authoritarianism, Elon Musk, lifting the ban on disinformation about Covid being spread on his new toy, Twitter.   

“Twitter will no longer enforce its policy against Covid-19 misinformation, raising concerns among public health experts that the change could have serious consequences if it discourages vaccination and other efforts to combat the still-spreading virus.

Eagle-eyed users spotted the change on Monday night, noting that a one-sentence update had been made to Twitter’s online rules: “Effective November 23, 2022, Twitter is no longer enforcing the COVID-19 misleading information policy.”

By Tuesday, some Twitter accounts were testing the new boundaries and celebrating the platform’s hands-off approach, which comes after Twitter was bought by Elon Musk.”

The virus, meanwhile, continues to spread. Nationally, new Covid cases averaged nearly 38,800 a day as of Monday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University – far lower than last winter’s rate but a vast undercount because of reduced testing and reporting. About 28,100 people with Covid were hospitalized daily and about 313 died, according to the most recent federal daily averages.

Cases and deaths were up from two weeks earlier. Yet a fifth of the US population has not been vaccinated, most Americans have not gotten the latest boosters and many have stopped wearing masks.”

We can expect now that Republicans control one House of Congress that any funding for Covid related preventative measures will be blocked by the Republicans. That would mean no more free at home tests and updated vaccinations. Just a prediction based on experience.

Here in Iowa, once again Covid Kim is coming to the rescue of the poor downtrodden virus by joining in a lawsuit against the Biden Administration stop the policy of vaccine mandates for service members. Jeez, what does Biden want? Armed forces that are ready for battle or something?

From Progress Iowa’s High Five email of Wednesday 11/30/2022:

COVID KIM STRIKES…AGAIN: Gov. Reynolds joined 20 other Republican governors to ask that Pres. Biden remove the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for armed forces members, including National Guard. A move that would actually put our military at risk as COVID continues to kill thousands of Americans every week. Thankfully, it doesn’t appear that Pres. Biden will repeal the mandate anytime soon. Reynolds should get to work helping Iowans, not finding failed attempts to score political party points.

Maybe we should have warned Iowans about Covid Kim’s miserable record on the virus before the election? I think we did.

Our final thought on this subject and a thought that could cover much of what is going on in this country today does from the great scientist some 27 years ago in his book The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark:

“Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time—when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.”

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When Did It Become Acceptable To Oppose Democracy?

This is the question asked by Attorney Marc Elias in an article from last July on the website democracydocket.com. Elias is probably best known for his work on behalf of the public in thwarting Donald Trump’s repeated attempts in court to get election results overturned in various states in this country after November of 2020. Elias won, Trump lost in 60 of 61 cases.

In our two-party system, it is common for there to be sharp divides on the big issues of the day. But increasingly, the parties differ on the basic foundations of our democracy — from one person, one vote to free and fair elections to the peaceful transfer of power. I was struck that a recent article in the Washington Post referred to me and others focused on the right to vote as “democracy advocates” without any trace of concern or irony. It is true that I am an advocate for democracy. But I am left asking, when did it become acceptable to oppose democracy?

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Now, when it comes to the attack on our electoral process, Republicans do not pretend to care. Stories about the disenfranchisement of voters or plans to subvert election results do not even garner Republicans’ platitudes. The degradation of American democracy does not even warrant their cynical thoughts and prayers.

You might think that the mounting evidence showing that the Jan. 6 insurrection was part of a broader and ongoing effort to undermine democracy would cause Republicans to question whether there is a need to do more to protect it. But preventing election subversion is at odds with the GOP’s electoral strategy and so far, Republican loyalty to the party’s electoral prospects has outstripped loyalty to the country’s future.

Since Elias penned this article we have had an election. This was an election where Republicans ran a huge amount of election deniers as candidates. Fortunately for America most of them lost. However they did  not lose in a big way. As many of you know several of these races were so tight that it took days for them to be called. One is in overtime down in Georgia where we should get a final outcome next week.

In the governor’s race in Arizona the defeated election denier, Kari Lake still refuses to accept her defeat. One county (Cochise) refuses to certify their results which may result in some state election results being changed if the county refuses to have its votes counted in. It may also result in a couple of county commissioners going to jail. (Note: Cochise County voted to certify its vote Thursday)

Election deniers running in this election were simply an extension of the election denying led by the former president that culminated in the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6th. Election deniers are simply another way of saying people who want to end democracy in America. 

The defeat of those who want to end democracy in America in this recent elections by no means the last we will hear of them. This is simply another battle in the long running war to end democracy in America. There are still legions of loyal democracy enders in the state legislatures. We can expect them to be passing laws that will make it much more difficult to vote. 

