Sometimes when progressives say something ridiculous, you just have to stand back and let them persist in their delusions. This morning’s tweet advice from “feminist” Jill Filipovic is one of those times.
The article she tweeted was reporting the results of a study showing which “lifestyle choices” would most impact an individual’s “contribution” to greenhouse gas emissions. Having a child was the lifestyle choice that was most impactful, followed by taking long flights and driving a car.
Have one fewer child – but only in certain countries. The ones with the highest per capita greenhouse gas emissions. You know, like America. If you’re in Bangladesh, you’re cool. You might not be able to feed your child or keep them safe, but you won’t be contributing to the carbon footprint, by golly!
One member of the study team reminded us of an “inconvenient truth.”
“…[W]e are forced to confront the fact that current emission levels are really bad for the planet and human society.”
And now it’s not just your consumption habits and evil fossil fuels that are to blame. Now your mere existence is killing Gaia!
The Chicken Little crowd is wising up a bit and attempting to pre-empt charges that this movement is a cover for the socialist/progressive agenda. Chris Goodall, a writer on climate issues, said:
“The paper usefully reminds us what matters in the fight against global warming. But in some ways it will just reinforce the suspicion of the political right that the threat of climate change is simply a cover for reducing people’s freedom to live as they want.”
But then Jill Filipovic had to come along and ruin it with her anti-choice message. A few Twitter users pointed out in reply that if one really, really was concerned about population growth and its connection with global warming, they could, um, choose to leave the planet before they have children, thus eliminating current emissions and preventing any “accidents” from happening that would add to the gene pool.
One of the study’s authors, Kimberly Nicholas, said:
“We recognise these are deeply personal choices. But we can’t ignore the climate effect our lifestyle actually has.
“In life, there are many values on which people make decisions and carbon is only one of them. I don’t have children, but it is a choice I am considering and discussing with my fiance. Because we care so much about climate change that will certainly be one factor we consider in the decision, but it won’t be the only one.”
As I said at the beginning, this is a situation in which conservatives need to just smile and nod. It’ll all be settled naturally within a few generations.