Procreation is killing the planet, and traditional religion is to
blame, Global-Warming cultists insist.
First the industrial revolution had to go. Then it was to the wall
with oil company executives, those malignant Carbon Interests. Next,
SUVs were declared enemies of the planet.
Now, the left's attention has shifted back to its perennial
targets -- large families and "patriarchal" religion.
In a commentary in the April 21st edition of
USA TODAY ("Might our religion be killing us?"), Oliver "Buzz"
Thomas quotes the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change -- a
tool of the global village idiots at the United Nations -- to the
effect that Global Warming, caused by CO2 emissions, will lead to
"drought, starvation and species extinction." (Fire and brimstone
coming down from the skies... rivers and seas boiling... forty
years of darkness... dogs and cats living together!)
The culprits are religions that oppose birth control and abortion
and instruct us regarding fructification and multiplication. Thomas
even names names: "Now, consider the Roman Catholic Church's
continued opposition to modern birth control or the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints' (i.e. Mormons) encouragement of large
families... . Many Orthodox Jews and some Muslims also eschew birth
Muslims"? Bet Planned Parenthood isn't doing a land-office business
These benighted faiths are literally drowning us in kids, causing
CO2-levels to rise, the hole in the ozone-layer to grow, and polar
bears to float away on break-away chunks of the rapidly shrinking
Arctic ice cap.
But, what can you expect from churches mired in a literal reading of
Scriptures? Thomas asks. "I recognize that religious organizations
tend to be conservative institutions. Their continued opposition to
equal rights for woman and gays is a good example."
By failing to ordain women and opposing abortion and homosexual
marriage, conservative denominations prove their resistance to
progress and human rights, Buzz sneers.
tendencies also are evident in their callous disregard for the
environment. (For the left, the quintessential spiritual experience
would be an abortion performed at a same-sex marriage ceremony,
while transgendered ushers throw condoms instead of confetti, and
bridesmaids confiscate handguns from passersby.)
Says Thomas: "In the interest of preserving our planet and our
species, shouldn't religious organizations be encouraging smaller
families? Do our spiritual leaders need additional divine revelation
to realize that our current doctrines -- which threaten to take
the entire world down with us -- have become ethically and
Welcome to the Church of Choice -- services performed by the
Reverend Rodham, Sundays at 9 and 11.
For 200 years, the left has been fixated on an imaginary
overpopulation crisis. In 1798, Thomas Malthus warned that
wars, famine and plagues were needed to reduce the "surplus
population" else we would soon inhabit Planet SRO.
In his 1969 book,
"The Population Bomb" (the prequel to "An Inconvenient Truth"), Paul
Ehrlich forecast worldwide famine by 1975. Natural resources would
be severely depleted and arable land exhausted in a futile effort to
keep up with the population explosion. Soon, we would be reduced to
eating each other -- like Democratic presidential candidates in late
April of an election year.
That none of these
doomsday scenarios came to pass is irrelevant to the left. Hysteria
is the only way to propagate their creed. The Today Show's
Matt Lauer insists: "The stark reality is that there are too many of
us. And we consume too much... The solutions are not a secret:
control population, recycle, reduce consumption." Spoken like a TV
personality feigning an idea.
How many people are
too many? They never tell us. As Dr. Jacqueline Kasun
noted in "The War Against Population: The Economics and Ideology of
World Population Control" (1998), humans occupy 1% to 3% of the
earth's land surface.
A decade ago, all
5.8 billion of us could have fit in the state of Texas, with each
having 1,269 square feet of living-space -- the equivalent of a
Since 1900, the
world's population has quadrupled, while the planet's GDP has
increased between 20 and 40 times.
In 1960, India had
to import food to deal with periodic famines. Today, with twice the
population it had then, India is a net food exporter. Worldwide,
half as many people die of starvation today as in 1900, even though
we have four times as many people. Those who starve to death now are
mostly victims of government-engineered famine.
A 1990 report of
the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimated that
by employing what were then the most up-to-date technologies, the
earth could yield enough to feed 30 to 35 billion.
So, we're not
running out of food or space. How about natural resources? In 1948,
the world's oil reserves were estimated at around 600 billion
barrels. By 2000, the estimate was revised slightly upward --
to 3 trillion barrels. The actual figure is anyone's guess.
Having failed with
the foregoing, the left now has hit on what it believes to be the
ultimate strategy to advance population control -- Global
Warming. Families are about to feel the blade of the guillotine in
the coming Green Terror.
In May, 2007, an
outfit called the Optimum Population Trust warned that if the
British didn't voluntarily limit population size, it would be up to
the state to force them to be environmentally conscious in the
bedroom. (FYI, in the U.K., the birth rate is well-below replacement
level.) The Trust warned that the average lifetime "carbon
footprint" of a child born in Britain was the equivalent of 620
roundtrip flights between London and New York.
Barry Walters, an associate professor of obstetric medicine at the
University of Western Australia, urged the government in Canberra to
levy a $5,000 "baby tax" and an annual $800 "carbon tax," for each
addition child born to a family with two children. All of the left's
crusades begin with proselytizing and end in coercion.
"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," Walters
writes. The left is incapable of viewing individuals as anything
other than polluters, never as producers or innovators -- let
alone seeing them in spiritual terms, as manifestations of God's
Global Warming is
the left's perfect storm -- a force to demolish faith, family
and freedom. There's no area of our lives that can't be
invaded -- taxed, controlled, regulated or obliterated --
in the name of serving and protecting the planet.
production and oil reserves, the myth of man-made Global Warming is
resistant to factual analysis. The left treats it as revealed truth
and skeptics are scorned as heretics and troglodytes --
the scientific equivalent of Holocaust-deniers. Al Gore, the
movement's P.T. Barnum-cum-Grand Inquisitor, compares them to the
cranks who believe the earth is flat.
