'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.
McKibben: 'The coral die-off crisis is a climate crime and Exxon fired the gun' - 'This week we’re staging protests on the ‘crime scene’ of the world’s affected reefs to send a signal that we’re not going to let fossil fuel firms get away with murder'
'When a body falls on the street, the police come to investigate. Did this person die of natural causes, or was there foul play involved? When a reef dies, we ask the scientists. And this year they’ve told us the answer in no uncertain terms. The amazingly rapid die-off of a huge percentage of the world’s coral reefs is not a sad but normal tragedy; it’s a crime. Perhaps the fastest, most widespread crime of the global warming era.'
Climate Depot Responds with Scientific Reality Check:
Scientist Dr. William Briggs mocks: 'The promised destruction of our littlest ones is why NPR and a group of academic philosophers say we should “protect our kids by not having them.” Protect our kids by not having them? That’s like saying the way to protect your house from fire is by not building it, or that the way to protect against crop failure is to cease farming.
The reports of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC), which reference hundreds of research papers published in the world’s leading science journals, demonstrate that Trump’s climate skepticism is well substantiated. Marc Morano, the executive director of ClimateDepot.com, one of the world’s most influential skeptical Web sites, told Canada’s Rebel Media: “Trump is the first Republican Presidential nominee that has ever staked out a strongly science supported skeptical position not only on climate science claims, but also on the solutions.”