Mon, 09 Sep 1996 10:42:24 -0500

Shaun, 6.5 billion people is about eight years away. Not much planetary
colonization can do about that. And I doubt planetary emigration will ever
be a solution, just an escape for some. Fortunately here in the
developed world, population growth isn't relevant. We have none, some
places are actually lessening. The U.S. has the highest growth rate in
the developed world because of an open immigration policy--about a
million lesser-developed types a year legally, and another half million
Mexicans illegally--add to that their first generation birth rates, and the
U.S. is growing at a comfortable rate, although that growth is mostly
happening among this nation's poorer groups. Utah being the exception
for obvious reasons. I don't think the U.S. is supposed to hit 400 million
before late in the next century.

Bangladesh has to worry about population growth, not Belgium.