by Carder
tubes tied.jpgForget the fact that Europe and Japan are in under-population crisis mode. Americans need to get on the hard-core population control bandwagon.
From the Wall Street Journal:

The most recent example of anti-birth thinking comes from Paul Murtaugh and Michael Schlax of Oregon State University.
In a study called “Reproduction and the carbon legacies of individuals,” they suggest that if you truly care about the environment, it’s not enough to trade your SUV for a Prius, use the right lightbulbs, or limit your lawn to organic fertilizers. To the contrary, you need to start thinking about something way more important: i.e., having one less child….

The “basic premise,” the study reports, is that “a person is responsible for emissions of his descendents.”
When Mr. Murtaugh runs the numbers, he finds some alarming results. Take an American woman who checks all the green boxes: She recycles, installs energy efficient windows, cuts back how much she drives, and so on. Yet simply by having two children, Prof. Murtaugh reports, she will add nearly 40 times the amount of carbon dioxide emissions she had saved with those lifestyle changes. No wonder the Los Angeles Times web site reports on this study under the title “Tie Your Tubes and Save the Planet?”

Today it’s a suggestion. Don’t put it past these geniuses that tomorrow, it will become national policy. Exhibit A: Holdren

The president’s science adviser, John Holdren, appears to share Mr. Murtaugh’s worries about too many Americans. In a 1973 article, he argued that “210 million [Americans] now is too many and 280 million in 2040 is likely to be too many.” He concluded that we should encourage women to have fewer children.

This is the same Holdren who advocated tainting the water supply with sterilizing agents to render the population fruitless, among other progressive ideas:

When questioned about this during his confirmation hearings, Mr. Holdren said he no longer thinks it “productive” to focus on the “optimum population” (possibly because America now has 304 million people). But he gave no indication of abandoning the underlying idea that having more Americans is a big problem.

The article concludes with logical hope, which is something Murtaugh, Holdren, and their ilk sorely lack:

The real answer, of course, is to have a little more faith in the creative powers of human beings. Given the freedom to grow and innovate, surely the same people who have licked polio, sent a man to the moon, and given us a revolution in information will sooner or later come up with new technologies that will provide for our energy needs while being friendlier to the environment.

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