Border Crisis Creates Enviro Worries; Happy Earth Day

Border Crisis Creates Enviro Worries; Happy Earth Day

By Joe Guzzardi

If Earth Day’s founders were alive to see the tattered remains of their noble mission, they would shake their heads in dismay. The essential requirement for a sound environment is a stable population, a basic guideline that the Biden administration has trampled on in its quest to destroy sovereign America. For three years, Americans have been lectured to about how the arriving migrants, a euphemism for illegal aliens, are simply searching for a better life. But that trite observation is incomplete. “A better life” means that illegal immigrants came to America to become consumers—of goods, services and, most critically to Earth Day advocates, the nation’s precious, scarce and irreplaceable natural resources.

Look back to January 1969 when Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson (D), the driving force behind Earth Day, and many others witnessed the ravages of Santa Barbara’s massive oil spill which eventually sent 9,000 gallons of oil per hour along California’s pristine coastline. For Nelson, who had long been concerned about the United States’ deteriorating environment, the massive oil spill was his defining moment in launching an activist movement. By the time Union Oil stopped the leakage, the spill rate hit 24,000 U.S. gallons per day, the worst spill in the nation’s history. Devastation was everywhere; oil-coated loons and Western grebes piled up along the unspoiled California coastline. Despite attempts to clean and care for the oil-slicked birds, conservationists estimated that 9,000 died. “The Santa Barbara incident,” Nelson said, “has frankly touched the conscience of the American people.” The disastrous spill motivated Nelson to launch a nationwide teach-in about environmental awareness similar to the teach-ins anti-Vietnam War protestors were conducting.

Environmentalists celebrated the first official Earth Day on April 22, 1970, and momentum to protect America the beautiful quickly surged. A decade later, the 1980 Earth Day event was held in Washington. D.C. across from the White House and capped ten years of new, major U.S. environmental laws that included the Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, Toxics Substances Control Act, and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Earth Day spearheaded a decade of significant advancement— the Environmental Protection Agency’s formation and the banning of DDT and of lead in gasoline. During the 1980s, Earth Day’s reach expanded internationally. By 1990 Earth Day was global; environmental concerns activated two hundred million people in 141 countries. In 1995, President Bill Clinton gave Nelson the coveted Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award.

Today, environmentalists face a different but equally grave challenge than the one that concerned those decades ago. While not as dramatic as millions of washed-up dead waterfowl, unchecked population growth has an equally devastating effect on the environment. In 1970, the U.S. population stood at 203 million; in 2024, more than 336 million residents inhabit the U.S. The Census Bureau Population Clock shows that arriving net international migrants come at the rate of one every 27 seconds and represent the major population driver. The population growth formula: births, one every nine seconds, minus deaths, one every ten seconds, plus net international arrivals, one every 27 seconds, equals a net gain of one person every 20 seconds.

President Joe Biden’s welcoming open border policies which have allowed about 7.2 million illegal immigrants to resettle in the U.S. have exacerbated the population crisis, and have established an unsustainable, but nevertheless ongoing policy. Non-immigrant visa overstays add another 650,ooo-850,000 annually to the existing population. About 1.5 million got aways is a population concern and also a homeland threat. The U.S. has successfully lowered its fertility rate to 1.786 births per woman, well-below the previous 2.1 replacement level. But the advancement in lowering the birth rate is obliterated by the arriving illegal immigrants. While some social scientists are troubled by falling birth rates, low fertility offers advantages: easing ecological pressures, preventing overcrowding and reducing the infrastructure costs that come with a growing population. The ignored variable in the population growth formula is immigration.

One month ago, on March 22, the United Nations observed World Water Day, an event that should raise consciousness about how immigration-driven population growth has dried up vital water bodies. The final scorecard: Roughly 40 percent of wells have hit all-time lows since 2010. The seven states that signed the Colorado River Compact in 1922 had a combined population of 2.8 million in 1900. Their combined populations today exceed 62 million. More immigration means more sprawl—people need water for personal consumption. Homes, hospitals and schools must be built. If immigration is not reduced, the West’s arid regions will have millions more people, fewer farms, and more expensive, and perhaps severely rationed water. The Colorado River loses 19.3-million-acre feet of water per year to cities, farms and evaporation, roughly the amount of water used by the 50 largest U.S. cities each year. The river can be saved but not without significant reductions in water use, especially from the irrigated agriculture industry which could adversely affect the nation’s food supply.

