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Global Warming and the Rise of the Neo-Malthusians

Well, many of the conspiracy theorists have been right, I hate to say. Except in this instance, these aren’t conspiracies at all. They are just openly talking about their ideas.

Follow me here on the logic train concerning CO2 output and climate change: if global warming due to human interference is a frightening reality, then logically, what is the biggest step that needs to be taken by governments and people around the world to reduce carbon output, if we really want to make an impact at lightening speed? Well, you reduce the number of people. Makes sense right?

That is exactly what is being proposed at the Copenhagen climate change conference in Denmark. China has made a strong case for it, citing their policies as an example. In addition, the Canadian national newspaper is calling for a worldwide one child policy. On a practical level, these are the very things I’ve feared coming as a result of the global warming fear mongering: policies that go way beyond the environment.

Oddly enough, our science czar, John Holdren, proposed some other frightening policies in a book he co-authored entitled Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment. In it, they argue that in order to control population sizes, sterilants in drinking water and forced abortions would be ideal. Makes you wonder what other brilliant ideas they have in store for us.

In addition to this, Oregon State University came out with a “ground-breaking” revelation recently concerning the green movement, that aligns perfectly with these proposals at Copenhagen: “Some people who are serious about wanting to reduce their ‘carbon footprint’ on the Earth have one choice available to them that may yield a large long-term benefit – have one less child.” They posit this as a voluntary idea at the moment. Yet, when hysteria takes effect, as it has in Copenhagen, these ideas are no longer voluntary, but compulsory.

I just can’t even believe what I’m reading. Here are a few excerpts:

CHINA: Population control called key to Global Warming deal:

“‘Dealing with climate change is not simply an issue of CO2 emission reduction but a comprehensive challenge involving political, economic, social, cultural and ecological issues, and the population concern fits right into the picture,’ said Zhao, who is a member of the Chinese government delegation.”

“Many studies link population growth with emissions and the effect of climate change.”

“This holistic approach that integrates policy on population and development, a strategy promoting sustainable development of population, resources and environment should serve as a model for integrating population programs into the framework of climate change adaptation, she said”

Canada’s National Newspaper calls for Worldwide One Child Policy:

“The ‘inconvenient truth’ overhanging the UN’s Copenhagen conference is not that the climate is warming or cooling, but that humans are overpopulating the world.

“A planetary law, such as China’s one-child policy, is the only way to reverse the disastrous global birthrate currently, which is one million births every four days.”

“Ironically, China, despite its dirty coal plants, is the world’s leader in terms of fashioning policy to combat environmental degradation, thanks to its one-child-only edict.”

“[Environmental policies] will [not] work unless a China one-child policy is imposed. Unfortunately, there are powerful opponents. Leaders of the world’s big fundamentalist religions preach in favor of procreation and fiercely oppose birth control. And most political leaders in emerging economies perpetuate a disastrous Catch-22: Many children (i. e. sons) stave off hardship in the absence of a social safety net or economic development, which, in turn, prevents protections or development.”

“China has proven that birth restriction is smart policy. Its middle class grows, all its citizens have housing, health care, education and food, and the one out of five human beings who live there are not overpopulating the planet.”

“For those who balk at the notion that governments should control family sizes, just wait until the growing human population turns twice as much pastureland into desert as is now the case, or when the Amazon is gone, the elephants disappear for good and wars erupt over water, scarce resources and spatial needs.”

Notice that “fundamentalist religions” are the biggest opponents. That’s a whole issue in and of itself. I digress …

If China is the model for developed governments around the world in population reduction in order to reduce carbon output, we are in for it. I have no idea what many of our leaders think about these things, or what is being done quietly, in secret, behind closed doors. But we do know what John Holdren thinks, one of President Obama’s czar’s.

What do others think, like you know, officials at the EPA, especially after their ruling that CO2 is hazardous to the public the other day? I’d sure like to know.

This is a great explanation of Malthusianism and population control theories in light of environmentalism by Kevin DeYoung: The Malthusians Strike Back

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