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Population growth does not always translate into prosperity


  |  Posted: Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 06:00 am

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Re: “City council approves the AirdrieONE plan,” March 16

Dear Editor,

The most important factor for Airdrie people is to retain the small-town feeling. The most obvious and simple solution seems to elude council so here it is:

Do not approve any more residential developments.

AirdrieONE is about sustainability. Population growth is unsustainable. As Kenneth E. Boulding said, “Anyone who believes in indefinite growth in anything physical, on a physically finite planet, is either mad or an economist.” Ask your local politicians to prove that population growth creates prosperity before adopting policies that encourage population growth or approving plans that increase the number of housing units.

Compare the per capita incomes of the most populous countries with the smallest. For further proof that the economy and population are unrelated imagine Alberta if oil prices rose to $200 per barrel next month or fell to $20 per barrel. With no change in population there would be vast changes in personal incomes and per capita wealth.

John McMurray, Rocky View County


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