Although some media outlets have reported on the open Southwest and Northern borders, few have emphasized that chain migration allows illegal immigrants, once they obtain legal status, can petition non-nuclear family members. Once on U.S. soil, they may either grow their existing families or begin new ones. Within two decades, chain migration and new family formations could increase the 7.2 million aliens by a multiplier of three. Princeton University researchers established the three-times multiplier. Within a generation, today’s non-existent border enforcement and foolish immigration laws policies will eventually lead to twenty-one million new residents whose histories are linked to illegal immigration.

Immigration is politics’ third rail. But Nelson considered population stabilization a key component to environmental stabilization. To immigration expansionists, Nelson said, “It’s phony to say, ‘I’m for the environment but not for limiting immigration.’”

Joe Guzzardi is an Institute for Sound Public Policy analyst. Contact him at

Border Crisis Creates Enviro Worries; Happy Earth Day

Border Crisis Creates Enviro Worries; Happy Earth Day Border Crisis Creates Enviro Worries

Delco Council Threatened With Tar and Feathering Over Delco Woods Mental Facility

Delco Council Threatened With Tar and Feathering Over Delco Woods Mental Facility — About 150 packed Delaware County (Pa.) Council’s meeting room, last night, April 17, to protest the possibility of a former Don Guanella building becoming a home for mental patients.

The county got the 213-acre property between Sproul and Reed roads in Marple via eminent domain from the Catholic Church in 2021.

The price tag was $22 million and it was to be a park.

About 170 undeveloped acres were zoned residential. The rest was zoned institutional and contained a facility for boys with mental disabilities.

The tract was officially named Delco Woods, April 3.

On Monday, Marple Township, reacting to the county, rezoned the property to all open space. Marple also rejected county requests for occupancy certificates for three buildings. Two would have been for office space and one for the mental patients.

The county says it will sue to keep the institutional zoning.

Executive Director Update

Last night, County Executive Director Barbara O’Malley said other locations for the mental health facility are still being considered but Delco Woods has significant advantages. The county already owns it and it has buildings that might serve as secure housing.

Sandy Garrison, chief of Human Services and Community Support, said the county has funding for a mental health facility but can’t get a program running. She says they have investigated 25 locations with none being satisfactory.

Ms. Garrison said a facility would be staffed 24/7 and have time secured locks. It would be used as a stop for those about to return to community who had been receiving high level care.

There are 25 persons in Delco who need such a place, she said. They range in age from their 20s to their 70s.

Ms. Malley vehemently denied the rumors that the building would be used to house illegal aliens.

Shouts from the crowd showed that many doubted her claim.

Kevin M. Madden chimed in.

“You might not like us because we have a D after our name,” he said.

This angered the crowd even more and hoots of scorn filled the room.

Madden also said that just a “sliver” of the property would be used for the facilities.

Public Comment

Charles Alexander of Marple, whose postings on Chuckles Sports have kept Delco’s illegal alien concerns in the spotlight spoke first during public comments. He brought up Jan. 8, 2020 action in which the county consented to a refugee resettlement program.

He said things are getting worse and the county is ignoring why.

Concerning health facilities, he said that there were 10 hospitals in Delco when he was born. Now it’s down to “three OK ones and a travesty.”

“You have awakened a sleeping giant,” he said.

He quoted Congresswoman Maxine Waters infamous call to harass Trump Administration officials and applied it to Council.

Sharon Devaney of Haverford Township asked councilmembers if they had read the paperwork she presented at the last meeting concerning her auto accident involving an illegal which left her crippled.

“I was a Democrat,” she said pointedly addressing Madden’s earlier claim that the complaints were political.

“We want the truth,” she said. “We want everyone to get a long.”

James Small quoted Edward Snowden regarding conspiracy theories and said he didn’t trust council. He asked that they resign.

