Letter to the editor- Answers are in statistics
For anyone who is wondering why we are having problems with energy, urban sprawl, global warming, pollution, loss of habitat, etc., etc., consider the following list of assorted facts:
1. In the past 20 years, per capita consumption of electricity in California has decreased by 5 percent.
2. In the same 20 years, population in California has grown 43 percent.
3. California’s annual population growth rate of 1.7 percent exceeds that of Bangladesh.
4. The population density of California exceeds that of Europe.
5. In the past 10 years, more people moved from California to other states than moved from other states to California.
6. Most of the population growth in the United States is due to immigration.
l7. According to the Census Bureau, two-thirds of future U.S. population growth will come from immigration.
8. More than 27 percent of the people who live in California are immigrants (nine million).
9. The world’s population grows by 215,000 people per day.
10. The average American consumes 3,800 calories per day. The average Chinese person consumes 2,200 calories per day.
11. Sixty-one percent of adult Americans are overweight, but 75 percent of overweight Americans are satisfied with their physical condition.
12. The food consumed by each American requires the energy equivalent of 400 gallons of oil per year to produce. This is for food only, not transportation, heating, air condition, etc.
13. The average Asian or African uses the energy equivalent of 40 gallons of oil per year for all activities including food, transportation, etc.
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