Population vs. Pollution Measures
Many try to claim that the US over-consumes energy and is the worst polluter, by using per capita measures. These are false claims because the US has a very low population density. The ability of the environment to support people is best approximated by land area. The impact of resource extraction and waste must be re-absorbed by land and ecosystem area. Hence the best measure is pollution per area of dominion.
Measures such as pollution or CO2 emission per capita are supposed to give an egalitarian
estimate of sharing the worlds resources. They put the US in a bad
light as an Earth abuser. However, if population density and growth
rate of these measures are taken into account, the US fares much
The growth rate of pollution and CO2 emissions for China and India is accelerating As they strive for the basic quality of life that our poor already have, their over-population is driving pollution and CO2 emissions rocketing past us and will totally dominate world pollution and CO2 emission.
Countries should be compared based on pollution and CO2 emission per land area to avoid giving undue credit for over-population. If some countries insist on over-population, they should accept a lower standard of living unless they are able to compensate with technology.
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