Wednesday, June 6, 2007

China's one-child policy: the ultimate carbon offset

Further evidence that just about anything can be made virtuous if it can be recast as a carbon offset. From LifeSite, May 4:
Hu Tao of China's State Environmental Protection Administration praised his country’s One Child population control policy for its contribution to the reduction of greenhouse gases. The policy, introduced in the early 1980’s, has been condemned by international human rights agencies for including forced abortion, infanticide and sterilization as well as heavy financial and legal penalties for having children.

Speaking last month at a meeting in Oslo on the UN’s Kyoto Protocol, Hu claimed that the coercive abortion and sterilization policy has had the side effect of slowing “global warming” by limiting the population to 1.3 billion.

“This has reduced greenhouse gas emissions,” he said.

(Thanks for the tip, Ray)