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Condoms are Greenest Technology Ever

This British columnist obviously hates children so he wants the government to offer free trips to Disney to people who don't have children. Man, just think how those kids you didn't have would've loved going to Disney! Pundette has the story:

Something wicked this way comes. This time the oracle is Alex Renton of the Guardian:
The worst thing that you or I can do for the planet is to have children. If they behave as the average person in the rich world does now, they will emit some 11 tonnes of CO² every year of their lives. In their turn, they are likely to have more carbon-emitting children who will make an even bigger mess. If Britain is to meet the government's target of an 80% reduction in our emissions by 2050, we need to start reversing our rising rate of population growth immediately.

And if that makes sense, why not start cutting population everywhere? Are condoms not the greenest technology of all?
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Susan said...

Right, that's just the thing for the UK, which has negative population growth even with immigration, if I'm not mistaken. I will grant that he may have a point about how more children will mean more carbon *if* they live a wasteful, consumerist lifestyle of needing to have all the latest things. Of course, it's my experience (limited though it may be) that those with more children also tend to be more frugal, and don't get a car for each kid, or a TV for each kid, etc.

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