Thursday, April 26, 2012

China Directory Updated and New Directory of Food Safety Organizations

EarthDirectory's China environmental directory has just been completely updated and you can see it at www.earthdirectory.net/china.  Also, EarthDirectory's new directory of food safety organizations is now on the the Internet and can be viewed at www.earthdirectory.net/food.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Democrats for Reasonable & Responsible Immigration (DRRI), Part 5 - Some Interesting British Articles on Mass Immigration

Recently I came upon some interesting articles written by British guys covering some of the issues involved with mass immigration.  These articles are excellent for defining some of the major issues of mass immigration and why some people on both the left and right support mass immigration.

The first article is entitled How Did Opening Borders to Mass Immigration become a Left-wing Idea?" and is written by Ed West of The Telegraph.  The article discusses how mass immigration is viewed by the economic elite of society as beneficial, and why it's not beneficial for the working class.

The second article is now a classic on debunking the myths of mass immigration.  It was written in 2003 by Anthony Browne in OpenDemocracy.  The article is entitled The Folly of Mass Immigration.  While it's a great article for countering the arguments in favor of mass immigration, I wince at the sections where he implies that the U.S, Canada, Australia and New Zealand were basically empty before European settlement and are now still capable of absorbing mass immigration.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Democrats for Reasonable & Responsible Immigration (DRRI), Part 4 - Progressives: Stand Up for Moderate Immigration, Not Mass Immigration!

The United States can have a responsible and reasonable immigration policy of allowing hundreds of thousands of permanent immigrants into the country every year.  We just can't continue our current policy of allowing a combined total of well over a million permanent legal & permanent unauthorized immigrants into the country each year - that kind of yearly mass immigration will lead towards a U.S. population level that could surpass one billion people by sometime in the beginning decades of the next century -- that will be too many people for a country that consumes a very disproportionate amount of the world's resources.  Some of us already believe that the USA is well above a population level that is sustainable for the long-term future at the current American standard of living.

The Department of Homeland Security's most recent available statistics show 1,062,040 new legal permanent residents in 2011 and 694,193 new American Citizens in 2011.  See: DHS Immigration Statistics.  Nobody seems to know the precise number of net new yearly permanent unauthorized immigrants, but the Pew Hispanic Center estimated the total number of unauthorized immigrants in the USA at the beginning of 2011 to be 11.2 million.  See: PEW report.   

What would be a reasonable number to have as our official level of yearly permanent immigration?  According to the Population Reference Bureau's most recent estimate, for 2009, the USA had approximately 328,000 emmigrants (migrants leaving the USA).  See: PRB's figures.  That would be a reasonable number to start at for new yearly permanent immigrants to the USA.  At that level, the U.S. population will still increase due to our current demographic situation, but it might allow the country's population to be at a level near half a billion by the year 2100, rather than over 1 billion.  Environmental groups in the U.S. traditionally supported an immigration level of approximately 300,000 per year, before the honorable opposition (the mass immigration movement) made it politically incorrect for American environmental organizations to take a stand on U.S. immigration.


Editor's note (4/5/12):  The above "armchair" population projection includes allowing the people already in the immigration pipeline to become citizens at the current immigration rates and allowing the people in the "pathway to citizenship" to become citizens at the current immigration rates.  It's for the people not already in the pipeline that the immigration and permanent resident acceptance numbers would be greatly reduced.  Also, the national population increase rate is very fluid and can be decreased further, or even turned around altogether, by a combination of factors such as increased rates of emmigration from the USA, an even greater decrease in the American birthrate and, of course, a decrease in the number of immigrants and permanent residents accepted into the U.S.    

Monday, April 2, 2012

Democrats for Reasonable & Responsible Immigration (DRRI), Part 3 - Links to Government Tables Showing the USA Trending to Over 1 Billion People by 2100

Here are the deep links to the tables showing the United States trending towards over one billion people by 2100: www.census.gov/population/projections/nation/summary/np-t1.txt and www.census.gov/population/projections/nation/summary/np-t1.pdf (it's the same data in two different types of files).  I recommend that you make copies of them (as far as I know it's perfectly OK to download them for your personal use) because the honorable opposition may try to get the Census Bureau to remove them now that the public is realizing that our own government has made these projections and that they're freely available for public viewing (Update October 20, 2012 - Sure enough, the projections have apparently been taken off the Census Bureau site so here is a link to one of my copies of the projections[pdf]).  The Census Bureau does not make it immediately clear on their homepage that this particular long-term projection data is available, and so far I haven't been able to find official yearly immigration and emmigration statistics on the Census Bureau site - those statistics are probably there but they sure are hard to find.  The Census Bureau should make links to national migration statistics and long-term national population projections clearly available on the Census Bureau homepage: www.census.gov.

Shouldn't the Government be warning the American people about this alarming trend of a soaring population rate in the USA?  Isn't this a matter of the long-term sustainability and environmental security of the United States and isn't this also a matter of the long-term sustainability and environmental security of the entire world due to the voracious appetite of Americans for a huge percentage of the World's resources?