As we saw in Iowa this fall, changing voting rules can certainly have an effect on who votes, driving down the numbers. This is the effect that Republicans want. Expect more voter suppressing laws to come out of Des Moines and other state capitols where Republicans own the legislature and the governorship. 

Making it hard to vote is especially hard on people who tend to vote democratic. Republicans have known this for a long, long time. Following the Citizens United ruling from the Supreme Court in early 2010, Republicans parlayed their new windfall of campaign money into election victories in a majority of state legislatures. 

2010 was a census year, so with more states having Republican legislatures and governors, Republicans embarked on a strategy called “operation Redmap” which used computer programming to gerrymander districts for the then upcoming redistricting throughout the country. Viola! More Republican legislatures and congress members.

They then used those Republican legislatures to gerrymander districts and change voting laws so Republicans would be in a near permanent majority in some states even though they may get fewer votes in total than Democrats. Wisconsin is a prime example of this.

While many may think this is a recent phenomena it is like I said another battle in a long war. Rachel Maddow has a very hot podcast out now called “Ultra” that chronicles another manifestation of this ongoing battle from the time around WWII.

In the bigger picture this ongoing war is not Republicans vs. Democrats. No, it is Authoritarians vs. Democracies. We have seen this ongoing battle in our history. Essentially that was the very basic cause of the Civil War.

We have seen and continue to see this battle around the world. Authoritarians just won an election in Italy. Authoritarian Benjamin Netanyahu won in Israel. Victor Orban won in Hungary and immediately went about destroying the democratic rules in his country. Brazil turned back authoritarian Jair Bolsinaro, but for how long?

Democracy in this country and around the world is on a knife’s edge. If you think the January 6th insurrection was the last stand for authoritarians in this country, I am here to tell you it was only a rehearsal. And right now in our nation’s capitol and in state legislatures across the country plans are being made that will end democracy in this country.

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Iowa Winners Discuss Democratic Strategy

Winners Sarah Trone Garriott (SD-14) West Des Moines and Izaah Knox (SD-17) Des Moines discuss how they won and what Democrats should do going forward.

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Millions of Americans Lack Safe Tap Water

The water drips lethargically from the tap, if at all. Its appearance shifts from chemical brown sludge to ghoulish clouds. The accompanying stench is revolting.

Unsafe tap water is unacceptable in any modern society. But from Michigan to Mississippi to Tribal communities in the West, people across the United States are all too familiar with it as climate change, environmental racism, and privatization take their toll on this resource that sustains all life.

Over 2 million people in the United States live without running water.

This includes 10 percent of Indigenous Americans, whose communities have been harmed and impoverished by decades of racialized federal disinvestment. Their water insecurity, particularly within the Colorado River Basin, has been compounded by climate change-induced drought and contamination from mining companies — as evidenced in the arsenic-laced water on the Arizona Hopi Reservation, to take but one example.

The ongoing water insecurity in Jackson, Mississippi exemplifies the threat to poor communities and people of color. In late August, Jackson’s largest water treatment plant collapsed from severe flooding worsened by climate change. More than 150,000 residents were left without clean water for nearly two weeks.

It wasn’t the first time the city experienced water disruptions. “We’ve been crying about our water for a long time,” resident Charles Wilson III told CNN. The EPA confirms that some 300 boil advisories have been issued in Jackson over the past two years.

This reality speaks to the larger problem of environmental racism, where race determines “which communities get resources for infrastructure and which ones get left behind,” explains Dr. Robert Bullard, a renowned expert at Texas Southern University.

Following the integration of public schools during the 1960s, wealthier white people left Jackson and eroded the city’s tax base. The remaining majority-Black population has since endured high rates of poverty and persistent disinvestment.

For years, Mississippi’s Republican legislature has withheld adequate funding to upgrade the majority-Democratic city’s aging water system, parts of which are over 100 years old. Mississippi lawmakers have also blocked attempts by the city to raise infrastructure funds through a sales tax hike.

Without state funds or tax revenue, Jackson simply can’t raise the $1 billion needed for infrastructure improvements according to Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba. Instead, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves has stated that “privatization is on the table” to fix Jackson’s water supply.

But privatization is part of the problem.

In 2010, the city signed a $90 million contract with Siemens to overhaul its water infrastructure and install new meters to raise extra revenue. However, as journalist Judd Legum reported, the meters were installed incorrectly and there were “no substantial investments made.”

Other water privatization attempts, from Pittsburgh in the United States to Bolivia abroad, have led to skyrocketing costs and plummeting quality for vulnerable communities. In the all too recent case of Flint, Michigan, public disinvestment conspired with private corporate interests to deny residents clean water — with catastrophic results.