Tar and Feathering

Howard Alexander of Marple, Charlie’s father, also said he was a former Democrat. He said the last Democrat for whom he voted was a “Muslim queer“. He wanted to know how many council members had taken money from George Soros. Alexander threatened them with tar and feathering.

Kathy from Haverford said the councilmembers have violated their oaths of office and outright lied about Delaware County not being a sanctuary county.

She noted that the council’s Facebook page prohibits comments in violation of Supreme Court rulings.

The council’s explanation for the policy is to stop “misinformation.”

“You’re a bunch of hypocrites,” she said.

She asked why the county is using the money it received as part of opioid lawsuit at Philadelphia hospitals.

“Why no rehabilitation at the prison?” she asked. “They are human beings.”

Joy Schwartz of Upper Darby noted that while the letter regarding refugee resettlement concerned the Trump Administration, council fails to understand things have changed. It is ignoring the massive influx of illegals occurring under Biden.

Biden is literally flying in illegals, she said. They are not vetted for disease or criminal records.

“They are being staged,” she said. She said even if the county is not directly involved they know about it and can do something about it.

Tax Bomb Looms?

Michael Gowdy of Marple brought up some scary points for taxpayers regarding Delco Woods’.

He asked that it be confirmed that the Philadelphia Archdiocese is challenging the $22 million price set by the county during the eminent domain acquisition.

Solicitor Jonathan Lichtenstein did so.

While Lichtenstein refused to discuss the litigation details such as the price the former owners value the land, Gowdy noted developers had offered the Church $45 million and $35 million for it.

This could mean that county might be on the hook for double what it expected to pay, he said.

That wouldn’t be counting the $2 million in interest it would have to pay if it loses.

Joe Finio of Marple said people of all political views united to save the park. He said the county made a solemn promise that it would be used entirely for recreation. He said the buildings were originally declared unusable and wondered what had changed.

Trish Adams of Delco Skatepark Coalition said the master plan called for a skatepark where the buildings are.

Tom Flocco, citing video posted by Charles Alexander showing HIAS Pennsylvania collecting food and clothes for illegal in Delco, asked the county to address non-government organizations.

He mentioned a rumor about illegals living at the McIntosh Inn in Middletown.

Council Accused Of Disrespect

Colleen Labalty (phonetic) was another who said the council was losing trust.

“I don’t understand how people lose their morals,” she said. “How they sell out.”

She noted her husband was a legal immigrant.

“Stop with the Democrats and Republicans,” she said. “We are all people.”

Denise Manley (phonetic) of Marple said the debate was about safety, not mental health.

She accused council of laughing and “snickering under their teeth” during the comments.

“It’s not about Republican or Democrat,” she said.

She suggested council consider the shuttered Glen Mills School for a mental facility.

Susan Long of Maple dittoed her regarding the disrespect council was showing.

“You brought up the ‘D’, Mr. Madden,” she said.

Republican Chairman Speaks

Delaware County GOP Chairman Frank Agovino of Springfield said that what happened in Marple two days earlier compelled him to speak.

He said he wanted to let the Marple resident and township government that he fully supports them.

Scott Thomas of Marple said that council has no right to be concerned about “misinformation.”

“It’s our government that gives us the most misinformation,” he said.

He noted that one of the big causes of mental health issues is the drugs flowing across our open borders.

Jim Castaldi (phonetic) described himself as one of the “most middle of the road speakers”.

“It’s safe to say the jig is up,” he said.

He said they those who fought for the park thought council would keep its promises.

A man who said he had been an EMT said the safety precautions at mental health facilities often fail. He said noted that he had taken many to the county’s existing mental health facilities and took them back again after they walked away.

A man said the original plans for the building area called for a community hub with recreation facilities.

Proximity To Schools

Sam Lassiter (phonetic) of Marple said he would not bring his young children to a park next to a mental facility.

He had worked in mental health, he said.

“Let it be a park,” he said. “It’s next to two schools.”

Marc Giosa says he has sold real estate for 23 years.

He say it’s not uncommon for someone to pay $50,000 or $100,000 over list price to buy a home in Marple.

He say, however, thathe has seen first hand how a mental facility will cause home prices to plummet.

“This will affect property values,” he said.

“It is within walking distance of two schools,” he also noted.

