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WHAT IS CARRYING CAPACITY?
A common fallacy is to equate existing and seemingly open or "unused" spaces with the kind of resources and ecologically productive land needed to support human life under modern conditions. In fact, the criterion for determining whether a region is overpopulated is not land area, but carrying capacity.
Carrying capacity refers to the number of individuals who can be supported in a given area within natural resource limits, and without degrading the natural social, cultural and economic environment for present and future generations. The carrying capacity for any given area is not fixed. It can be altered by improved technology, but mostly it is changed for the worse by pressures which accompany a population increase. As the environment is degraded, carrying capacity actually shrinks, leaving the environment no longer able to support even the number of people who could formerly have lived in the area on a sustainable basis. No population can live beyond the environment's carrying capacity for very long.
The average American's "ecological footprint" (the demands an individual endowed with average amounts of resources, ie, land, water, food, fiber, waste assimilation and disposal, etc. puts on the environment) is about 12 acres, an area far greater than that taken up by one's residence and place of school or work and other places where he or she is.
We must think in terms of "carrying capacity" not land area. The effects of unfettered population growth drastically reduce the carrying capacity in the United States.
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SEIZE OUR LAST OPPORTUNITY (?!) TO STOP MASS IMMIGRATION!
The Headlines come fast and furious these days 550,000 Illegal Aliens now enter the USA each year (U.S. Census) … add that to some 1.5 million Legal Immigrants/yr. That’s 2 Million/year NOT counting the offspring of these Immigrants — who would not otherwise have been Americans.
USA & FREE SPEECH INCREASINGLY AT RISK—HELP SAVE THEM! SUPPORT CCN’S “REAL SOLUTION”
At University campuses across the USA, constitutionally protected Free Speech is being suppressed. From punishment meted out to those who chalked “Trump” on sidewalks to threats against journalists at the U. of Missouri and elsewhere.
Political Correctness increasingly reigns and is being “enforced” by the Culturally Marxist Compliant.
And now Harvard Professor Tushnet is leading the charge to penalize those expressing their religious freedom. [Read More]
June 2015 Help Stop Taa/Tpa Fast Track Trade/Open Borders Bills Today! The House voted last week to APPROVE the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) Bill (earlier approved by the Senate) which would give President Obama Unilateral Fast Track Authority to Negotiate a Trade Deal including therefore de facto Open Borders Provisions (cf. Breitbart & others) to admit potentially unlimited foreign workers to the USA!!
May 2015 Stop Fast Track to Unlimited Immigration — Act Now! The Trade Promotion Authority legislation (TPA) which just passed the Senate would allow President Obama to unilaterally negotiate the terms of a Trade Deal, known as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), with eleven Asian and Latin American nations. Worse, this Fast Track Authority would most likely result in approving a virtually unlimited number of “Guest Workers” for permanent residence in the USA (Office of the U.S. Trade Representative & Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to compete for jobs with our millions of unemployed and underemployed.
April 2015 The Crisis Intensifies: Time to Push Harder for Immigration Reduction: Even though Federal Judge Hanen courageously issued an Injunction staying President Obama's Unconstitutional Executive Order Amnestying Millions of Illegals, it is nonetheless an Opportune time to intensify our Efforts to Reduce Illegal and Legal Immigration. And we must intensify our efforts because The Mass Immigration Crisis Intensifies.
February 2015 Increasing Threats To Our Security! — Help Stop Them Now While the Threat of Drug Cartel members, Gang Members, Terrorists, and other violent types entering our country as a result of Obama’s Executive Amnesty is very Real, those are not the only Increasing Threats to our National AND PERSONAL Security. Dr. Ben Carson M.D put his finger on others “...sustained measles transmission has not occurred in the USA since the 1990s…(but)…we now have people coming into the country, sometimes undocumented people, who perhaps have diseases that we had under control.”
January 2015 "Maximize our Clout to Defund the Illegal Alien Amnesty & Reduce Immigration NOW"Recent Violent Events in Paris, and in Belgium, and earlier in the Boston Bombing in our USA, and the Rapid Growth of many Immigrant-Populated "No-Go" Zones in several European Countries (and with several beginning in the USA as well) demonstrate, vividly, that Mass Immigration is an Increasingly Serious National and Personal Security Threat.
