'At its finest, skepticism is a form of intellectual honesty. It helps prevent us from succumbing to confirmation bias. Importantly, it helps us hold our intellectual and political allies to the same standard to which we hold our opponents.'
How far is Rieder is willing to go with his addled attack on having children? This far:
"If I release a murderer from prison, knowing full well that he intends to kill innocent people, then I bear some responsibility for those deaths — even though the killer is also fully responsible. My having released him doesn’t make him less responsible (he did it!). But his doing it doesn’t eliminate my responsibility either. Something similar is true, I think, when it comes to having children."
Kids ‘Exploited’ - Marc Morano, executive director of Climate Depot, a project of the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, says environmentalists’ use of children to enact climate policies they couldn’t get through legislation is just another underhanded tactic activists employ. “Climate activists could not convince Congress to pass cap-and-trade legislation, they could not persuade the American public to be afraid of ‘global warming,’ and they failed to get carbon taxes and UN climate treaties ratified, so they used [President Barack] Obama to bypass democracy and impose domestic climate policy through executive orders, Environmental Protection Agency regulations, and a UN climate pact [Paris Climate Agreement] without Senate ratification,” Morano said. “Now, Trump has undone the regulations and the UN pact, leaving climate activists clinging to the courts as their last gasp. “And what better way to use the courts than to exploit kids in a ridiculous lawsuit?” said Morano. “Using kids to fight the climate change battles is disgusting, but sadly expected. A child-based lawsuit brings in media, money, and attempts to prey on fears of ‘the children’s’ future ruined by ‘climate change.’”
Climate change has been blamed for a dizzying array of absurd woes, from the dwindling number of customers at Bulgarian brothels to the death of the Loch Ness monster. Most of us can see through these silly headlines, but it’s far harder to parse the more serious claims when they’re repeated in good faith by well-meaning campaigners.
Consider the recent assertion by Unicef’s Bangladesh head of mission that climate change leads to an increase in child marriages. Between 2011 and 2020 globally, more than 140 million girls under the age of 18 will become brides, leading to curtailed education and reduced lifetime earnings, more domestic violence, more deaths from complications due to pregnancy and increased mortality for the young brides’ children. By all accounts, child marriage must be taken seriously. In Bangladesh, nearly 75% of women between the ages of 20 and 49 reported that they were married before they turned 18, giving the country the second-highest rate of child marriage in the world. As the Unicef head tells it, climate change has been a major cause, as warmer weather has worsened the flooding, pushing people to the cities, leading to more child marriages. This entire string of logic is wrong. The frequency of extreme floods in Bangladesh has increased, it’s true, but studies show their magnitude and duration have in fact decreased. And Bangladesh is far better at adapting today than it was a generation ago. In 1974, a flood killed 29,000 people and cost 7.5% of the country’s gross domestic product. A slightly larger flood in 2004 killed 761 people and cost 3.3% of GDP.