For people who are looking for ways to reduce their "carbon footprint," here's one radical idea that could have a big long-term impact, some scientists say: Have fewer kids.The only time the words "carbon footprint" and "kid" should be used in the same sentence is when a father says to his son, "Kid, if you don't mow the lawn right now, I'm going to put my carbon footprint up your ass."
A study by statisticians at Oregon State University 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 environment-friendly practices people might employ during their entire lives - things like driving a high mileage car, recycling, or using energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs.
Reproductive choices haven't gained as much attention in the consideration of human impact to the Earth, Murtaugh said. When an individual produces a child - and that child potentially produces more descendants in the future - the effect on the environment can be many times the impact produced by a person during their lifetime.With a current Science Czar who digs eugenics and sterilization I can only assume that reproductive choices will soon gain the attention these loons so deeply desire.
But, maybe they have a point. Can you imagine the carbon footprint of the Duggars? With 18 kids... and counting... Jim Bob and Michelle just might be solely responsible for the destruction of our planet. Plus the father really loves hairspray! Get the pitchforks and torches, Ma! We're heading to Arkansas! We're gonna save us some Earth!
Why not just institute the Cash For Kids Program and get it over with? Trade in your biological kid for a hybrid vehicle and get up to $4,500 back on qualifying toddlers.
It was bad enough when Man was ruining the planet but it's hard to sit by quietly and watch babies take the rap.