Last week I posted a piece on the fact that the U.S. population was expected to hit the 300 million mark any day. Well it has. And Utah has contributed to that growth.
The United States hit the population milestone at about 5:46 this morning, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates. The nation’s population clock, online at http://www.census.gov, was at 299,995,920 at 5 p.m. Monday.
“It’s something worth celebrating,” said Dan Griswold, director of the Center for Trade Policy Studies at the Cato Institute. “We’re a unique nation. We have a large population and a high standard of living. That magnifies our influence.”
As if our “influence” needed any more magnifying.
The census estimate is based on the nation adding one person every 11 seconds. And Utah, which surpassed 2.5 million people for the first time last year, is adding one person every seven minutes, according to the Utah Population Estimates Committee.
Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr.’s office issued a statement lauding the state’s continuing growth, and the nation’s, saying “300 million Americans is a historic achievement for our country.”
This is irresponsible. The U.S. gloats about its growth while the gluttenous practices of America contribute to slavery conditions in many parts of the rest of the world.
Another irresponsibility: Utah schools are forbidden to teacher any other form of birth control in schools other than abstinence.
How can Utah “celebrate” population growth under the rest of the world’s conditions, let alone in a desert state which has a great strain on its natural resources as it is?
The United States is the world’s third-largest nation, populationwise, behind China’s estimated 1.3 billion people and India’s 1.2 billion. The nation’s growth of about 1 percent a year is raising sustainability concerns among some who say we are depleting our resources. The Center for Environment and Population estimates that Americans account for only about 5 percent of the world’s population but use 25 percent of its resources. “We need to make dramatic changes,” said Jim Baird, Sustainability Education Program director of the Izaak Walton League of America. “Look at the night sky over us and how many lights there are. We are using it in ways that is harming the land and its ability to rejuvenate.”
Life Expectancy of Americans has increased. Is this good or bad? What are the health care needs of people as they get older? What is the insurance situation in our country?
“Our population continues to grow in part because we are a hopeful, youthful, optimistic nation,” he[Bradly] said.
He noted advantages such as a bigger market for American companies, a more dynamic division of labor, and more innovation. He noted that Americans won four of the six 2006 Nobel Prizes.
He said Americans now have a life expectancy of 77.8 years, compared to 70.5 years when the nation hit the 200 million milestone in 1967.
“I don’t think we have to compromise between a growing population and a better way of life,” he said. “We are living longer, and infant mortality is down. We certainly have plenty to eat, and our homes are bigger.”
Oh, I see, our homes are bigger. Really? For whom and how many of our nation’s population actually have bigger homes? Besides, don’t bigger homes use more resources?
Baird suggested the world needs to change the way it thinks about economies so that economies don’t have to constantly grow to sustain themselves.
“It’s the biggest challenge since the agricultural revolution or the industrial revolution,” he said. “I don’t believe we can keep getting bigger.”
This article continues to justify Utah’s growth and states that there is plenty of land and food. But for how long? The responsible thing would be to address the population growth issue NOW – not when everyone is faced with a crisis situation as many citizens are in countries abroad.