Almost half of the residents in Flint, the majority of whom are Black, live below the poverty line. In 2014, Republican state officials forced a cost-cutting change in the city’s water supply source that resulted in countless cases of lead poisoning, over a dozen deaths from Legionnaires’ disease, and scores of other health problems, all while residents saw their water rates soar.

Executives at Veolia, the world’s largest supplier of water services, knew that families in Flint could be at risk of poisoning, but the private water company never made that finding public when it was hired in 2015 for a “top-down assessment” of Flint’s water.

All these water crises demand full accountability. A long-term response is also needed in order to invest in sustainable infrastructure, improve regulatory oversight, and remove unjust barriers to ensure safe, clean, and affordable water access for all.

Fundamentally, we must recognize water as a universal human right, rather than a commodity reserved for the few. Whether in Jackson, Flint, Tribal lands, or beyond, the struggle for water is a shared one.

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Politics Girl On The Media

“We’ve made a successful business model of shameless lying.” – Leigh McGowan on the media

Leigh McGowan launched PoliticsGirl as a way to help people reconnect with politics. She started the YouTube channel in 2015 as a way to inform and inspire. I just found her recently. If you haven’t come across her yet check out her kitchen Tweets and podcasts. She’s fun, she’s got great messaging, important guests, and she is never confused about what is going on. She’s realistic but optimistic. Instead of feeling totally hopeless and depressed like I sometimes do after listening to progressive punditry, I feel hopeful, energized and inspired, like it’s possible we could get through all this. No small thing!

“The more we talk, the more we care, the more we care, the more we vote, the more we vote the more politicians are accountable to us and the more accountable they are to us, the more we can demand they change things for the better. If our votes didn’t matter they wouldn’t be trying so hard to take them away.  Change is possible. We just have to be willing to work for it.” – Leigh McGowan, PoliticsGirl

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PoliticsGirl on the media. “If it turns out that the media are simply there to turn a profit, where does that leave us?”  Deeply disturbing information particularly around 30 min. in.

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Holiday Politics

Rural polling place in Johnson County

What went wrong for Democrats in the 2022 midterm election? A lot. How do we fix it? The first reaction, and I believe the wrong one, is to throw the bums out.

I like Ross Wilburn, Iowa Democratic Party chairman and have since he was the Iowa City mayor. I agree with the idea that if he can’t perform as state party chair — and the lack of Democratic wins during the recent election cycle makes a case that he can’t — we should replace him. There are three parts to this and they don’t lead us there.

First, Democratic core activists like the groups with which I associate were very busy with political work for a year before the November election. Whatever analysis we or others might make about the mechanics of the campaign (Vote Builder, money, coordinated campaign, messaging) it doesn’t detract from the fact our core active Democrats were busy working to get our candidates elected.

Second, the state central committee, which elects the party chair, is increasingly irrelevant. Our last days of glory were in 2006 and 2008. It has been a long, dry season ever since. The biggest change in the state central committee has been the rise of Bernie Sanders supporters who wanted to change everything for the better. They won their elections to the central committee, yet I’m not seeing change we need. The last two cycles have really rotted. Maybe they should be replaced as well.

Third, the problem in replacing folks on the state central committee, and how they organized the 2020 and 2022 cycles particularly, is millennials and Gen-Z voters are not stepping up to help campaigns the way my generation was accustomed to doing. I noted in a previous post, contrary to the national trend, they were the ones who found reasons not to vote on Nov. 8. Instead, they are packing their bags and leaving the state permanently. This is part of a broader dynamic. Changing members of the central committee can be fine, yet it doesn’t address the brain drain ongoing in Iowa. This is an unrecognized, real-world consequence that costs the party. People who leave the state to better themselves seem most often to be, if not always, Democratic voters.

A Republican strength is it targets young Iowans who attend community college, get married, raise a traditional family, and settle down close to where they were born. The culture of this is stifling, yet some folks in those generations thrive in it, have multiple children, and buy McMansions to withdraw into church, school and family. For the most part, they are not Democrats.

Making do in this bleak Iowa cultural landscape seems unlikely for young people who have more ambition and are willing to trade what they know for a chance at something better. They will leave the state and never look back.

I’m not sure changing the party chair addresses this core problem. That’s why I’m not anxious for major changes in the state central committee.

For a minute, let’s go into the Wayback Machine. After Wilburn was elected in 2021, The Des Moines Register reported,

Wilburn said he would begin the party’s rebuilding efforts by creating a three-election-cycle strategic roadmap; improving candidate and local leadership development; working to become a better asset to county parties and other constituency groups; and improving the party’s use of data.

