“The most recent example of anti-birth thinking comes from Paul Murtaugh and Michael Schlax of Oregon State University. In a study called ‘Reproduction and the carbon legacies of individuals,’ they suggest that if you truly care about the environment, it’s not enough to trade your SUV for a Prius, use the right lightbulbs, or limit your lawn to organic fertilizers. To the contrary, you need to start thinking about something way more important: i.e., having one less child.
“The ‘basic premise,’ the study reports, is that ‘a person is responsible for emissions of his [descendants].’”
This dangerous kind of thinking presupposes that some human beings have more intrinsic worth than others (i.e.. the human beings who already happen to be living in this world). New human beings are just using our resources and producing more waste.
Remember “science czar” John Holdren’s views on population control? Here again the philosophy seems to be that fewer people equal a “better” world. But without people, does the environment really matter that much? Let’s not attempt to save the planet by equating precious human life with carbon emissions.