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Friday, April 07, 2006

Immigration and the Environment

This was a comment that I posted, but I wanted to make sure everyone had a chance to read it.
The United States already allows more legal immigration each year into this country than every other country in the world combined. EVERY OTHER COUNTRY COMBINED. I think we do enough as it is without adding between 500,000 and 1 million more illegals every year. I am not as green party as everyone else, although leaps and bounds more than the Bush Administration, but look at the environmental impact of the flood of illegal immigrants into this country and how this is going to increase pollution, consumption of fossil fuels, deforestation, overcrowding, smog, and global warming. For any tree huggers out there, think about the damage the U.S. does to the environment and then add another 160 million people in this country by 2050. Maybe by then we will all be hugging a tree because there will only be one left.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would this pollution not take place if they stayed where they were? When big business stops raping the land for profit, destroying eco systems, and building McMansions, that the immigrants are certainly NOT buying, then I'll start to worry about whether or not immigrants cause pollution. If this really is a concern of yours, I would start recycling, and start a movement to blunt the effect of these immigrants that are polluting our planet.

Tue Apr 11, 12:38:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Think about the environmental impact. The U.S. consumes nearly a quarter of all the world’s natural resources with a population of under 300 million with 12 million illegal immigrants. Without radical immigration reform the federal government has projected an increase in the population to 450 million by 2050; an increase of 150 million people in 45 years. With a population of 450 million the U.S. will become a net-importer of food from currently being a net-exporter, and we will consume more oil, natural gas, and other natural resources, the price of which will only go up.
But, maybe you think these immigrants somehow don’t use electricity, water or natural gas, don’t drive cars and don’t eat.

Tue Apr 11, 02:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, you're right, they do use these things, but I hardly think they're soley responsible for the damge done. This is a culmination of years of disregard and selfish consumption and current conditions. To try and pin the blame on one group is silly. That's as bad as me saying it's only the people driving big gas guzzling SUV's.

Wed Apr 12, 05:27:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

Ok, let me try this again.
America uses 25% of the world’s natural resources even though the U.S. makes up only 5% of the world’s population. If we increase the number of people in America, we will also increase consumption of resources, and to house the increase of 150 million people over the next 45 years we will also increase deforestation because these 150 million people will need to live somewhere so more wooden houses will be built and tress cut down to build these houses on open land, and they will need a job which means a car to get to that job, which uses more oil and gasoline because we do not use fuel efficient vehicles or renewable fuel vehicles, and more cars means more deforestation because more roads will need to be built for all the new cars.
I am not saying the rest of the world doesn’t also destroy the environment, in fact China is one of the world’s worst polluters, but that doesn’t mean we should compare ourselves to the bottom of the barrel. Just picture in your head what the country will look like with 150 million more people, and this doesn’t even take into account the need to build more schools and hospitals and the cost of paying for both.

Wed Apr 12, 12:27:00 PM  

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