How immigration policy sabotaged the Earth Day dream - Sierra Club remains silent

On APril 20, 2018: Roy Beck, Founder & President of NumbersUSA, published the article, We continue to tell the story how immigration policy sabotaged the Earth Day dream. Here are a few excerpts. The article is worth reading in its entirety.

... While hundreds of environmental groups, corporations, educational institutions and research facilities tell their stories, NumbersUSA reminds attendees about the main reason why the sustainability goals of the first Earth Day in 1970 still haven't been met -- massive population growth forced by congressional immigration policies....

And, of course, we talk about the history of our national population size on this 49th Earth Day when U.S. population has surpassed 327 million . . . with no upper limit in sight.

This was definitely not the environmental dream at the first Earth Day in 1970 when teach-ins across the nation stressed that the nation was unable to responsibly handle even the 200-million population at that time.

The Father of Earth Day, Sen. Gaylord Nelson, expressed the dominant hope that U.S. population would never exceed 250 million.

And that hopeful vision likely would have come true if Congress had not insisted on greatly increasing the annual flow of immigration.


Like other Earth Day Dreamers in the 1960s and 1970s, Sen. Nelson (D-Wis.) was clear that the United States could never meet its environmental goals without stabilizing its population. (A presidential commission in 1973 and another one in the 1990s came to the same conclusion.)

If Congress had left annual immigration at around 300,000, the conservation laws that Sen. Nelson helped pass in the first Earth Day period likely would have resulted in the nation meeting most of those 1970-era environmental goals by now, aided in large part by a population that would be leveling off at around 250 million.

Instead, the country is struggling to slow the environmental degradation that comes from having to provide the housing, roads, workplaces, food, and waste disposal not just for the 250 million but for nearly 80 million residents above that. NumbersUSA's many sprawl studies have calculated the millions of acres of farmland and natural habitat destroyed to handle the extra population forced by one Congress after another.


Our nationwide ad campaign portrays the numbers behind this environmental tragedy in 30 seconds. It notes that annual immigration in the 1950s was around 250,000 but was double that in the 1980s and now is more than one million a year.

The ad ends by pointing out that polls find most Americans wanting immigration cut by a lot but that Congress shows no sign of listening, content in its apparent ignorance or indifference to the environmental consequences....

To see which Members of today's Congress have worked hardest to force that population expansion and resulting environmental damage, check out the Members with "F" and "D" grades on our Immigration-Reduction Grade Cards.




Sadly, the Sierra Club sold out on the immigration - population - environment connection to the tune of $100 million.

Sierra Club sells out on immigration - again, by Fred Elbel, April 26, 2013.

Sierra Club Abandons Earth Day Festival Because It’s Not Pro-Open Borders, Daily Caller, April 18, 2016.