Oregon State University gives Holdren wet dreams

A study by the Oregon State Oregon State University media release is. no doubt, giving science “Czar” John Holdren wet dreams in his desire to start scheduling forced abortions for a zero population growth. The study by statisticians concluded that in the United States, the carbon legacy and greenhouse gas impact of an extra child is almost 20 times more important than some of the other environmentally sensitive practices people might employ their entire lives – things like driving a high mileage car, recycling, or using energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs.

The abstract to the full study published on Science Direct states, “Much attention has been paid to the ways that people’s home energy use, travel, food choices and other routine activities affect their emissions of carbon dioxide and, ultimately, their contributions to global warming. However, the reproductive choices of an individual are rarely incorporated into calculations of his personal impact on the environment. Here we estimate the extra emissions of fossil carbon dioxide that an average individual causes when he or she chooses to have children. The summed emissions of a person’s descendants, weighted by their relatedness to him, may far exceed the lifetime emissions produced by the original parent. Under current conditions in the United States, for example, each child adds about 9441 metric tons of carbon dioxide to the carbon legacy of an average female, which is 5.7 times her lifetime emissions. A person’s reproductive choices must be considered along with his day-to-day activities when assessing his ultimate impact on the global environment.” You have to pay to see the full article so we cannot tell if this “mathematician” took into account possible advances by real “scientists” in the future or the fact that many real “scientists” are climbing onboard the anti-global warming bandwagon.

It is obvious from this “study” that “cap-and-trade” and the Cash for Clunkers program will have no noticeable impact on the environment and should be scraped as boondoggles.

According to Family planning: A major environmental emphasis, their “study” advises that, “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.” Those “Some people” probably include those who are not part of the Obamanation, who oppose health care and other communists institutions in the United States, and those who teach their children the United States is a Constitutional Republic rather than a Democracy.

“In discussions about climate change, we tend to focus on the carbon emissions of an individual over his or her lifetime,” said Paul Murtaugh, an OSU professor of statistics. “Those are important issues and it’s essential that they should be considered. But an added challenge facing us is continuing population growth and increasing global consumption of resources.”

Murtaugh blames procreation for adding to the “carbon footprint” exponentially. “Many people are unaware of the power of exponential population growth,” Murtaugh said. “Future growth amplifies the consequences of people’s reproductive choices today, the same way that compound interest amplifies a bank balance.”

The researchers make it clear they are not advocating government controls or intervention on population issues, but say they simply want to make people aware of the environmental consequences of their reproductive choices.

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