I'm sure that all of you by now have heard of the global warming issue. We have all been told that it is caused by "grenhouse gasses" (carbon dioxide, hydrocarbons, etc.), and that automobiles, airplanes, and any kind of internal combustion engine.
But is that the whole story? One thing I'm surpised that no one has mentioned is: urban sprawl
Living here in Southern California, the time is not far off where literally every last square inch of open land will be developed. As an example, let's look at Orange County.
10 and 15 years ago, much of OC remained an undeveloped wilderness. I recently read an article in the Orange County Register that at current construction rates, there will not be an acre of open land left anywhere in OC by the end of the decade.
How many trees were felled to build those subdivisions? What about grass and shrubbery? How much of that was plowed over and covered with asphalt and concrete? What about old orange groves and cotton fields? All of those plants were producing oxygen.
Figure that in everywhere you see development going on, and I gotta be thinking that we are eventually going to be creating a lot more problems than we will solve. Sure, in the short term, we can house more and more people in a given area, and drive housing costs down. But think of all the added pollution, traffic, and crowding that will bring.
I also see a lot of this going on in the San Joaquin Valley (Central CA). What once were fertile farm lands are giving way to more and more houses and strip malls.
With all of this farmland vanishing, where are we going to grow the food to feed these people?
Oh sure, we can just truck everything in from elsewhere in the country, but is that really a solution? So now instead of hauling a load of lettuce 200 miles, that same truck might now have to drive 2000 miles. How much extra diesel fuel is that truck going to have to burn now? How much more soot and smoke is going to be dispatched to the atmosphere? As if the roads aren't already crowded, they are going to get still further crowded just by bringing in necessities from out of state now.
Do you all see how this is snowballing?
What about the electricity crisis here in CA? You hear a lot of talk about how no new power plants have been built in over a decade. What you DON'T hear is that the number of housing and new developments have nearly doubled the states electricity appetite. Sounds like a no brainer to me.
So what do we do?
Put a 5 or 10 year moratorium on any and all new construction and relocation to the state. No more subdivsions. No more strip malls. No more industrial complexes. Nothing. The state is already overcrowded. It's time to say that we have enough people and close our borders for awhile. Not even anyone from other states can move in. Do you realize that during rush hours, it can take as long as three hours to drive 30 miles on an LA freeway?
Enough is enough.