Thursday, December 13, 2007

Who among your children would you kill?

Ht: Jessica McBride

An Australian "medical expert" has proposed a tax on families with more than two children to pay for more trees to offset their carbon emissions over their lifetimes.

Writing in today's Medical Journal of Australia, Associate Professor Barry Walters said every couple with more than two children should be taxed to pay for enough trees to offset the carbon emissions generated over each child's lifetime.

Professor Walters, clinical associate professor of obstetric medicine at the University of Western Australia and the King Edward Memorial Hospital in Perth, called for condoms and "greenhouse-friendly" services such as sterilisation procedures to earn carbon credits.

And he implied the Federal Government should ditch the $4133 baby bonus and consider population controls like those in China and India.

Professor Walters said the average annual carbon dioxide emission by an Australian individual was about 17 metric tons, including energy use.

"Every newborn baby in Australia represents a potent source of greenhouse gas emissions for an average of 80 years, not simply by breathing but by the profligate consumption of resources typical of our society," he wrote.
Why stop there? Why not just one child? Why are we only considering taxation to coerce families into not having children?

And how destructive to the Earth are any living children? Just think about all those resource and fossil-fuel consuming schools and school buses destroying the Earth? Think of all those methane-emitting cows providing milk for the kids? The numbers of trees destroyed to print the textbooks and paper for a typical child.

If the threat to all mankind is as great as they say, surely we should consider offing a few rugrats now? It's for the Earth, right? Just a modest proposal to help fight global warming.

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