December 2014 We Have 2 Months To Disable The Illegal Alien Amnesty — Help Us! By agreeing to fund the Department of Homeland Security (which oversees Immigration) only through February 27, 2015, the Obama Administration and the lame-duck Congress have given us barely two months to Disable that Amnesty. And, given the opposition of the Obama Administration, coupled with the Cheap Labor Lobby on the Right and the Ethnic Power and Government Benefits Recipients Lobbies on the Left, it will take a Great Effort to get it done.
October 2014 Border & Illegal Alien Amnesty Threats Increasing! Help Stop Them! The Texas Department of Public Safety recently released leaked Official documents warning that the Terrorist Group ISIS was actively encouraging supporters to take advantage of the Porous Texas-Mexico Border to carry our Terrorist attacks against U.S. Citizens. This warning was confirmed by both Judicial Watch and Breitbart, Texas). Of the 65,000 Illegal Alien Unaccompanied Minors and Adults who crossed the Border and “checked in” with the Border Patrol this year, some 40,000 have not appeared for their scheduled Court dates and have disappeared into the Interior of the USA, all without being checked for Disease or Terrorist Potential.
July 2014 Open Borders are "An Existential Threat to our Nation." -- General John Kelly, Commander, Southern Command, US Marine Corps Yes, indeed, with our Border Patrol now required to welcome illegal aliens who make Asylum Claims, and taxpayers footing the bill for their food, clothing, medical care and transportation, how long can our nation stand?? The transportation includes, BTW, allowing Illegals on Airlines without proper ID. And so long as the Obama Administration refuses to defend our Border and continues its well-publicized push for an Illegal Alien Amnesty, a push which serves as an Open Invitation for Mass Immigration including any Terrorists and Drug Dealers who may wish to Waltz in unhindered, are national solvency and national unity a forgotten dream??
June 2014 ILLEGAL INVASION THREAT INTENSIFYING! MAGNIFY YOUR CLOUT!Already in 2014, Tens of Thousands of Illegal Aliens, including many Children and Pregnant Mothers, have streamed across the USA's Southern Border. But rather than trying to stop this flow at the Border, much less to deport illegal aliens, the Border Patrol is encouraged to welcome them by providing Food, Medical Care and other Benefits, all paid for of course by U.S. Taxpayers! Indeed, it appears that this Invasion was planned by the Obama Administration, since in January, 2014, a U.S Government contract website advertised (fbo.gov, January 29, 2014) for bids to provide contract "Escort Services" for an anticipated 65,000 Minors!Not only are American taxpayers footing the Bills, but Americans in general are at risk from "imported" Disease. One case of Infectious Swine Flu has been reported already!!
May 2014 AMNESTY DISASTERS BILL LAUNCHING -- HELP STOP IT! Thirty-six Thousand (36,000!) Convicted Criminal Illegal Aliens who were being processed for deportation were RELEASED into local communities across the USA by the Obama Administration's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency in 2013! Thousands of the convictions were for violent or serious crime, including 193 homicide convictions, 426 sexual assault convictions and 303 kidnapping convictions! according to data released by the ICE Agency. (www.cis.org ) Many of these Illegal Alien Criminals would be eligible for Legalization under Amnesty legislation being considered in the House.
April 2014 “...hellbent on getting this done this year!” So spoke Speaker John Boehner at a Las Vegas fundraiser (WSJ 4/18/14), well AFTER he said it looked as though there would be NO Alien Amnesty Bill this year. And Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said “immigration reform could be an economic boon to this country” and continues to push his Amnesty Bill, which is a copycat of the Horrendous S 744. And the 191 of 199 House Democrats who have signed the Discharge Petition to force a floor vote on the House Amnesty Bill -- H.R. 15 are urging the 30 Republicans who have ALREADY voiced support for Amnesty to sign the Discharge Petition too.
March 2014 Stop ONGOING Illegal Alien AMNESTIES-by-DECREE!The following critical Issues are increasingly related:
1. Stopping Mass Immigration and
2. Stopping President Obama from Ruling by Executive Order on Immigration and other matters and
3. Stopping the Obama Administration from circumventing Congress by issuing Administrative Orders.
Yes, related. Consider the most recent Outrageous Circumvention of Congress. Just this March, 2014 the Obama Administration's USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) issued a "Policy Memorandum" establishing, WITHOUT CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL a Policy called "Parole in Place."
