Wolfgang Riggins, on July 21st, 2012
The green, liberal, and socialist agenda has many bogus issues which it promotes to further its agenda of anti-freedom goals, but their assertion that the world is over populated is one that particularly annoys me. It is simply not true.
They promote “Family Planning” i.e. killing babies in the name of controlling the population, because they claim that mans “over” reproduction has a detrimental effect on the environment and that it we don’t’ control our population we will run out of resources. These Malthusian predictions have been made over and over again and never come true.. But without getting into the weeds debunking their claims, I thought I would just take a straight forward look at the population and living space on the planet.
Currently there are 7 billion people on the planet and there is approximately 57.5 million square miles of land, which is 29.2 percent of the earths surface. Spread evenly across the earth, the population density would only be 122 people per square mile. Now I realize that not all of this is “livable” space but considering we are trying to figure out how we can colonize the moon and Mars, it is more livable than we realize.
The most densely populated city in world is Mumbai india. It has an area of 300 miles and contains 47,833 people per square mile. If your not a people person, this is not a place you want to be.
At 305 square miles and a population of 8,244,910 New York City has a concentration of 27,032 people per square mile. Now thats pretty tight, but not nearly as close quarters as Mumbai.
Did you know…everyone on the planet (7 billion) could fit in the state of Texas (area of 268,820 square miles) at a density 26,040 people per sq. mile. Thats a 1000 less people per square mile than in New York City!
If you put all 7 billion people in Alaska (663,268 square miles) there would only be 10554 people per square mile. Rather roomy. And if all of the planets people were put in the united states (3.79 million miles) there would only be 1846 people per square mile.
Bottom line…there is plenty of room on this planet and there are plenty of resources, and when resources become constrained man will use his creativity and resourcefulness to solve any problems that may arise
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