Monday, January 04, 2010

Climate Change Chicanery

The following is taken from Regis Nicoll's article 'Climate Change Chicanery'.

Take Paul Watson, co-founder of Greenpeace. At a time when birth rates around the globe are falling below replacement levels, Mr. Watson writes that humans are “a virus . . . killing our host the planet Earth” which is in desperate need of an “invasive” cure. How invasive? “We need to radically and intelligently reduce human populations to fewer than one billion.”

After doing the math, that means 5.5 billion folks gotta go, and fast. I dunno, but I’m willing to bet that Mr. Watson doesn’t have his loved ones (or himself) signing onto that plan.

In the same vein, but less invasive, Dr. Barry Walters proposes a climate-change tax for couples having more than two children. Walters suggests an initial tax of $5,000 for each “extra” child with an $800 levy every year, thereafter. His plan is spiced with carbon credits for contraceptives and sterilization procedures. Curious that Dr. Walters’ specialty is obstetrics. I wonder whether he generates more income by bringing children into the world or keeping them out of it.

Frighteningly, his ideas are not fringe schemes from some Mengelean scientist; they are the proposals of a prominent physician mainstreamed in the esteemed Medical Journal of Australia. And Dr. Walters is not alone.

In the British Medical Journal, Dr. John Guillebaud urged his countrymen to stop having children to “reduce global warming.” And Garry Egger of the New South Wales Centre for Health Promotion and Research insists, “The debate (around population control) needs to be reopened as part of a second ecological revolution.”

It's a revolution whose natural conclusion would be the end of the only inhabitants of planet Earth capable of caring about such matters. But it is an end that chic science, unguided by fact, reason, or revelation, is steadily slogging toward ever so insouciantly.

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