February 2014 Behind Closed Doors (again!) and Contrary to their Public Statements, Open Borders Advocates are Scheming to get a Bill enacting a Major Illegal Alien Amnesty and tripling Legal Immigration, passed this Year. Consider: -- Though Speaker Boehner (R-OH) recently said it was unlikely any Immigration Bill would pass this year, his Spokesman Michael Steel more recently said "...we will continue to work on step-by-step common sense reform." And this is consistent with reports that the Speaker and other House leaders are delaying bringing any Bill to the floor until the deadlines for filing for Primary races are past later this Spring. This delay reduces the chances that Republican Establishment politicians will be opposed by Tea Party or other Reductionist candidates.
January 2014 Behind Closed Doors, certain Members of the House of Representatives from both Parties are planning to launch a Quick Blitz of their Amnesty Disasters Bill to RAM it through the House, before we, The American Public, can react! Do NOT let them get away with it! With Open Borders advocates using "Fighting Poverty and Income Inequality" issues to direct attention away from Obamacare and high Unemployment, we can help people understand that an excellent way to fight poverty in the USA is to stop Mass Immigration.
December 2013 CCN PROTECTING US FROM MULTIPLE THREATS! Carrying Capacity Network is conducting Initiatives to help protect Americans from Threats, including Threats to the American Environment, Resources and Culture, from Wasteful Spending, Mega-Bank Excesses, Discrimination against European-Americans, and above all from the Illegal Alien Amnesty Disasters Bill. As 2014 begins, the Open Borders Lobby's Pressure to pass the Illegal Alien Amnesty Disasters Bill (S.744)will Intensify again. But working together, we can Stop that Bill and the Threats that accompany it, including some people's outrageous view that Illegal Aliens should continue to be a class of U.S. residents entitled toAmerican Taxpayer-funded Benefits. Illegal aliens becoming entitled to your tax money is not an Empty Threat.
October 2013 HELP STOP IMMIGRATION AMNESTY DISASTERS BILL NOW! !We do not overstate the case when we say that IF the main provisions of the Senate Illegal Alien Amnesty Bill (S744) are combined with any House Bill, it would likely result in an Immigration Amnesty Disasters Bill. So CCN urgently needs your help to Implement our 'Resolution Solution'!
August 2013 An Opportunity has arisen to both stop the Horrible Senate Immigration Bill (S. 744) and reduce Immigration as well!This Opportunity / Initiative surmounts The Great Challenge facing us and the U.S. House of Representatives—How to achieve Immigration Reduction and enhance Border Security, WITHOUT passing a Bill, ANY BILL at all out of the House. This Precaution is essential because ANY Bill passed by the House would go automatically to Conference Committee with the Senate Bill and inevitably, would include many of the Senate Bill's Very Worst Provisions!!
July 2013 In an Analysis just released, Highly Respected Economic Analyst, John Williams, of Shadowstats has concluded that the Senate Bill, if enacted, would Devastate the Economy and Employment. (Thus the House of Representatives is the only institution which stands between us and this Impending Catastrophe...and its Leadership is waffling!)
July 2013 DANGER! From ANY House IMMIGRATION Bill! Former Congressman Tom Tancredo puts his finger on the danger coming in to the House of Representatives. They will pass some rather decent immigration law. It will go to Conference Committee to be reconciled with the horrendous Senate-passed S. 744. Conference Committee will "compromise" on something that enacts the worst provisions of S. 744. Don't let that happen. Ask your Congressman/woman to vote NO on Any and Every Immigration Bill that comes up! Sad to say, this is not the year for enacting reasonable immigration law, nor, for now, to continue to push for a Moratorium.
June 2013 Amnesty Disasters Bill Betrays Americans Defeat S. 744. The Amnesty DISASTERS Bill now moving rapidly through the U.S. Senate would damage America and Americans in the many ways we have documented in our Alerts earlier this year, including (but not limited to): — Cost taxpayers a NET $6.3 Trillion (Heritage Foundation & cis) ....at least. — Provide Work Permits to virtually all the 24 Million plus (balance) legalized illegals and their Families, to allow them to compete with 30 Million Unemployed Americans, including our unemployed Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics graduates.
May 2013 Amnesty Bill Promises Disasters: Unemployment, Budgetary, Cultural! The Amnesty Bill S.744, being pushed rapidly through the U.S. Senate (along with a companion being pushed in the House) would not merely Amnesty the 24 Million plus Illegals in the USA, and put them on a Path to Citizenship and Voting. But it would also dramatically increase Legal Immigration BY MILLIONS and consequent Chain Migration, thus creating Unemployment, Budgetary, and Cultural Disasters from which our nation may never recover.
