Bill Gates: Use vaccines to lower population - News from Jerusalem Were adding 77 million energy-consuming people to the planet every year! We can't recycle and conserve our way out of the problem. We don't have unlimited resources. Consequences of JUST Continued U.S. Population Growth: *One acre of farmland or wild land lost for every person added. *25.55 barrels of oil consumed annually for every person added. *12,331 kilowatt-hours of electricity consumed annually for every person added. *1,932 cubic meters of water withdrawn annually from aquifers for every person added.