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CAPS Falsely Blames Immigrants for Environmental Problems


Katie Bezrouch • Apr 24, 2009

Environmentalists everywhere need to stand up against hate groups in America.

Californians For Population Stabilization (CAPS) is an anti-immigrant group that has been pushing its racist agenda on Californians for years now. They insist that immigrants are responsible for the “destruction of forests, national parks, and natural habitats….over-consumption of precious natural resources; deadly sewage on our beaches; continually expanding urban sprawl; and more.”  Out of all of the bogus, bigoted ideas put forth by CAPS, this is by far the most ridiculous reason to hate on the immigrant community. Most recently CAPS released their “Nine Things to Talk About on Earth Day”, another attempt to position themselves as an organization that cares about the environment.

But that’s just it, CAPS isn’t really concerned about population or the environment. Just a few weeks ago Rick Oltman of CAPS was on FOX talking to Glenn Beck. Was he commenting on overpopulation or environmental issues? No, he was talking about President Obama’s sweet little old aunt who he thinks should be kicked out of the country.

The main flaw in CAPS overpopulation argument is that immigrants, as a group, have nothing to do with the global population problem. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: it does not matter if someone lives in Tijuana or San Diego. Wherever they are, they are still humans contributing to stresses on the environment. As far as mother earth is concerned, population growth is strictly a global problem, and she cares not where you are on the planet. The U.S. imports almost twice the amount of goods as it exports, so most of the negative environmental consequences of our consumerism are taking place elsewhere anyway.

As of now, most environmental groups have not taken a stand against groups like CAPS. This needs to change. We can’t continue to allow hate groups to blame an impoverished and exploited population for our environmental problems.

CAPS keeps trying to push their square peg through a round hole, and they are making themselves look pretty darn silly. But silly or not, if they continue to position themselves as “real” environmentalists, someone out there will start to believe them. For the sake of the environment and the people who live in it, this real environmentalist doesn’t want to let that happen.

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