Denver, Colorado–Channel 9 News anchor Cheryl Preheim announced Sunday night, July 5, 2009, that traffic through the Eisenhower Tunnel on I-70 set new records or near-records for holiday travel. An astounding 47,200 plus cars rolled through the tunnel in one day on a return trip from the 4th of July holiday.
However, since I happened to be one of those folks traveling through the tunnel, you might appreciate, as the late Paul Harvey once said, “The rest of the story!”
By 11:00 a.m. Sunday morning, east bound drivers, trying to beat the ‘rush hour’, which normally occurs around 1:00 p.m., creped along as the tunnel aspirants’ vehicles backed up five miles to stop and go, bumper to bumper traffic. By 1:00 p.m., the line backed down the mountain beyond Silverthorne and oftentimes, traffic slowed to a crawl mode all the way back to Frisco. We found ourselves inching along like a bunch of ants in a funeral dirge. Off to the side, a dozen cars suffered overheating while their drivers stood in torment watching radiators boil over. Quite a few folks back-ended other drivers to add yet another ‘impact’ to the rat-race on I-70: too many cars, too many short fuses, human road rage, accidents and many motorcyclists riding the breakdown lane to beat the traffic.
After passing through the tunnel and racing eastbound again, traffic backed up for miles at Georgetown, Downie and Idaho Springs. What should have taken everyone 70 minutes to get home on the expressway, took three hours of dangerous stop and go driving. Many people hopped off the freeway to the frontage road in Georgetown, but that too, became a case of gridlock traffic.
I heard more curse words, more yelling and more futile one-finger salute hand signals than I’ve seen at a Rockies’ game!
Once they reached Floyd Hill, everyone gunned their engines on the three lanes of traffic to make Mario Andretti proud!
Instead of a wondrous holiday weekend, everyone in that Interstate traffic jam suffered incredible frustration and exasperation. They drove with frayed nerves and the whole weekend ended with aggravation and annoyance.
What astounded me stemmed from the fact that the ‘rush hour’ started at 11:00 a.m. with people attempting to return home to beat the rush by cutting short their weekend. But they suffered the ‘rush hour’ at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday! Therefore, no one could ‘beat’ the traffic by ruining their entire Sunday retreat in the mountains. During the ski season, the weather factor makes for a whole new dynamic in accidents and danger as well as wasted time.
As I sat in traffic stewing and fuming in my own fumes, I wondered, “Why are we doing this to ourselves? Why have we allowed Colorado to add 1.5 million people in the past 15 years? Why are we on course to add another five million people within four decades? How will we ever solve our traffic problems? How will Denver solve its Brown Cloud problems that ensure that everyone breathes toxic air with every breath? How will we solve our ominous water shortages facing us? How will we solve ‘quality of life’ issues?
We won’t, unless we change course!
ONE LOOK AT CALIFORNIA SHOWS COLORADO’S FUTURE
Why do we promote, and cheer growth and expansion to the detriment of our ‘quality of health’; ‘quality of life’ and ‘quality of emotions’? Why do we race toward water shortages by expanding our population? Why do we encourage air pollution and gridlock traffic? Why do our leaders expect and protect the ‘growth paradigm’ that creates all of our problems?
I encourage you to write the TV and radio stations in Colorado to demand they address a viable and sustainable future for Colorado. You might suggest ideas for them to entertain.
Ask them to investigate:
Brian Maass: 303 830 6472
Rick Salinger: 303 830 6484
Ron Zappolo email@example.com
Go to their websites and give them your thoughts on what actions we must take to stop unending and disastrous growth in Colorado. Try on a few of these ideas:
Actions and results:
Moratorium on all new home building and business expansion.
This would stabilize population that would stabilize traffic and people congestion.
Refurbish and rebuild infrastructure around the state to bring a higher quality of roads and rebuilt inner cities.
This would allow excellent roads, excellent upkeep, modernize what we have and create greater efficiency.
Build more open space and quality parks for spiritual and mental sanity within Denver and other cities to become a model for other states.
This would help people relax, enjoy nature, fulfill their spiritual need to touch nature which would mean less Aleve headaches and road rage since you actually arrived home 30 minutes earlier daily.
Concentrate on cleaning up the toxic Brown Cloud we all breathe with every breath.
Such actions would allow us to move toward healthier and cleaner air to breathe.
We would no longer be able to ‘see’ the air we breathe. Our lungs would clear as well as our minds as we once again served oxygen to our brains.
Get to know your neighbors!
Instead of cursing, flipping the bird and texting to someone you barely know other than electronically, you could actually talk to your neighbors and create community.
Let’s propose a “Colorado Sustainable Population Policy” that would become the envy of the world.
Such a policy would bring a new paradigm shift to a stable, energy efficient and rich legacy for Colorado and the world.
Instead o chasing our tails mindlessly like a dog, let’s act with reason and visionary solutions.
Finally, we would enjoy enough water, pure air; unhurried and sane lie along with the ability to travel to the mountains in winter and summer with ease and grace to enjoy our recreation periods instead of bumper to bumper that makes us want to slice our collective throats.
