I more and more think that all of the steps being demanded of us regarding global warming are all nonsense. If data someday conclusively shows the earth is truly warming, then with technology advancing so rapidly, surely we will be far better tooled to deal with it a couple of decades from now. The important point for now is that we fund research into technologies (like this or this or this) that might in the future pay off regarding reducing any unwanted global warming. The draconian steps being demanded of us today, like cap & trade, will hurt the US economy while having an insignificant impact on global warming. We are simply not equipped today to deal with the problem of global warming (assuming that the problem is real and matters much).
But of course among those demanding immediate and major actions to attempt to reduce global warming, nothing seems good enough. Fortunately, a new study tells these folks exactly what they can do as individuals to reduce global warming electronic cigarette china. The New York Times summarizes the new study:
Having children is the surest way to send your carbon footprint soaring, according to a new study from statisticians at Oregon State University.
The study found that having a child has an impact that far outweighs that of other energy-saving behaviors.
Take, for example, a hypothetical American woman who switches to a more fuel-efficient car, drives less, recycles, installs more efficient light bulbs, and replaces her refrigerator and windows with energy-saving models. If she had two children, the researchers found, her carbon legacy would eventually rise to nearly 40 times what she had saved by those actions.
“Clearly, the potential savings from reduced reproduction are huge compared to the savings that can be achieved by changes in lifestyle,” the report states.
The impact of children varies dramatically depending on geography: An American woman who has a baby will generate nearly seven times the carbon footprint of that of a Chinese woman who has a child, the study found.