April 2013 Urgent – Stop Great Deceptive Amnesty Bill! – Net Cost to Taxpayers – 6.3 Trillion! (for Amnestied Illegals Alone!) The 'Gang of Eight' Senators and their Open Borders Allies are promoting an Amnesty Bill as a way to ostensibly do justice to the Alleged 11 Million Illegals officially residing in the USA and to "fix" a "broken" Immigration System. In fact, the Bill does far more Harm than legalizing the 24 Million plus (YES, actually 24 or more Million!) Illegal Aliens illegally in the USA and admitting Millions more of their Relatives, and all to eventual Citizenship.
March 2013 Open Borders and the Tragedy of Open Access Commons. Amnesty of the 24 Million plus Illegal Aliens in the United States and admission of Millions more of their Relatives is being pushed by The Obama Administration and Open Borders Advocates in Congress. But this latest Amnesty (if it is not defeated) coupled with all the prior amnesties beginning with the 1986 Amnesty, amount to a de facto ‘Open Borders’ policy. Noted Economist Dr. Herman Daly describes why such a policy of open borders is not in our national interest.
February 2013 STOP Stealth AMNESTY-PLUS Bill! American Taxpayers' Wallets are under multi-Trillion Dollar Threat. And their Jobs are Threatened too, all as a result of the Stealth AMNESTY-PLUS Bill (euphemistically called Comprehensive Immigration Reform in DC-Speak) now being developed behind closed doors in Washington D.C. It isn't only money, taxes, and services.
January 2013 Stop Unlimited Immigration Bill! Regardless of what the DC pro Open Borders Politicians say, it is clear that they are putting together a bill that would allow virtually Unlimited Immigration into the USA! It is NOT "merely" an Amnesty Bill as some Mass Immigration Management groups would have you believe.
June 2012 Help Stop Betrayal of Americans, Employed and Unemployed! Striking another Blow against America's Unemployed and Working Poor, President Obama recently Ordered that the appx. 1.4 million young Illegal Immigrants residing in the USA no longer be subject to Deportation, and that they be granted Work Permits!
March 2012 Help Remove Illegal Alien Criminals from Our Country The Chinese-American Mayor of San Francisco recently called for federal policies that, if an illegal alien Felon could not be repatriated to country of origin, would prevent that Felon from being returned to the community where he committed the crime.
November 2011 LEGAL CAP ESSENTIAL TO SAVE JOBS & STOP ILLEGAL! 1) 25 Million Americans are Unemployed or Underemployed but over 7 million jobs in the USA are held by Illegals. 2) The Obama Administration recently enacted a Stealth Amnesty by halting deportation of Illegals under the guise of "Prosecutorial Discretion".
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November 2004 Carrying Capacity Check-up Datasheet
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CCN is a group of activists working to promote and conserve what's right with America and to eliminate what's wrong with America. Most of America's main problems - from traffic, to classroom crowding, to pollution, depletion, welfare dependency, increasing taxes, and cultural fragmentation, have deep roots in our unsustainable population growth. Because of that, CCN focuses on stabilizing our population. We are even willing to face the awkward demographic fact that immigration is the cause of most of our recent growth (at current rates, immigration will cause about 90% of our growth as we double in the next 60 years or so).
CCN simply wants to conserve the best of America - before it's developed, overrun, consumed, and polluted by runaway population growth. It's not too late, and we hope that you will join us in this effort.
Note: CCN is anti-mass immigration but NOT anti-immigrant. At NETWORK , we understand that immigration is a sensitive issue. While we hope to encourage debate on this topic and challenge the status quo, it is important to note that our battle is being waged for the future of the United States of America-- for preservation of quality of life, respect for law, national security and a sustainable population size and level of resource use.
These goals do not threaten immigrants. Rather, established immigrants are quick to see that continuing, explosive growth in population size will recreate conditions in the United States that are similar to conditions in their countries of origin and from which they fled. No prejudice nor lack of compassion guides us. Rather, we desire a sustainable future for all. We push for the enactment of sensible policies and we demand enforcement of existing US law.
At NETWORK we work as much for the well being of our immigrant Americans as that of native-born citizens. We were the founding sponsor of the Diversity Coalition for an Immigration Moratorium in order to help achieve a sensible immigration policy. We encourage everyone who cares about the future of America to join us.
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