Thursday, December 17, 2009

The worst carbon-reduction scheme ever

Father Raymond J. de Souza, National Post

Published: Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Is there an award for the most absurd comment on Copenhagen? If not, let's institute one. Award the prize directly to the National Post's Diane Francis for her Dec. 8 column recommending that the whole world adopt China's one-child policy.

Over in Copenhagen, it's hard to get attention amidst the tens of thousands of politicians, activists, scientists, celebrities, spokesmen, chauffeurs, gourmet chefs, private plane pilots, bag-carriers, prostitutes (metaphorical and actual), to say nothing of the journalists covering it all. So the more clever participants have taken to awarding fake prizes -- "Fossil of the Day" -- to steal a moment or two in the spotlight. No reason the environmental lobby should have all the fun. Step right up, Diane Francis, for your work in the field of enviro-Malthusianism!

Every paper is entitled to have outside-the-box columnists opining on one topic or another. And Francis is often outside -- way outside -- with some of her positions. But this time, she has gone too far. Her 2009 entry is not just about cheap laughs. Calling for a global one-child policy is misguided. If implemented, it would be outright wicked. Full article

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