State Rep. Ross Wilburn elected to lead Iowa Democratic Party as chairman by Brianne Pfannenstiel, Des Moines Register, Jan. 23, 2021.

What of that plan? To my knowledge, that was the only public mention of it. On its face, it’s one cycle down and two to go. From my perch, candidate development seemed very good. There were great candidates fielded, like Kevin Kinney, who didn’t win their elections. This part was successful, even if the results were disappointing.

I’m not sure how the state party became a better asset to county parties. Here in Johnson County, we had freedom to structure a campaign the way we wanted. It appeared we had enough paid staff and resources to conduct operations. Statewide candidates were frequently present. We weren’t successful in the most Democratic County, yet there should be valuable lessons to learn. The biggest lesson should be found in answering the question why did we fall about 4,700 votes short of our 32,000 Democratic margin goal?

As far as improving the party’s use of data, all I heard as election day approached was that we were focused on turning out likely Democratic voters who previously voted only in presidential years. We had the data to target those folks, yet not enough of them voted. As I have written, my precinct turnout, among Democrats and Republicans was significantly less than 2018 and 2020. Part of that is erosion of Democratic registrations yet turnout in both parties was down. Three cycles equals six years, so hopefully the state central committee is busy analyzing data to figure out what went wrong during the first two.

During previous election cycles, I wrote my analysis of the election quickly, soon after the polls closed and results were known. It seems essential we take our time this cycle to examine the results carefully and thoroughly. I plan to live in Iowa for a long time, and would like to see more Democratic wins. 2023 will be the first time I’ve had a Republican state senator since we moved here in 1993.

Things have been better when Democrats had a say in our governance. We are a distance from that being the case again. During the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, part of the celebration has been coming to terms with that reality.

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Time To Have A Conversation About Human Population Growth And Climate Change

Nobody talks about over-population anymore. Which is why this blog post by Nicholas Johnson is so important to be shared.  When you get to the part about the number of cars on the road it cuts through your denial and makes you realize the unsustainability of it all.  Posted with permission.

“After writing this I discovered 21,000 scientists agree: ‘We are jeopardizing our future … by not perceiving continued rapid population growth as a primary driver behind many ecological and even societal threats.’” – Nicholas Johnson

fromdc2iowa.blogspot.com

A Global Warming Win-Win-Win
by Nicholas Johnson

Can women cool global warming?

Homo Sapiens first appeared about 300,000 years ago. We’ve been growing rather than chasing our food since 10,000 B.C. Estimates of the population then are between one and fifteen million persons.

With more food available, villages evolved and population increased dramatically.

Yet, it took until 1803 to reach one billion people. Then 124 years to reach two billion; 33 years to reach three billion; and 15 years to reach four billion.

Need I say more?

Apparently so. Because most of what we’re told about environmental change and daily disasters stops with the phrase “climate change.”

Many are willing to do their part. To borrow from the Great Depression, they “use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.” They become vegetarians, bicycle or walk to work, turn up the air conditioner thermostat, recycle, compost, and grow some food.

That’s good citizenship in a crisis. But it only offsets a tiny fraction of the problem.

In fact, many of our environmental problems have been created, or at least made worse, by the rapid increase in rate of human population growth. One example: Humans are responsible for a 1,000-fold increase in other species’ natural rates of extinction.

The increase to eight billion of us also multiplies potable water shortages, polluted air, deforestation, wetlands destruction, increased trash and toxic waste, depleted fisheries and finite resources, increased farm, river and ocean pollution and acidification, and the substitution of concrete for agricultural land and open spaces now under sprawling communities and 4 million miles of roads.

Human activity is not only responsible for most of the greenhouse gas CO2 since our industrial age. We have also reduced the forests and soils that could remove and store it. Our country creates the most – and at a rate seven times per person that of China, number two.

Transportation creates the largest share of U.S. emissions.

In 1922 the U.S. population of 110 million was driving 111 vehicles per 1000 people (12 million vehicles). By 2012 the population was 314 million, but the number of cars per 1000 population had gone from 111 to 808 (271 million vehicles).

Say what you will about fuel efficiency and electric vehicles, more people driving 20 times more vehicles produce more CO2.

Exponential population growth is an environmental challenge for the U.S., but especially third world countries.

Fortunately, women will naturally reduce population growth if they are provided the support they deserve: social status, economic opportunity – and education. Women (and men) with secondary education and access to contraceptives have far fewer births. They space more time between pregnancies. Plus, their children also end up with better health, quality of life, and education.

We ought to be doing this anyway. Saving our planet is a bonus.

After writing this I discovered 21,000 scientists agree: “We are jeopardizing our future … by not perceiving continued rapid population growth as a primary driver behind many ecological and even societal threats.” Think about it.

Sources

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