Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders sparked outrage after linking abortion to population control during a climate change town hall discussion on how to combat global climate change. “I realize this is a poisonous topic for politicians, but it is crucial to face,” an audience member asked. “Well … the answer is yes,” Sanders responded.
The world’s leading climate scientists have warned we have only 12 years before global warming hits a tipping point to where the global heating process we are currently experiencing is irreversible – which is not to say that the world is to end in 12 years, rather reach the tipping point. Afterwhich the Earth will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat/cold, leading to poverty (and potential deaths) for hundreds of millions of people.
So there is some logic in what Bernie Sanders is saying. If you believe climate change is a catastrophic crisis in the making, and man is the principal contributor to this – why would you not consider this? Many are agasp by this, as it conjures up images of forced eugenics programs of the past. But it does not always have to go to these extremes. Here is a list of progressive options governments could take:
- Government voluntary methods via family planning education and awareness programs.
- Government coercion via positive and negative tax and financial incentives.
- Government forcible population reductions via government birth-control and abortion laws.
- Government eugenic genocidal population reductions – yippes!
Some of these options may be considered viable, and others would regard this as outrageous. Bernie Sanders has stepped into this debate and was not a very good political play. People, when they heard the comments of Bernie Sanders, immediately jumped to option #4 from above. Political kryptonite for some.
Furthermore, the suggestion would be to control populations with high birthrates, which immediately triggers race considerations. Perhaps a softer version would be to limit immigration from low carbon footprint countries going to high carbon footprint countries – yippes, immigration control? This policy is not only an issue for Bernie Sanders, but for the far-left political spectrum as well, the Progressives.
News Forecasters asks, how likely will we see any significant attempts to perform any population control – for climate change or any other reasons? The answer is most likely nill – it is too politically charged, from both sides of the political spectrum. At least for the next 5 to 10 years – later we can come back to this question, as the political environments can change.