Earth Day TV ad Says Immigration Driven Population Growth in U.S. Fuels Environmental Degradation Here and Abroad
17 Apr, 2012, 09:00 ET
Congress Continues Admitting Millions of Immigrants, Despite Impact On U.S. Carbon Footprint and Population Explosion
SAN DIEGO, April 17, 2012 Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) has launched a national TV campaign calling attention to the fact that mass immigration to the U.S. is expanding the country's already massive carbon footprint and driving population growth that will add 100 million people to America in the next 40 years. The campaign is currently running on national cable TV as well as local TV stations in San Diego, California.
"Because of American's proclivity for conspicuous consumption, most environmentalists understand that population growth in the United States affects the environment here and also worldwide," commented Missy DeYoung, Chairman of the Board of Californians for Population Stabilization. "However, many environmentalists won't talk about the fact that immigration is the number one factor driving U.S. population growth. It's intellectually dishonest to think we can address population growth without addressing mass immigration."
America is the world's global leader in greenhouse gas emissions. As America grows, so too do the world's carbon emissions. Currently, the Census projects the U.S. will add 100 million more people before 2050. That's about a 33% increase in population in just 40 years. Pew Research Center attributes 82% of that projected growth to immigrants and births to immigrants. And when immigrants settle in America, they quickly begin creating more carbon emissions than in their previous countries. A 2008 study, lead by environmental scientist Leon Kolankiewicz for the Center for Immigration Studies, revealed that immigrants' carbon footprint expands by 400% when they settle in America.
Immigration policy in the U.S. has been on auto pilot for decades, year after year allowing millions to settle in the country, with few calls from Congress to reduce population growth. DeYoung puts part of the blame on Wall Street cheap labor interests, espousing growth at any cost economic theories. "Wall Street promotes the myth that our country's future economic prosperity is inextricably linked to population growth. And many in Congress buy into it. The fact is, growth for growth's sake is not necessarily good economics, especially at a time when Americans can't find jobs. And it is indeed eviscerating our environment." Congress will allow more than 1 million to immigrate to America again this year.
For more about CAPS or to view the TV ad, visit www.CAPSweb.org.
SOURCE Californians for Population Stabilization
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