Saturday, June 23, 2012

UN Agenda 21 - ICLEI - Private Property Rights - #3998 - Quit Worrying About "Urban Sprawl" (and Start Worrying About Federal Stewardship) - Hot Air

THIS IS A CHART TO MAKE A COPY OF AND SAVE TO USE WITH THOSE WHO ARE TRYING TO TAKE AWAY PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS.
One of the green movement’s great gripes with humanity is that people just take up too much darn room, and ergo put a lot of ecological stress on the land on which they live. The ever-sprouting world population, they argue, isn’t sustainable, as we’ll eventually run out of space to put people. A new graphic from Environmental Trends, however, aptly demonstrates how unfounded these fears are: When speaking to audiences on the subject of the environment, I’m often confronted with people who express concerns about “urban sprawl,” and “over-development.” And polls suggest such concerns are widespread: In a March 2011, Gallup poll, 57% of people worried a great deal/fair amount about “urban sprawl and loss of open space;” and 42% of people said they worried “not much/not at all” about the same issue. With so many people worried, the pie chart, above, offers some interesting context. Note that only about 3 percent of the US is urbanized. 56 percent is forest and pasture. As you can see, there’s no shortage of wide open spaces in these here United States, and over time the area of special use areas — parks, conservation areas, etcetera — has only expanded. (Funnily enough, despite the USA’s growing population, agricultural land usage has declined over time — i.e., we’re able to produce higher yields off of less land. Yay, efficiency and innovation!)  Read more, see another chart........

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