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Good comments here, but I have one thing to add that I haven't seen yet: When you talk about limiting population growth it's worthwhile to look at where the limiting should take place. A long time ago I read about a concept called an "Indian Unit". An Indian Unit is the amount of resources a person living in India consumes, whether it's food, energy, water, whatever. And to be clear we're probably talking about the more rural, primitive part of India, where there isn't a great deal of electricity. Here in America it is said that every person uses resources equivalent to about 25 Indian Units, or 25 times what is being used by someone living in India consumes. So the burden we Oregonians place on our region is much higher per person than in developing nations. The reason this is important is that it's not uncommon for people from wealthy nations to propose population control for poor countries, where the numbers may be growing rapidly, rather than seeing how resource overuse is also part of the problem. Things are more complicated than simple numbers, in other words.
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