If current population trends continue . . .
- The population of the U.S. will increase to more than 600 million by 2080, and in 2150 it will equal China’s present size.
- World population will achieve 14 billion by the year 2075 and 30 billion by 2150.
- By 2015 China will be importing more oil than the U.S. does that year.
- By 2030 China will be absorbing all available global oil exports, leaving none for the US or Europe.
- In just eight years China will be burning as much coal as the entire world uses today.
- Natural gas will be virtually free in the U.S. by 2015.
- Officially assessed U.S. natural gas reserves will be exhausted by 2025.
- China’s economy will be eight times as big as it is today by 2040.
- China’s economy will surpass the size of the present global economy before 2050.
- The U.S. federal debt will double—from $14 trillion to $28 trillion—by 2022.
- In 2072, the federal debt will amount to $896 trillion, or $1,629,091 for each American (assuming a U.S. population then of 550 million).
- By the end of the century, each American will “owe” more than a billion dollars.
- Thanks to the doubling of U.S. households living on less than $2 per person per day between 1996 and 2011, in 150 years there will be about 1.5 billion Americans living on practically no income.
- The number of billionaires in the world (having grown from 793 to 1210 in just two years, from 2009 to 2011) will equal the world population in only 70 years. (Given the previous trend, this is especially gratifying news: since the rate of growth in the number of billionaires in the world exceeds the rate of growth in extreme poverty in the U.S., this means each American will become a billionaire before his or her grandchildren plunge into desperate poverty).
- Thanks to Moore’s Law (whereby the number of transistors that can be placed inexpensively on an integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years), within 20 years transistors will be the size of an atom, and after another generation or so, “transistors” (if they can be called such, at that point) they will be the size of an electron.
- It will eventually be possible to download into a computer all the memories and even the personality of a human individual.
- Due to the decades-long decline in male sperm counts, apparently caused by a proliferation of environmental hydrocarbon-based, estrogen-mimicking pollutants, the human species will go extinct sometime within the next two centuries.
- With China’s coal consumption climbing at eight percent per year, annual global greenhouse gas emissions will skyrocket, setting off multiple strong self-reinforcing environmental feedbacks that will ensure the melting of all polar ice, the death of the oceans and the collapse of most agricultural production on the planet.
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