Essay by TralynCollege, UndergraduateA+, October 2002

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Overpopulation has been recognized as a problem since the late eighteenth century. In the nineteenth century, William Stanley Jevrons showed that the rate of increased energy consumption was exponential to population growth. In effect, energy consumption is an exponential rate of an exponential rate. Currently our major energy source is oil, which is a finite source. How much do we have left? No one knows. The current known supply will last us 20 years. Discoveries of new reserves are always happening though. So what happens to the natural environment? We build over our forest and other habitats. We need to breathe clean air and not worry about pesticides or pollution. Overpopulation causes problems in the economy, increases in numbers of people, and technology.

Our economy is getting bigger and bigger every day. Oil is one of the main economic supplies. How many more people will be dependent on oil when the last runs out? At the current 1.7%

increase the world population will be more than double in 2059. There are those that say population increase is due to progress and we cannot stop progress. Well, in 2059 when there is no energy to fuel progress, progress will certainly stop. What about alternative energy sources? At present there are no feasible alternative sources. Questions still hang about the safety of nuclear reactors. Solar energy is still way too expensive and land intensive. During the attacks on the United States our economy plundered. Our stocks went down, jobs were scarce, and our need for food, water, shelter and money was a must. We are a society that thrives on adversity. We have to make this country work so we too will not be poverty stricken like so many others in other countries.

In the future, when each person resides...