You knew THIS was coming
In case we didn’t appreciate how deeply intrusive to individual liberty and economic vitality controlling carbon emissions really is, we can now thank the Chinese for bringing it into sharp focus.
Population control called key to deal
By Li Xing (China Daily)
COPENHAGEN: Population and climate change are intertwined but the population issue has remained a blind spot when countries discuss ways to mitigate climate change and slow down global warming, according to Zhao Baige, vice-minister of National Population and Family Planning Commission of China (NPFPC) .
“Dealing with climate change is not simply an issue of CO2 emission reduction but a comprehensive challenge involving political, economic, social, cultural and ecological issues, and the population concern fits right into the picture,” said Zhao, who is a member of the Chinese government delegation.
“Fits right in” is right. This from a country that uses forced abortion to enforce its one-child policy. It unashamedly defends that brutal policy despite the carnage it has wrought. It celebrates it even though it has resulted in a shortage of women because boys are more highly prized in that society. It claims great societal benefit even though it has created an aging population that it will not be able to support in a few years resulting a societal time-bomb of ill cared for seniors.
Although China’s family planning policy has received criticism over the past three decades, Zhao said that China’s population program has made a great historic contribution to the well-being of society.
As a result of the family planning policy, China has seen 400 million fewer births, which has resulted in 18 million fewer tons of CO2 emissions a year, Zhao said.
Remember that this way of thinking is very close to that of those pushing the GW strategy. Words have consequences and thoughts drive policy.