Finite Energy Resources for a Growing Population



The U.S. Department of Energy has issued an updated attempt to alert the public to problems associated with the trend in energy consumption. In a report titled the International Energy Outlook, it projects that in 2040 the United States will still be highly dependent on fossil fuels for its energy despite the current trend in increasing “clean” energy production, e.g., solar, nuclear, hydro and wind. It finds that the country will still depend on non-renewable supplies of coal, oil and natural gas, the latter two augmented by “fracking.”

This report has major implications for the U.S. in terms of both the worldwide trend of steep increases in energy consumption and the U.S. trend. The U.S. energy future is complicated by our fast growing population – primarily because of immigration – and the energy consumption’s impact on the environment. The unsolved question that looms for future generations is what will happen as those non-renewable energy resources begin to wane.

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Jack, who joined FAIR’s National Board of Advisors in 2017, is a retired U.S. diplomat with consular experience. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform and has authored studies of immigration issues. His national and international print, TV, and talk radio experience is extensive (including in Spanish).

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    YOu guys are so unamerican and deserve no place in this country that was forged foe poeple other than yourselves….these workers have won a battle for Americans not for illegals…..

    “the chain’s exploitative boss for nearly a year. After enduring below minimum wage pay and verbal and sexual harassment, the workers reached out to labor organizations and began attending Occupy Wall Street meetings last fall. With the support of OWS and the Laundry Workers Center, a volunteer organizing group, the workers organized an independent union, the Hot and Crusty Workers Association, this spring. They won thousands of dollars in backpay and safer workplace condi”

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    The U.S. Department of Energy has issued an updated attempt to alert the public to problems associated with the trend in energy consumption. In a report titled the International Energy Outlook, it projects that in 2040 the United States will still be highly dependent on fossil fuels for its energy despite the current trend in increasing “clean” energy production, e.g., solar, nuclear, hydro and wind. It finds that the country will still depend on non-renewable supplies of coal, oil and natural gas, the latter two augmented by “fracking.”
    This report has major implications for the U.S. in terms of both the worldwide trend of steep increases in energy consumption and the U.S. trend. The U.S. energy future is complicated by our fast growing population – primarily because of immigration – and the energy consumption’s impact on the environment. The unsolved question that looms for future generations is what will happen as those non-renewable energy resources begin to wane.
    The Koch brothers are big supporters of a lot of immigration, read Reason Magazine.

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    We’ve been growing by nearly 30 million people per decade for the last 30 years, most of that due to the direct and indirect consequences [higher birth rates here] of immigration. Where are all the environmentalists concerned about this.

    The Sierra Club for instance. Excuse me, I forgot. They’re busy portraying anyone pointing out the connection between immigration driven population growth and environmental damage as practicing the “greening of hate”. Maybe the question is why they value political correctness and pandering to certain ethnic groups as more important than the environment.

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