Birth Rates Continue to Plunge: US Census Bureau

By Jenna Murphy WASHINGTON, August 19, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The percentage of childless women who have reached the end of their child-bearing years in the United States has doubled from 10% to 20% in the last 30 years, reported the US Census Bureau on Monday. The survey also found that,…

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According to this article in USA today, more children were born in the United States in 2007 than any other year in history.

usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-07-16-baby-boomlet_N.htm

Yes, I am not sure what LifeSite is up to this time. The source they give is a US Census press release from 2003. :confused:

Many of you here are going to be too young to remember it, but 35 years ago, the liberals were all bleating about overpoplation. “Oh, we’re not going to have enough room left on Planet Earth for all the people!”

Now, with birth rates diving in Europe, Russia, and North America, with perpetual famines decimating populations in Africa, and a demographic disaster about to hit China in the next quarter-century, we find that “overpopulation” was a myth promulagted by erudite college professors and the leftist media.

Why do I mention this? Because of global warming.

In 2043, 35 years from now, when the planet has cooled down and no global disaster ever occured, think back on this, and learn. (By then, of course, the leftist media will have some new alarmist theory , predicting some horrendous disaster about to do us all in. And in 2078, people will be looking back on that one and laughing about it.)

In 2043, 35 years from now, when the planet has cooled down and no global disaster ever occured, think back on this, and learn.

It better get started soon. The last eight years are, on the average, the hottest ever recorded. What makes you think it’s going to cool down unless there’s a drastic change in the factors that are heating it up?

BTW, the US is actually gaining population. Hispanics, which are a growing part of our population are having well over the necessary number of kids to replace themselves. I believe the average is now 2.3.

If we wouldn’t mind a somewhat less opulent lifestyle, we could have a lot more people here, with no disaster, BTW.

Learn about it here.

Only according to some records. Others indicate that the 1930’s were hotter. Until the brilliant scientists can come to some sort of agreement, it’s all speculation. One thinks of the old proverb about “Lies, damned lies, and statistics”.

What makes you think it’s going to cool down unless there’s a drastic change in the factors that are heating it up?

Because we don’t know what’s heating it up, for one thing. Bleating liberals will wring their hands and tell us it’s all human activity. On the other hand, CO2 has been building up in the atmosphere for the last 80,000 years—so unless you count campfires and intestinal flatulence, it’s a little hard to blame a good portion of that on human beings. Very likely it’s all part of Earth’s natural long-term cycles. The majority of greenhouse emissions come from the oceans, so what should we do, drain the seas?

Secondly, these predictions are all made by means of computer models, which are notoriously skewed by the data fed into them; and even if they were scrupulously accurate, we’ve only been collecting fairly reliable and detailed data for about 100 years or so. Trying to predict what the planet’s climate will do based on 100 years of observation is like trying to predict what the stock market will do for the next 100 years based on two seconds of observation. Like it or not, we simply do not have enough information to make prognostications. It wounds our hubristic scientific pride, certainly, but it’s the truth.

BTW, the US is actually gaining population. Hispanics, which are a growing part of our population are having well over the necessary number of kids to replace themselves. I believe the average is now 2.3.

But they still comprise only 6.5% of the total population. Granted, at the rate they’re coming over the border, that may well change, but it won’t be due to a baby boom so much as by immigration. And it’s still only one small facet of the overall population of the country, and the world at large. It is true that the population of the United States increased by 13% from 1990 to 2000, while the rest of the developed world only grew by 2.5%, but the factors indicate that this was primarily due to immigration, not fertility.

If we wouldn’t mind a somewhat less opulent lifestyle, we could have a lot more people here, with no disaster, BTW.

Well, if we could convince everyone in the world to live in mud huts with a communal well and no electricty or petroleum consumption, it would certainly salve our politically-correct induced guilt, but it also wouldn’t lift anyone above the status of bushmen, either, would it? I mean, one of the reasons we have all those people coming here over the border is because they want a more “opulent lifestyle” instead of living in a refrigerator shipping crate in a slum outside of Rio de Janiero, no?