Gregg Miner of Upper Chichester said he was surprised to learn that Delaware County was a sanctuary county.

He asked council to compile a report showing how many illegals come into Delaware County; their effect on crime; and their fiscal impact.

Liz Piazza Defends Marple

Liz Piazza of Upper Providence, the GOP candidate for the 165th State House Seat which includes Delco Woods, said he was there to support Marple Township.

“What you are doing to Marple is unacceptable,” she said. “They put their trust in you.”

She noted that she grew up in Marple and that her son still lives there.

Patricia Bleasdale of Glen Mills said what the council is doing builds distrust.

Dave Clark of Ridley also noted trust is an issue.

“What is troubling the United States as a whole is the bait and switch tactics used by the political class,” he said.

Joanna of Brookhaven said it was crazy to put a mental institution where a park is.

Demetrius of Marple said there was a group home on his street for those with mental issues and they get out.

Council Response

With public comments over, Lichtenstein angrily took issue with claims that the 2020 letter concerned illegals.

He said it was for legal refugees many of whom had served alongside Americans in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Lichtenstein said the motion was passed at a council meeting and not “in the middle of the night.” He noted it had been done at the request of the Trump administration.

Councilwoman Elaine Paul Schaefer repeated what she said at the last council meeting that she opposed any governmental use for the park.

“I truly feel the frustration of the community and share in their goals,” she said.

She said she was hopeful that they will find a better place for the mental health facility.

Madden agreed that the issue was trust.

“We’re just doing our best,” he said.

He noted that county’s lawsuit is just to preserve their options and they don’t have any “blueprint in place” on what to do with the buildings.

He said the county would not use all 40 acres that it is trying to keep zoned institutional.

Councilman Richard R. Womack said he appreciated everyone coming out. He said he heard their concerns and would work to find another place.

Councilwoman Dr. Monica Taylor also thanked the crowd and reiterated that nothing has been carved in granite.

Christine A. Reuther reminded everyone that Tuesday was primary election day.

Delco Council Threatened With Tar and Feathering
The scene before the meeting
Delco Council  Threatened With Tar and Feathering Over Delco Woods Mental Facility
Attendees line the wall

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Marple Zones All Delco Woods Open Space; Rejects County Request To Use Building To House Mental Patients From Prison

Marple Zones All Delco Woods Open Space; Rejects County Request To Use Building To House Mental Patients From Prison — The Marple (Pa) Commissioners voted 6-0, last night, April 15, to zone the 213-acre former Don Guanella tract all open space.

The commissioners also voted 6-0 to reject certificates of use and occupancy for three buildings on the site sought by Delaware County. Two were wanted for office space. The third was to be a secured 28-bed mental facility for patients who would otherwise be housed at the county prison.

As the second vote was a late agenda addition, the board rescheduled another vote for Monday, April 22, allowing proper advertising.

They want to play it safe, 1st Ward Commissioner Joe Rufo said.

Abstaining from all votes was 6th Ward Commissioner Mike Molinaro. He cited a conflict as he is a county assistant solicitor.

The land was acquired by Delaware County in 2021 and has been renamed Delco Woods. Promises were made by County Council to save it as open space despite it zoned residential and institutional.

The property is between Sproul and Reed roads.

About 40 acres on Sproul Road with buildings for a Catholic Church institution for boys with mental disabilities was the institutional zoning.

Attorney Nick Caniglia, representing the county, said his clients had no objection to changing the residential zoning for the woodland but demanded the institutional section stay.

Close to 100 raucous residents filled the meeting room. Several shouted suspicions that the county would raise the number of mental patients at first chance.

The building for the beds in is 60,000 square feet.

The board noting the unanimous support for rezoning suggested public comment be skipped.

There were no objections but some still took the microphone.

One man said he arrived as immigrant from Sicily in 1977. It had taken him two years of paper work. He was responding to the rumors that the county secretly seeks the buildings to house Biden’s border breakers.

A resident suggested the county use one of the shuttered hospitals as a mental facility.

Charles Alexander of Chuckles Sports asked if the county would put probation offices in one of the buildings.

The commissioners said those with questions should take them to County Council, which will meet 6 p.m., Wednesday, at the Government Center Building, 201 West Front Street, Media, PA .

