Questions About Growth

The Subject of Growth Raises Questions that need answering by Ron Wyden

If the US had 203 million people in 1970

and 330 million people in 2020, when will the US

finally have enough people?  What is that number?

  Why don’t the people we send to Washington, DC

such as Senator Wyden explain when there will be

enough people in the US?

(Please pardon the messy text, but the program won’t let us correct the mistakes.)

How have immigration policies favored by Senator Wyden and others helped Native Americans preserve their water rights, hunting rights, and fishing rights?  How have these policies assisted Native Americans in preserving their traditional right to roam over what were their lands?

How have these same policies, where successive waves of people are allowed into the U.S., assisted African Americans in gaining equal employment, educational, and economic status as one of the earliest non-indigenous groups in the country?

Does growth increase or decrease traffic in cities and between cities?

Does growth result in less sprawl?

Does growth result in less trash? Do we use less plastic as we grow?  Do we need less space for land fills, the contents of which take an estimated 500 years to decompose

Does growth give us less endangered species? With growth do we use less pesticides?

Does growth result in less water shortages? 

With growth do we require less government? With growth do we need fewer laws, rules and regulations?  Does growth result in us having more freedoms?

With growth do we have more societal intimacy, more of a sense of belonging?

Does growth mean it s easier or harder to gain access to our National Parks?

If population growth and over population are international problems, should we wait for every other country to level its own population before we level our own?

Are there countries with little or no growth that are prosperous?

How does growth reduce our contribution to Global Warming?

Which country’s population consumes the most resources per capita? If a person moves to the US from a “third world country”, will they consume more or less resources once in the US?

Why did Governor Tom McCall say  “Visit Oregon but don’t stay”? Why hasn’t any other Oregon leader said the same?

Are Portland, Salem, Eugene, Bend, Medford and Corvallis better cities now, or when Governor Tom McCall was governor when these cities had less than half their current populations?

How many vehicles are added each time we add 1000 people to the country? Answer– 808.  As we added 130 million people since 1970, how many fume spewing, tire grinding, atmosphere heating, bug and bird splattering, and wild life killing vehicles were added in that same period?  Answer— 104 million vehicles.  With 330 million people how many vehicles are there?         Answer –  80 per hundred people=.8 x 330 million = 264,000,000 vehicles. (Source “The World Almanac”.)

The US added an average of 25,000,000 people every 10 years since 1970.   If we develop one square mile for every 3000 people added, how many square miles of farmland forestland wild life habitat, or open space were consumed as we added 130,000,000 people?  Answer approximately 43,333 square miles.  How large is Virginia?  Answer—42,775 square miles.  Do we want to urbanize another area the size of Virginia? ( Source “The World Almanac” under largest US cities.)

When the amount of representatives in the House of Representatives was set at 435 after the 1920 Census, the country had about 100 million people.  This means that after removing the 50(48 then)  guaranteed Representatives each state has we have a math problem of 385 into 100, million.  That math problem yields +-259,000 people for each Representative.  That same math problem now yields +-857,000 people for each Representative, i.e. 385 into 330 million. Did growth from 225 million people to 330 million people un-dilute or dilute representation?  Was the result that each voter had more or less influence?

A study showed that from 1970 to 2019 the US lost 3 billion birds.  In other words there were 3 billion less birds in 2019 than in 1970.  Do we want to lose another 3 billion birds in the next 50 years from growth?  In that 50 year period we also lost trillions of insects, a.k.a bird food.  Is it acceptable to lose trillions more insects?

How does growth reduce housing shortages and housing costs for both renters and buyers? 

Ron Wyden reportedly has $9 or $10 million in his campaign account. How many favors would that likely mean he owes? Do voters want U.S. Senators who likely owe favors?

These questions do need answering. Will Senator Wyden answer them?