In 1904, Scientific American reported that alpine glaciers had receded considerably for a long period of years, and that the Jakobshavn Glacier in Greenland had retreated eight miles in 53 years – about two feet per day.
'The real problem we face is sustaining population. The replacement fertility rate is 2.1, and in certain places where they fail to meet this threshold -- parts of Europe and Japan, for example -- they've suffered economic and cultural stagnation. Here in the United States we have, for a variety of reasons, long struggled with this problem, as the Wall Street Journal's Jonathan Last has argued. The success of developing nations also portends a similar slow-down. Here's a provocative thought: Maybe it's the best time in history to have children.'
KCRA TV 3'S TOM MILLER: 'Under the new laws, temperature would rise slower, just 1-2 degrees.'
'Law to extend efforts to fight climate change until 2030'
Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco: 'We can wean ourselves from a fossil fuel 20th Century to a renewably fueled 21st Century, which is where we all know we need to get if we're going to have a planet on which to live in the decades ahead.'
CNN's BRIAN STELTER: 'It's got to be connected to climate change. It's got to be pointed out that there is evidence that these are happening more often due to climate change and are more extreme due to climate change.'
Climate Depot's Marc Morano comments: 'U.S. environmentalists are taking a page from China's mandatory one-child policy even as China abandons the policy. If these wacky climate activists believed their own literature they would realize that 'global warming' may lead to less kids! (See: Climate Change Kills the Mood: Economists Warn of Less Sex on a Warmer Planet) The warmists have now graduated from regulating our light bulbs, coal plants and SUVs to regulating our family size. Let's keep 'global warming' out of the bedroom! Let's give families the freedom to choose how many kids they want!'
"Philosopher Travis Rieder asks how old they will be in 2036, and, if they are thinking of having kids, how old their kids will be. "Dangerous climate change is going to be happening by then," he says. "Very, very soon."
"Here's a provocative thought: Maybe we should protect our kids by not having them," Rieder says.
"I'm not ready to have children because I don't know what the climate's gonna be like in 50 years'
Bringing down global fertility by just half a child per woman "could be the thing that saves us," he says.
Rieder proposes that richer nations do away with tax breaks for having children and actually penalize new parents. He says the penalty should be progressive, based on income, and could increase with each additional child. Think of it like a carbon tax, on kids.
Johnson said a carbon tax “sounds good in theory, but it wouldn’t work in practice.” - “We were looking at—I was looking at—what I heard was a carbon fee which from a free-market standpoint would actually address the issue and cost less,” Johnson told New Hampshire voters Thursday. “I have determined that, you know what, it’s a great theory but I don’t think it can work, and I’ve worked my way through that.”