300 Million Reasons for Concern

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

After the United States reached 200 million people in the late 1960s, President Richard M. Nixon and Congress established the Commission on Population Growth and the American Future to consider the causes and consequences of population change.

After two years of extensive study and research, the commission's chairman, John D. Rockefeller III, submitted a report that stated that "in the long run, no substantial benefits will result from further growth of the Nation's population, rather that the gradual stabilization of our population through voluntary means would contribute significantly to the Nation's ability to solve its problems.

"We have looked for, and have not found, any convincing economic argument for continued population growth. The health of our country does not depend on it, nor does the vitality of business nor the welfare of the average person."

The U.S. population has reached 300 million, and the same is true today. The nation and our leaders should pay some attention.

CHARLES F. WESTOFF

Princeton, N.J.

The writer was executive director of the Commission on Population Growth and the American Future.


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