Wild Bill McKibben Pretends He Can Do Math

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This is really pretty disgusting or stupid, more likely both.

Wild Bill recently wrote an op-ed in the LA Times……

Immigration reform — for the climate

Yep, immigration, apparently, is good for the climate.  Here’s a bit of relief for me.  From Wild Bill’s op-ed….

For environmentalists, population has long been a problem. Many of the things we do wouldn’t cause so much trouble if there weren’t so many of us. It’s why I wrote a book some years ago called “Maybe One: An Argument for Smaller Families.” Heck, it’s why I had only one child.

Okay, on to the rest of it…..

And many of us, I think, long viewed immigration through the lens of population; it was another part of the math problem. I’ve always thought we could afford historical levels of immigration, but I understood why some other environmentalists wanted tougher restrictions. More Americans would mean more people making use of the same piece of land, a piece that was already pretty hard-used.

In recent years, though, the math problem has come to look very different to me. It’s one reason I feel it’s urgent that we get real immigration reform, allowing millions to step out of the shadows and on to a broad path toward citizenship. It will help, not hurt, our environmental efforts, and potentially in deep and powerful ways.

From here, Billy goes Malthusian……

One thing that’s changed is the nature of the ecological problem. Now that global warming is arguably the greatest danger we face, it matters a lot less where people live. Carbon dioxide mixes easily in the atmosphere. It makes no difference whether it comes from Puerto Vallarta or Portland.

It’s true that the typical person from a developing nation would produce more carbon once she adopted an American lifestyle, but she also probably would have fewer children. A December report from the Pew Research Center report showed that birthrates in the U.S. were dropping faster among Mexican American women and women who immigrated from Mexico than among any other group.

He blathers on for a while and then goes full stupid……

And that’s precisely where white America has fallen short. Election after election, native-born and long-standing citizens pull the lever for climate deniers, for people who want to shut down the Environmental Protection Agency, for the politicians who take huge quantities of cash from the Koch brothers and other oil barons. By contrast, a 2012 report by the Sierra Club and the National Council of La Raza found that Latinos were eager for environmental progress. Seventy-seven percent of Latino voters think climate change is already happening, compared with just 52% of the general population; 92% of Latinos think we have “a moral responsibility to take care of God’s creation here on Earth.”

I’m just never sure about Bill.  Either he’s horribly vile or simply too stupid to understand things. 

Bill, there’s nothing magical that happens to a person who crosses our borders.  What happens is that they have more and no longer need young people to help provide income for the family.  I’ll pass on commenting about why Bill thinks less Hispanics in the world is a good thing.  Bill doesn’t seem to understand why the US creates more prosperous people than in developing or rather undeveloping parts of the world.  It is industry and production which makes the economies go.  Without these machines of prosperity, people would be poor and then rely on large families for work and support.  

The rest, I’ll let the commenters discuss.   

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10 Responses to Wild Bill McKibben Pretends He Can Do Math

  1. PhilJourdan says:

    mathematically speaking, a lifeboat can hold 1000% of its capacity by just wishing it would.

    Yea Bill! I love AGW Math! Any answer is right as long as it is wrong.

  2. tckev says:

    “…And that’s precisely where white America has fallen short…
    …92% of Latinos think we have “a moral responsibility to take care of God’s creation here on Earth…”

    So Bill’s playing the racist card!
    I contend that I, and those who do not agree with Bill’s vile ideas, also think that we have a moral responsibility to take care of God’s creation here on Earth, and part of that is to fight idiots like Bill every step of the way.

    • suyts says:

      Indeed. While I won’t participate in his obvious racism, I will state that I’ve been to some places south of the border. I’ll put our environmental end result against theirs any day. But, again, that has more to do with prosperity than ethnicity.

      • tckev says:

        Yep, money and power, AKA politics

      • PhilJourdan says:

        You are correct, it has nothing to do with the race – but rather the prosperity of the country that can afford to worry about such things as pollution. Most of the 3rd world expends all its energy in a mere struggle to survive, with none left over to care for the environment. Or in some cases like China, they are expending all their energy in a race to the top, and with a totalitarian government that is not responsive to the people.

        Most of the idiots like McKibben do not realize that Love Canal was not an active cause of the government, but of the people who wanted it cleaned. Once a population has reached a level of prosperity where recreation becomes a major part of their lives, they want to play in a place that is not toxic to their well-being. Thus is was the PEOPLE that forced the government to clean up the mess. (but like all things government, they took a good idea and have bastardized it).

    • PhilJourdan says:

      Part of his logic fallacy is his statement implies that man is not part “God’s Creation”. Like all Malthusians, they see man as an alien blight upon nature that must be eradicated.

  3. leftinbrooklyn says:

    Classic Warmist modeling. More heat can create less heat. More Mexicans will create less Mexicans.

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