Earth Day Founder Gaylord Nelson is best qualified to reply to Pat Nash’s Oct. 13 column lamenting rampant development and loss of open space:
“In this country it’s phony to say, ‘I’m for the environment but against restricting immigration.’ It’s just a fact that we can’t take all the people who want to come here.”
Nash, who supports high levels of immigration, blames population growth for the “many millions of acres of land (that) have been covered in concrete or buildings” but ignores the source of the growth.
According to Pew Hispanic Center, immigration since 2015 has been responsible for 88 percent of our growth; this will continue through 2065 and give us a population of 431 million people, up 32 percent from today’s numbers.
American Farmland Trust says this nation loses more than 40 acres of farmland to development every hour. Every hour.
“If this continues,” Nash asks, “I wonder how far our great-grandchildren will have to travel to find natural areas where the air and water are clean and there’s no sound of traffic? How will we be able to feed everyone with fewer and fewer acres of land available to produce food?”
More immigration, Ms. Nash?
Dave Gorak, La Valle