Does that make sense or what?! If it does, and it does make sense, send it to all your friends, to every city in the nation and speak up about a new way to deal with our congested cities! Your kids will thank you! Let’s promote a “US Sustainable Population Policy” the envy of the world!
Sooner or later, we will arrive at population balance. Either by our own or nature’s hand! Which would you rather see for your children?
View the movie: www.blindspotdoc.com for a compelling understanding of why we must change our growth paradigm to stable and sustainable future.
Most important: “US Sustainable Population Policy” and “US Sustainable Immigration Policy of 100,000 Annually”. Hint: legal and illegal immigration constitute the main population-drives creating our environmental and demographic nightmare.
To take action: First and foremost, join www.numbersusa.com and become one of nearly a million Americans making impact with pre-written faxes and phone calls to change immigration policies toward a stable future. Bi-partisan and highly effective.
Second, join www.thesocialcontract.com for up to date information via the Social Contract Quarterly for $25.00 a year. Exceptional publication to keep you informed.
www.fairus.org ; www.vdare.com ; www.alipac.us ; www.firecoalition.com ; www.cairco.org ; www.limitstogrowth.com ; www.capsweb.org ; www.populationmedia.org ; www.worldpopulationbalance.org; www.cis.org
Visit this site for a rendition of Colorado Governor Lamm’s speech: “How to Destroy America”
Please visit Annie Leonard at www.storyofstuff.com for a compelling and highly interesting 20 minute video concerning our high consumption, highly wasteful and unsustainable society. She educates and provides avenues for you to make a difference.
Visit this web site by Chris Martenson: http://www.chrismartenson.com/environmental_data
In Colorado: visit www.soprisfoundation.org for information how you can network with like-minded folks to create a more sustainable future for Colorado and other states.
View CNN’s “Planet in Peril” with Anderson Cooper and Lisa Ling:
BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA: D.C.: (202)224-2854
CHICAGO, IL: (312)886-3506
SPRINGFIELD, IL: (217)492-5089
MARION, IL.: (618)997-2402
MOLINE, IL.: (309)736-1217
PLEASE FORWARD THIS EMAIL
President-Elect Obama created a new email form on his change.gov website. He wants Americans to tell him their story. Samples below.
OBAMA WANTS TO HEAR THE PLIGHT OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. Why not write President-Elect Obama and tell him how illegal aliens have affected you in your community.
EMAIL FORM AN AMERICAN MOMENT – TO BARACK OBAMA
FROM OBAMA’S CHANGE.COM WEBSITE
An American Moment
Books to read: “The Long Emergency” by James Howard Kunstler
“Peak Everything” by Richard Heinberg
“Too Many People” by Lindsey Grant
Become a member of “Frosty’s Press Agent Corps” whereby you volunteer a few hours to send out emails to top TV and radio hosts to offer top speakers on America’s overpopulation crisis driven by unending immigration. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and receive two informational letters showing you exactly what to do.
Roy Beck’s “IMMIGRATION BY THE NUMBERS” is the single best educational appreciation of America’s future if we allow ourselves to add another 100 million people. Just click on this site for the most sobering experience of your children’s future.
Roy Beck gives a graphic presentation of our fate if we continue to allow legal and illegal immigration to swamp this country. If you have children, you will be particular unnerved at their fate. I know Roy Beck personally and his integrity and knowledge stand at the top. Pass this web site 14 minute video far and wide across America to educate everyone you know. We either stop this human tsunami or the future of this country will be much like Rome’s. We must, as a nation and a civilization, move to secure our country from this massive, unrelenting population overload from a line that never ends. This will be the most compelling 14 minute video of your life.
Bob Woodruff of ABC asked input from all citizens concerning the future of our planet. Go to www.earth2100.tv for a sobering reality check as to what we face and to what I have been writing about for the past 20 years. Our ‘window’ to change to a balanced population and non-polluting energy diminishes every day we listen to irresponsible media and thus ignore the blatant symptoms manifesting all over America and the planet.
From: Frosty Wooldridge
This three minute interview with Adam Schrager on “Your Show” May 4, 2008, NBC Channel 9 News, addresses the ramifications of adding 120 million people to USA in 35 years and six million people to Colorado as to water shortages, air pollution, loss of farmland, energy costs and degradation of quality of life. In the interview, Frosty Wooldridge explains the ramifications of adding 120 million people to the USA in 35 years. He advances new concepts such as a “Colorado Carrying Capacity Policy”; “Colorado Environmental Impact Policy”; “Colorado Water Usage Policy”; “Colorado Sustainable Population Policy”. Nationally, the USA needs a “National Sustainable Population Policy” to determine the carrying capacity of this nation for the short and long term. Wooldridge is available for interviews on radio and TV having interviewed on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and FOX.
Go to: www.frostywooldridge.com and click on “Audio/Video” tab
Frosty Wooldridge has bicycled across six continents – from the Arctic to the South Pole – as well as six times across the USA, coast to coast and border to border. In 2005, he bicycled from the Arctic Circle, Norway to Athens, Greece. He presents “The Coming Population Crisis in America: and what you can do about it” to civic clubs, church groups, high schools and colleges. He works to bring about sensible world population balance at www.frostywooldridge.com