Today’s post is at The Stream: Global Warming Alarmists Plead: Save the Children By Not Having Them.
Global warming will, of course, doom us all. That is, if the models created by scientists are any guide. Which they aren’t, since these models have for decades predicted temperatures far greater than what we actually see…
Who will fare worst in our coming climate apocalypse? That’s right! The children! The promised destruction of our littlest ones is why NPR and a group of academic philosophers say we should “protect our kids by not having them”.
Protect our kids by not having them? That’s like saying the way to protect your house from fire is by not building it, or that the way to protect against crop failure is to cease farming.
Barren wombs as cure for our climate “catastrophe” makes sense to philosophers Colin Hickey, Travis N. Rieder, and Jake Earl, who defend the idea in “Population Engineering and the Fight against Climate Change”, which will appear in the journal Social Theory and Practice (PDF). They say “threats posed by climate change justify population engineering, the intentional manipulation of the size and structure of human populations.”
Now all philosophical arguments start with something called premises, the assumptions which must be accepted to get the argument going. Here are theirs:
Two uncontroversial ideas set the stage for this article. First, climate change is among the most significant moral problems contemporary societies face, in terms of its urgency, global expanse, and the magnitude of its attending harms. Second, population plays an important role in determining just how bad climate change will be.
Balderdash: both ideas are controversial and, as shown above, both are far from the truth. This is not a good beginning, as Aristotle emphasized: “The least degree of deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold.” Let’s see if that prophecy holds here. From their premises, the authors derive this:…
Go there to read the rest, especially if you want grandchildren. Find out how their argument ends!