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So What are "Extra Children" Anyway?

So Bill Nye the political guy said something pretty outrageous on his new Netflix show "Bill Nye Saves the World." Soooo....what is he saving the world from? Extra children, that's who.

Those darn little babies. They grow up into becoming carbon exhaling natural resource wasting SYV driving Americans, doncha' know.

So on the panel were "Dr. Rachel Snow, chief of population development at the United Nations Population Fund, Dr. Travis Rieder, ethicist at the Berman Institute at Johns Hopkins University, and finally Dr. Nerys Benfield, director of Family Planning Montefiore Medical Center." And the subject of population control came up.

The Federalist:

The fight against climate change, Nye’s most passionate cause, is brought up by Rieder, who notes that children in developed countries use 160 times more resources than children in the developing world. This is where the creepy totalitarianism of the environmental movement starts to show itself. Nye asks, bluntly, “Should we have policies that penalize people for having extra kids in the developed world?”

Extra kids. These d-mn people and their existence, am I right? Nye (who, again, decided we all needed to see that abomination from Bloom) is wise enough to set limits on humanity. This whole concept and the ease with which he discusses it is so frightening and evil that I am genuinely appalled at Netflix’s decision to air it.

Rieder says we should “at least consider” a form of punishment for people who have these Extra Kids (TM). Nye impatiently responds that “consider means do it.” Snow, to her credit, jumps in and takes issue with the idea that “we do anything to incentivize fewer children or more children.” Benfield notes the history of compulsory sterilization in America, a practice that was in place as recently as the 1970s. The issue was not come at from a position of justice in the past, she adds. But this time will be different, I guess?
Wow. Just wow. But you want to know what the real "wow" thing is here. That in a few years, this won't even be a "wow" conversation. This will begin finding its way into the mainstream. It won't be just on Netflix but on CNN. And then legislators will start floating trial balloons. Oh we're heading there folks. All this talk about climate change and human pollution only goes one way.

At some point you'll start having tax incentives against "extra children?" And that'll get the ball rolling. Just you wait. Hey, remember when gay marriage and transgender rights were fringe-ish issues. Yeah. So.



*subhead*Science.*subhead*

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