A woman who led a community youth group said that all her teenagers were vehemently opposed.

A Cedar Grove Road woman said the county has created an atmosphere of distrust with the citizens.

Republicans Liz Piazza, who is seeking the 165th District Pennsylvania House, and Alfe Goodwin, who wants the 5th Congressional District seat were there to support the residents.

Marple Zones All Delco Woods Open Space; Rejects County Request To Used Building To House Mental Patients From Prison
GOP legislative candidates Liz Piazza and Alfe Goodwin were on had to give residents support.
Marple Zones All Delco Woods Open Space; Rejects County Request To Used Building To House Mental Patients From Prison

Marple Zones All Delco Woods Open Space; Rejects County Request To Used Building To House Mental Patients From Prison
Discussion continued after the meeting ended. Delco Council might get a crowd Wednesday

Marple Planners Recommend Don Guanella Tract Be All Open Space

Marple Planners Recommend Don Guanella Tract Be All Open Space –The Marple Planning Commission, March 28, voted to recommend that the entire 213-acre county-owned Don Guanella tract between Sproul and Reed roads be zoned open space.

Half the land had been zoned institutional. It was the site of a Catholic Church facility for boys with mental disabilities before the county bought it in 2021.

About 30 people were in attendance due to rumors that it would used by the county to house illegals.

Residents implored the planners to recommend that camping and tents be prohibited on the property.

The Marple Commissioners are scheduled to vote on the matter, April 15.

Public comment will be taken.

Hat tip Scott Thomas

Marple Planners Recommend  Don Guanella Tract Be All Open Space

Killing Trees For Green Energy With PECO

Killing Trees For Green Energy With PECO

By Bob Small

PECO is planning a $12 million investment in Swarthmore as part of a larger statewide electricity initiative that calls for removing lots of trees.

You can call the plan “We Kill Trees To Go Green”

The current utility poles are 35 feet tall, and PECO wants to replace them with fifty footers.

The assessment at the Nov. 15 borough council is that 124 trees must go, most of which are decades old. PECO promises to replace them with 2-and-a-half-foot saplings

PECO refuses to use underground electrical lines it was revealed despite their use in Springfield and at Swarthmore College.

PECO cites higher costs as among the reasons they don’t want to tunnel in the dirt in the borough.

Swarthmore Borough Council has been in negotiations with PECO, but has not found a way forward as of last night’s meeting.

In keeping with our tradition, Swarthmore residents are beginning to organize, with letters and phone calls as the first salvo in the battle.

While PECO has not approached my block yet, but we don’t know that they won’t. To be clear, my household is not involved with the organizing.

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Killing Trees For Green Energy With PECO
Killing Trees For Green Energy With PECO

Westtown Votes Tax Hike For Open Space

Westtown Votes Tax Hike For Open Space

By Bob Small

Yes, you read that right. In a ballot question this past election day, Westtown residents voted 3,459 to 1,745 (67 percent) to approve a tax increase for the preservation of Crebilly Farms as one of Chesco’s major open spaces.

The earned income tax rate goes from 1 percent to 1.08 percent and the real estate tax rate increases from 3.5 mills to 3.92 mills.

Crebilly farms is the site of the Battle of Brandywine on Sept. 11, 1777, then the largest single-day battle of the American Revolution, which was won by the British/Hessian forces. This  victory  led to the British occupation of Philadelphia.

The estimated cost of the tax increase for a household earning $100,000 would be an additional $80 in local earned income tax. A household with an assessed house value of $250,000 would pay an additional $105 per year.

The Natural Lands Trust  hopes to land about $2.5 million in grants, and says they are well on their way to doing that.

The Daily Local News of Chester County has been ovewhelmed with letters.

Here is one.

Westtown Votes Tax Hike For Open Space
Westtown Votes Tax Hike For Open Space

Most Endangered River Provides Water to 40 Million

Most Endangered River Provides Water to 40 Million Residents

By Joe Guzzardi

At a June 14 Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee meeting, environmentalists warned that the Colorado River’s reservoir level drop might bring dramatic cuts to water deliveries provided to the seven states dependent on the river. Those states are Colorado, California, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, Arizona and Nevada. Alarmingly, given its importance, the conservation group American Rivers ranked the Colorado as No. 1 on its list of the nation’s most endangered rivers.

Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Camille Calimlim Touton told the committee that maintaining “critical levels” at the largest reservoirs in the U.S. – Lake Mead and Lake Powell – will require large reductions in water deliveries. Touton advised the committee that, in the next two months, her agency is negotiating with the seven states that count on the Colorado River to develop a plan for apportioning the water supply reductions. The Reclamation Bureau is the federal agency charged with assisting the western states, Native American tribes and others to meet water needs. An estimated 40 million residents throughout the region rely on the Colorado for water.

Most Endangered River Provides Water to 40 Million Residents

The committee’s witnesses were unanimous in their predictions that acute water shortages are in the near-term future. John Entsminger, the Southern Nevada Water Authority’s general manager, said that the slow-motion train wreck that’s been accelerating for 20 years has created “the moment of reckoning.” Said Entsminger, “We are 150 feet from 25 million Americans losing access to the Colorado River, and the rate of decline is accelerating.”

Because the Western United States is suffering through a relentless drought, analysts predict that next year the affected states will cope with a decrease of between 2 million and 4 million acre-feet of water. Scientific Americanreported that 2021’s exceptionally dry year created a record-breaking drought, or mega-drought. The last 20 years have been the driest two decades in the last 1,200 years. To date, 2022 is the driest year on record in California. Researchers predict with a 94 percent degree of certainty that California’s drought will continue for at least one more year.

University of Colorado, Boulder climate scientist Imtiaz Rangwala has observed drought conditions increasingly worsen in the western and central U.S. “The last two years have been more than 2 degrees Fahrenheit (1.1 Celsius) warmer than normal in these regions. Large swaths of the Southwest have been even hotter, with temperatures more than 3 F (1.7 C) higher.”

But neither during the hearing nor in the media writeups was population growth in the seven western states mentioned. The 2000 populations for Colorado, California, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, Arizona and Nevada were 4.3 million33.9 million1.8 million2.2 million494,0005.1 million and 2 million, respectively. And in 2022, the states’ populations are, respectively, 5.8 million39.5 million2.1 million3.3 million579,0007.6 million and 3.2 million. In slightly more than two decades, about 12 million more people have become dependent on the Colorado for water.

The link between more people and more water consumption is undeniable. Yet Congress, the White House, the media and academia refuse to have a rational discussion about reducing the flow of 1 million-plus legal immigrants which, with their offspring, drive population increases. Knowing that the nation’s western states are in a water crisis, opening the border to millions, as the Biden administration is doing, is ecological suicide. Nevertheless, the status quo on adding population continues on autopilot, consequences be damned.

Joe Guzzardi writes about immigration issues and impacts. Contact him at and

Most Endangered River Provides Water to 40 Million Residents

Population Surges Drying West

Population Surges Drying West

By Joe Guzzardi

The grisly discovery of human remains at the bottom of Lake Mead is a grim reminder of the Southwest’s growing drought crisis. In early May, a family on a boating outing found, partially buried in Lake Mead National Recreation Area’s muddy banks, a four-decades-old skeleton of a man, a suspected homicide, stuffed into a rotted-out barrel. Skeletal remains were also discovered in May at nearby Callville Bay.

Asked if the victim might have been a mob hit, Geoff Schumacher, the vice president of exhibits and programs at Las Vegas’ Mob Museum, said: “I have a feeling that as this water continues to recede, we’re going to be finding more interesting things at the bottom of Lake Mead.” Schumacher may have been referring to the B-29 Superfortress wreckage found in 2015 in Lake Mead’s 130 feet of water; in 1948, when the bomber crashed, Lake Mead’s depth was 260 feet.

While Schumacher isn’t a climatologist, he like other Far West residents is aware of the inevitable and irreconcilable clash between too many people and dwindling natural resources, primarily water. Lake Mead is the largest reservoir in the United States and part of a system that supplies water to at least 40 million people across seven states and northern Mexico. Today, it’s dropped to its lowest level since the Franklin Delano Roosevelt era.

