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CCN's 5 Point Program

National Revitalization

Population Stabilization

Immigration Reduction

Economic Sustainability

Resource Conservation



A common fallacy is to equate existing and seemingly open or "unused" spaces with the kind of resources and ecologically productive land needed to support human life under modern conditions. In fact, the criterion for determining whether a region is overpopulated is not land area, but carrying capacity.

Carrying capacity refers to the number of individuals who can be supported in a given area within natural resource limits, and without degrading the natural social, cultural and economic environment for present and future generations. The carrying capacity for any given area is not fixed. It can be altered by improved technology, but mostly it is changed for the worse by pressures which accompany a population increase. As the environment is degraded, carrying capacity actually shrinks, leaving the environment no longer able to support even the number of people who could formerly have lived in the area on a sustainable basis. No population can live beyond the environment's carrying capacity for very long.

The average American's "ecological footprint" (the demands an individual endowed with average amounts of resources, ie, land, water, food, fiber, waste assimilation and disposal, etc. puts on the environment) is about 12 acres, an area far greater than that taken up by one's residence and place of school or work and other places where he or she is.

We must think in terms of "carrying capacity" not land area. The effects of unfettered population growth drastically reduce the carrying capacity in the United States.

CCN's Network Coordinator Robin Lazaro had her letter to the editor, "Immigration Dims Calif. Power" published in Investor's Business Daily.

April 27th, 2001.

Immigration Dims Calif. Power

Congratulations on "Will Power Crunch This Summer Melt Down California's Economy?" (National Issue, April 18). It was a superb job of insightful reporting to recognize that population growth is a primary (demand-side) factor in California's (and perhaps, soon, the nation's) energy crisis.

It is important to recognize the driving force behind California's 13.8% population increase during the last decade and, thus, the root cause of the unprecedented surge in energy demand that has left, and is continuing to leave, many Californians in the dark: mass immigration.

In fact, between 1990-1997, mass immigration accounted for 96% of California's population growth. Across the nation, immigration and the children born to recent immigrants accounted for over 70% of U.S. population growth during the 1990's.

Thus, the solution to this and any other energy crisis involves addressing the root cause: mass immigration-generated population growth. Carrying Capacity Network believes that in order to solve the energy and many other problems, it is essential to reduce legal immigration from over 1 million per year to 100,000 per year and to enforce laws against illegal immigration. Otherwise no reasonably forseeable amount of supply-side increases will solve the energy problem.

Robin Lazaro

Carrying Capacity Network

Washington D.C.


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