Learn about it here.

Where?

Barbarian on supposed cooling:
It better get started soon. The last eight years are, on the average, the hottest ever recorded.

Only according to some records.

Others indicate that the 1930’s were hotter.

Hmm… let’s take a look.

http://geology.com/news/images/global-warming-graph.jpg

Nope. No year in the 30s was as warm as the last 20.

Until the brilliant scientists can come to some sort of agreement, it’s all speculation.

The deniers are pretty scarce. This isn’t arguable, BTW, even the deniers generally accept that the data is accurate, but claim the sun is just getting hotter.

Barbarian observes:
What makes you think it’s going to cool down unless there’s a drastic change in the factors that are heating it up?

Because we don’t know what’s heating it up, for one thing.

Anthropogenic CO2. It’s well-established. Even many former deniers, like George W. Bush, are admitting it’s true.

On the other hand, CO2 has been building up in the atmosphere for the last 80,000 years—so unless you count campfires and intestinal flatulence, it’s a little hard to blame a good portion of that on human beings.

No, that’s wrong. In fact, the temperature is very well correlated with CO2, which is a known greenhouse gas.

Secondly, these predictions are all made by means of computer models, which are notoriously skewed by the data fed into them;

They predicted the present rise in temperatures pretty well, so we know they work.

Barbarian observes:
BTW, the US is actually gaining population. Hispanics, which are a growing part of our population are having well over the necessary number of kids to replace themselves. I believe the average is now 2.3.

But they still comprise only 6.5% of the total population.

Turns out, that’s enough to keep our population growing. Other groups are just slightly below replacement, and they are significantly above.

Granted, at the rate they’re coming over the border, that may well change, but it won’t be due to a baby boom so much as by immigration.

Nope. Far more are born each year than immigrate.

Barbarian observes:
If we wouldn’t mind a somewhat less opulent lifestyle, we could have a lot more people here, with no disaster, BTW.

Well, if we could convince everyone in the world to live in mud huts with a communal well and no electricty or petroleum consumption, it would certainly salve our politically-correct induced guilt, but it also wouldn’t lift anyone above the status of bushmen, either, would it?

If we did that, it would greatly reduce the population; such societies are unable to maintain a population as dense as ours.

I mean, one of the reasons we have all those people coming here over the border is because they want a more “opulent lifestyle” instead of living in a refrigerator shipping crate in a slum outside of Rio de Janiero, no?

Ironic, um? We still have a bit of room to grow, although warming is now prolonging the drought in the high plains, which means less food than before.

Catholic families seem to be getting smaller. Many Catholic families consist of two or three children.
But Muslim families are large. At least in our neighborhood, one Muslim family has six children, the other has seven children.

Catholic families seem to be getting smaller. Many Catholic families consist of two or three children.

But Muslim families are large. At least in our neighborhood, one Muslim family has six children, the other has seven children.

Muslims are not a very important part of American society. And they are losing ground to Hispanics, who comprise a rapidly-growing segment of the population.

The number of Muslims appears to be growing rather rapidly in this local area where several new mosques have been built.
And there have been a few Catholic Churches which have been closed down.

The US population is growing due to immigration, not the birth rate. The Hispanic birth rate does vastly overshadow that of other groups, particularly non-Hispanic whites, but over all the US, like Europe and Japan is a consumer of people, not a producer of people. NIgeria, Brazil, the Moslem world and Latin America will be the key players in this century, China and India notwithstanding.

Yes and no. Yes, if you look at the past decade, but the recent couple of years have shown an increased birth rate.

Still, immigration has always helped the US. Population growth is one more reason for the US to welcome immigrants.

The number of Muslims appears to be growing rather rapidly in this local area where several new mosques have been built.
And there have been a few Catholic Churches which have been closed down.

Because of immigration, Catholics outnumber Muslims by a greater margin now than just a few years ago.

how does this relate to the question of birth rates?

how does this relate to the question of birth rates?

Hispanic immigrants have larger families. And this is what drives the increase.

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