If Global Warming
didn't exist, the left would have to invent it. In fact, they did.
As Nigel Calder, former editor of the British magazine New
Scientist explains: "Twenty years ago, climate research became
politicized in favor of one particular hypothesis, which redefined
the study as the effect of the study of greenhouse gasses. As a
result, the rebellious spirits essential for innovative and
trustworthy science are greeted with impediments to their research
Still, the evidence
is there for those not blinded by dogma. Al Gore's brain is melting
faster than the Arctic ice cap, which is making a spectacular
A February 18, 2008 story in the London Daily Express notes
that Arctic ice levels, which had shrunk from 13 million to 4
million sq. km., between January and October 2007, are now almost
back to their original levels. In the meantime, according to the
paper, "Figures show that there is nearly a third more ice in
Antarctica than is usual for the time of year."
In New England, I spent much of the past winter shoveling Global
The entire Northern
Hemisphere experienced the coldest winter in decades. Again, from
the Daily Express: "Even the Middle East saw snow, with
Jerusalem, Damascus, Amman and northern Saudi Arabia reporting the
heaviest falls in years and below zero temperatures. Meanwhile, in
Afghanistan, snow and freezing weather killed 120 people."
So many inconvenient facts contradict the Church of Global Warming.
In the United States, the 10 hottest years on record were all in the
1920s and 1930s. (Those Model A Fords have wide carbon tire-tracks.)
Temperatures rose between 1910 and 1945, fell from 1945 to 1975, and
rose again for the next 20 years -- which bears no relationship
to the production of greenhouse gasses.
In an open letter to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon (December
13, 2007), 100 eminent scientists from all over the world observed:
"It is not possible to stop climate change, a natural phenomenon
that has affected humanity throughout the ages. ... The United
Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has issued
increasingly alarming conclusions about the climate influences of
human produced carbon-dioxide (CO2), a non-polluting gas that is
essential to plant photosynthesis."
Not only is there no reliable evidence that reducing CO2 emissions
will affect climate change, the signers note, but "because attempts
to cut emissions will slow development, the current UN approach of
CO2 reduction is likely to increase human suffering from future
climate change rather than to decrease it."
Not that human suffering ever stopped the left. It wants and needs
man-made Global Warming as a way to counter what it considers the
most potent threats to its agenda -- faith and family.
The left must have its scapegoat. This is absolutely essential. For
Marx it was the bourgeoisie. For the '60s New Left, it was
America -- spelled with a "k." White males are the villains of
multiculturalism. Now, it's babies and retrograde churches that are
destroying the planet. The environment has assumed the role of the
proletariat, the Third World and racial minorities in earlier models
of damnation and salvation.
In particular, the left cringes at the thought of Catholics,
evangelicals, Orthodox Jews and Mormons having lots of children --
passing their misogynistic, homophobic, species-centric, suicidally
archaic worldview to the next generation.
The left has always worried about the reproductive patterns of
certain people. As Jonah Goldberg explains in his book "Liberal
Fascism," from the beginning, racial eugenics was a project of the
left -- or progressives, as they called themselves then and
H.G. Wells, a hero of pre-World War II progressivism (a socialist
who wrote science fiction, much like Al Gore), said that in order
for humankind to move to the sunny uplands of utopia, "swarms of
black and brown, and dirty (lower class) white and yellow
people" would have to be discouraged from breeding -- or
physically eliminated. Moreover, Goldberg explains, "The foremost
institution combating eugenics around the world was the Catholic
For those like Oliver "Buzz" Thomas (perpetrator of the aforesaid
USA TODAY commentary), hordes of rapidly multiplying
Catholics, Mormons, evangelicals and Orthodox Jews have taken the
place of "swarms of black and brown, and dirty white and yellow
The irony here is that, unlike Global Warming, rapidly declining
birthrates is a reality, not a theory. Worldwide, in 1970, the
average woman had 6 children. Today, that average is only 2.8, with
further declines forecast.
If current trends continue, by 2050, the world will hold 248 million
fewer children under 5 years of age than it does today. The crisis
which will confront us in this century isn't overpopulation, but a
birth-dearth leading to population decline. When it comes to
maintaining civilization, people are the one indispensable
By heeding His words and having large families, those reactionary
believers indicted by Green Jacobins are doing God's work, as well
In his USA TODAY diatribe Thomas writes: "Population growth
hits hardest in poor nations, and, as poverty increases, public
health declines. I am quite certain that God is not the author of
human misery, but by preaching against birth control at the same
time we are preaching against abortion, it seems that we are making
God out as cruel, a buffoon or both." Thomas believes the word of
God is negotiable -- and must be constantly reinterpreted so as
not make him "cruel, a buffoon or both."
Buzz has it backward. Poor countries are often rich in natural
resources but lacking in human capital. By encouraging or forcing
emerging nations to limit their population, Global Warming hysterics
are dooming them to perpetual poverty.
God, on the other hand, tells us that children are the true source
of prosperity as well as happiness.
comes down to this: Do we listen to God or a guy called Buzz? Hmmm,
This column originally appeared on GrassTopsUSA.com and appears here with the author's permission.