As of August 22, 2021, Lake Mead was filled to just 35 percent of its capacity, and now is at 30 percent. The low water level comes at a time when 95 percent of nine Western states’ land is affected by some level of drought; 64 percent is considered extreme or worse. Shrinking capacity continues a 22-year megadrought that some experts consider the worst in 1,200 years. Megadroughts are defined as droughts that last two decades or longer, but they are not measured by their intensity.

Population Surges Drying West

Snowfall in the Rocky Mountains is Lake Mead’s primary water source. But Audubon Southwest’s policy director Haley Paul said, “Even when the Rocky Mountains get to near-normal levels of snowfall and overall precipitation, what we’ve seen in the last few years is below average river runoff.” Paul explained that drought and heat mean thirstier soils and plants that soak up more water before the precious commodity ever reaches rivers – a compounding domino effect that, because the West is on year 22 of an extended megadrought, will take 22 wet winters to climb out of the hole.

An underreported variable in Lake Mead’s water levels is the population explosion – not an exaggerated expression – in California, Arizona and Nevada. In 1950, the population of Arizona, California and Nevada were, respectively, 750,00010 million and 158,000. Today, Arizona, California and Nevada have 7.6 million39.7 million and 3.2 million residents. Their principal cities, Phoenix, Los Angeles and Las Vegas have, over the same 70-year period, grown from 221,000 to 4.7 million, from 2 millionto 12.5 million and from 35,000 to 2.8 million. Taken alone, the three states in the aggregate have about 40 million more people since 1950 bathing in, cooking with and drinking water. Housing complexes, luxury hotels, golf courses and mega-mansions are major water devourers.

No end is in sight to irresponsible water usage. The best California Gov. Gavin Newsom has come up with is a tepid, ignored suggestion that his constituents voluntarily limit everyday water consumption. The State Water Resources Conservation Board said that per-capita urban water usage rose 7 percent in March compared to last year, and rose 18.9 percent when compared to March 2020.

Although political correctness forbids identifying immigration as population growth’s major driver, Census Bureau facts confirm the reality. In their Center for Immigration Studies analysis that drew exclusively from Census Bureau data, Steven Camarota and Karen Zeigler predicted that, by 2060, immigration will add 75 million people to the U.S. population. In 2017, the U.S. had 35.8 million legal and illegal immigrants. Those immigrants had 16.9 million U.S.-born children and grandchildren.

In sum, immigration added 52.7 million people to the U.S. population between 1982 and 2017, accounting for a little over 56 percent of overall population growth. A related Camarota-Zeigler study, which also drew from Current Population Survey’s monthly data, found that in November 2021, 46.2 million legal and illegal immigrants lived in the U.S., the largest number of immigrants ever recorded in a federal government survey or census dating back to 1850.

No one controls rainfall, but the federal government can help alleviate the worsening water crisis by managing immigration to levels consistent with the available natural resources. If officials continue to shirk their responsibility, then an increasing number of West Coast communities will eventually run dry, and civil disruption over water’s absence will likely ensue.

PFIR analyst Joe Guzzardi writes about immigration issues and impacts. Contact him at and

Population Surges Drying West

Fifth Column Environmentalists

Fifth Column Environmentalists — The confidence Russia had in its Ukrainian invasion stems from the world’s dependence on its oil and natural gas.

One of the reasons for this dependence is due to policies passed in the name of environmentalism in Western democracies.

Several European counties — including Germany — have banned fracking, notes Gatestone Institute.

Germany is also shutting its nuclear power plants.

This important nation is almost entirely dependent on Russia for its energy.

Of course, the US can’t help. Two years ago we may have been an energy exporter but now with Green New Dealies running things and pipelines shuttered, not so.

What’s horrifying is that this weakening is not the result of domestic stupidity but out-and-out treasonous greed.

Yes, our environmental activists are getting mega-bucks from Gazprom, the Russian energy giant which is funneling the money through Bermuda.

They are literally fifth columnists.

Bet your left and right foots that our media outlets and politicians are getting cuts as well.

Oh, the Chinese are also giving greenbacks to greenies, says Gatestone.

Be mad, be angry.

Don’t bleat, roar.

