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Life Kills!

An article in today’s Times of London reports on the most recent absurdity to come from the mouths of those most green. This from Jonathon Porritt, a climate advisor to the British government:

I am unapologetic about asking people to connect up their own responsibility for their total environmental footprint and how they decide to procreate and how many children they think are appropriate…I think we will work our way towards a position that says that having more than two children is irresponsible.

The Times then offers the following statistic:

The Optimum Population Trust, a campaign group of which Porritt is a patron, says each baby born in Britain will, during his or her lifetime, burn carbon roughly equivalent to 2½ acres of old-growth oak woodland – an area the size of Trafalgar Square.

Human life, you see, is no longer as valuable as preserving the carbon needed to sustain human life.  Or, more precisely, there comes a point at which the amount of carbon being emitted by persons surpasses the net value of the added human life.

This is now what extreme environmentalism calls for:

Porritt, a former chairman of the Green party, says the government must improve family planning, even if it means shifting money from curing illness to increasing contraception and abortion.

So, a two pronged attack on population growth: more abortions to prevent
new lives, and fewer cures that risk prolonging the ones underway.