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America On The Brink

America On The Brink

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by Frosty Wooldridge

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America On The Brink 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Lynn20 More than 1 year ago
By S.D. Lynn Be quiet! Don't talk about this subject! What subject? You know, uh, overpopulation in America! At the current population growth rates, America expects to add 100 million in 30 years and double U.S. population to 600 million within the lifetime of a child born today. Yeah, but there is plenty of space! Hey Jack, it's not about space! It's about 'carrying capacity'. If it were about space, Australia could support 500 million humans instead of 21 million on that desert continent. How much desert? Those poor blokes endure 96 percent desert sands and scant rainfall. They don't possess the water or farmland to feed 21 million humans today. Wombats, camels and kangaroos find life hard enough! In the U.S., it's all about water availability, energy, 'overshoot', 'carrying capacity', quality of life and climate stability! In a rip-roaring new book by a world class touring bicyclist and math/science teacher who traveled across six continents, Frosty Wooldridge penned a stupendous work: America on the Brink: The Next Added 100 Million Americans. First of all, he's seen everything he writes about. His prose paints a compelling picture with ample documentation and personal experience. Wooldridge brings home sobering realities facing Americans with a touch of "Mayberry RFD" humor from Andy, Goober and Barney. He presents a straight-forward, common sense and no holds barred look at what our civilization faces if it continues unrelenting and unending immigration into the U.S. Additionally, he exhibits frustration at the apathy of citizens and leaders alike. He shoves President Obama's feet into the fire along with the U.S. Congress. He wonders why they don't see what's coming. What might that population train roaring down the tracks hold for Americans when it arrives? Wooldridge warns that the next 100 million people--added in 26 years by 2035-portends water shortages and rationing that he says will become irreversible and unsolvable. He documents how our energy crisis may leave this country crippled as to food production. Wooldridge calls on experts concerning 'climate destabilization' caused by massive fossil fuel burning. Each chapter carries a bit of disconcerting information that cannot help but put a 'bug' in your mind, a slight echo that disturbs your usual tranquil day. How much wildlife habitat can Americans destroy before they create 'cascading' extinction rates of North American wildlife? Wooldridge dives into the fracas with ample experiences from his pedaling adventures from the Arctic to Antarctica. He's hard to resist and harder still to refute. Beyond that, he says, "Why would anyone step onto a railroad track to see a train bearing down on them, but walk the other way so they won't see it when it runs over them?" Good question! While reading the book, I couldn't quite wrap my arms around the enormity of America adding 100 million people. But through his generous examples from his world travels, I heard the message loud and clear. I 'got' it! With sense of comprehension, none of us, no matter what our race, creed or color, will escape the devastating ramification of hyper-population growth facing our civilization. This book may be the most important book of the 21st century. It calls on leaders and citizens alike to take up this issue with deadly seriousness. Wooldridge offers cogent solutions that would change the course of history. It paves the way toward a via
DonCollins More than 1 year ago
After reading this powerful new book, I am reminded of that old vaudeville line, when I hear the mindless dismissal by too many so called American leaders of the dire threat posed by continuing population growth both here and worldwide: WAS YOU THERE, CHARLEY? Believe me, this author, Frosty Wooldridge has BEEN THERE and seen what population growth does to mostly developing countries where numbers continue to pile up. About 75 million humans are added to the world's almost 7 billion every year and the United States takes in more new immigrants both legal and illegal every year than any other nation in the world. Mr. Wooldridge has bicycled across six continents - from the Arctic to the South Pole - as well as six times across the USA, coast to coast and border to border. In 2005, he bicycled from the Arctic Circle, Norway to Athens, Greece. And now he addresses the threat specifically to us Americans in this dramatic new book, "America On The Brink: The Next Added 100 Million Americans", which has just been in hard cover and paperback. He has written about this issue in the global context before in a book entitled, "The Coming Population Crisis in America: and what you can do about it" and preached the message to civic clubs, church groups, high schools and colleges. However, although he has always worked to bring about sensible world population balance, this important new book speaks to us Americans. The message, delineated in every aspect of its complexity, tells us-and hopefully more of the to date appallingly deaf leadership in Washington-about the effects of failing to curb the arrival of the next 100 million in the next thirty (yes, 30) years. Top leaders such as former 3 term Colorado Governor, the Honorable Richard Lamm, have read and reviewed this epic compilation. Lamm says, "The environmental community may be outrageously AWOL on the important subject of population, but not Frosty Wooldridge. Read this book ! " Solving the problem is basic to our future. It will of course be solved, since Mother Nature has a way of balancing imbalance, but if left as at present, the balancing will continue harshly in places like Darfur, but also here at home. Solutions seem submerged at present in the effects of our pressing economic problem not the causes of which population growth is a primary contributor. We obviously need to curb our present runaway importation of legal and illegal immigrants, as well as increase our foreign aid for family planning, but this book gives all readers the facts, underlying the urgency of our plight. When one looks at the big picture, as Mr. Wooldridge has done, by being there, we need to urgently ask those leaders here who remain doubters and delayers , "Was You There, Charley?"