Fifth Column Environmentalists
You know they care about the environment because of all the $$ they give environmentalists LOL
Fifth Column Environmentalists

More People Means Reservoirs Shrink

More People Means Reservoirs Shrink

 By Kathleene Parker

Showing reservoirs, including iconic Lake Mead at Hoover Dam, shrunk to a fraction of their intended size, national news media is reporting that the American Southwest is in the worst 20-year drought in 1,200 years.

Yet, no one asked why President Biden is hellbent on increasing immigration – which has exploded the U.S. population by an average approaching 30 million a decade over the last three decades – when he can’t ensure adequate water for those here now. The Southwest is the fastest growing region of ours, the third most populated nation and one of the world’s fastest growing developed nations – something else never reported.

More People Means Reservoirs Shrink

There are roughly 200 reservoirs along the length of the Colorado River – the primary water source for at least 45 million people in the Colorado River Basin and beyond – that were thought to ensure a 50-year water supply in drought. Yet, by the early 2000s, that 50-year supply was sucked dry!

At Lake Mead, the water level recently fell below the trigger point for the first-ever federal water emergency. That will mean mandatory water cutoffs, delivering a body blow to the Southwest’s economy and drying up farmland needed to feed the nation’s exploding population. But even that might not stop a collapse of the Colorado River system, a vast network of diversion projects and reservoirs stretching from Wyoming to the Mexican border. Meaning, reservoirs might run dry and diversions might no longer take water into cities of millions!

Today’s Phoenix, Arizona, was so named when settlers in the 19th century realized that they were building on the ruins of some long-ago civilization – that of the Hohokam – and named their new settlement after the mythical bird that arises from the ashes of another.

The Four Corner states – Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah – today are dotted with the ruins of the mysterious cliff dwellings and towns of the ancestral Puebloans – the Hohokam, the Anasazi and the Mimbres – who were forced into what we call the Great Abandonment, during the prolonged drought of the late 1200s though the mid-1300s. Hundreds of thousands of people fled what had been relative paradises in Colorado’s Montezuma Valley and on the once-verdant Mesa Verde, in the Gila Mountains of New Mexico and on the high uplands of Arizona, relocating to areas, mostly along the Rio Grande, with somewhat dependable water.

Lake Mead, the second largest reservoir in North America, is now 35 percent “full,” but since the bottom 20 percent is useless sludge, that means nearly empty, just as the Scripps Institute of Oceanography warned would happen in the 2020s. In California, some reservoirs can no longer generate hydropower, and Lake Powell, just upstream from Lake Mead and the largest reservoir in North America, also flirts with being empty. Yet, Big Media never ask if Biden grasps:

  1. That this might not be drought, but merely a return to far-drier norms than 1960 to 1995, the wettest time in the Southwest in 2000 years.
  2. That there is not “always ‘new’ water” to be found or some miraculous technofix to save us – although, admittedly, more people mean more sewage effluent to process for drinking. Yum!
  3. That the current drought might pale in comparison with what climate change might bring.

In 1922, the Colorado River Basin states of Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and California met near Santa Fe to legally divide, or allocate, the Colorado River. But the resulting Colorado River Compactbegan with an “Oops!” of staggering proportions, as 16-million acre feet were divvied up, even though the river usually carries only 13 m.a.f. (An acre foot is the amount of water it takes to cover an acre of ground with a foot of water.)

That didn’t matter in a Southwest that at the time supported under 5 million people. But, if immigration continues at the astronomical rates of recent decades, or even increases, the Southwest could see its population double, even as flows on the Colorado will likely average a paltry 7 m.a.f. a year, maybe even as low as 5 m.a.f.

So, twice the people, half the water.

Will that bring our own Great Abandonment, an exodus of 45 million people trying to flee anywhere other than a drought-and-climate-change seared Southwest?

Are you even aware, Mr. Biden, of that possibility?

A contributing writer to Progressives for Immigration Reform, Kathleene Parker, of Los Alamos, New Mexico, is a fifth-generation resident of the American Southwest. A retired journalist who long covered a national laboratory in New Mexico, she now writes nationally on water, population and the need to re-regulate major media.

More People Means Reservoirs Shrink