Republican Senator. Mike Lee has argued on the House floor
that its more children that will advance the cause of solving climate change. This
was in response to the failed 97 trillion dollar “Green New Deal” resolution
that was put to the house by Democratic representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
“Climate change is an engineering problem – not social
engineering, but the real kind. It’s a challenge of creativity, ingenuity, and
And problems of human
imagination are not solved by more laws, but by more humans! More people mean
bigger markets for innovation. More babies mean more forward-looking adults –
the sort we need to tackle long-term, large scale problems.
American babies, in
particular, are likely going to be wealthier, better educated, and more
conservation-minded than children raised in still-industrializing regions.
As economist Tyler Cowen recently wrote on this very point,
“by having more children, you are making your nation more populous – thus
boosting its capacity to solve [climate change].” Finally, Mr. President,
children are a mark of the kind of personal, communal, and societal optimism
that is the true pre-requisite for meeting national and global challenges
The courage needed to solve climate change is nothing
compared with the courage needed to start a family. The true heroes of this
story aren’t politicians or social media activists.
They are moms and dads, and the little boys and girls they
are, at this moment, putting down for naps… helping with their homework…
building tree houses… and teaching how to tie their shoes.
The planet does not
need us to “think globally, and act locally” so much as it needs us to think
family, and act personally. The solution to climate change is not this
unserious resolution, but the serious business of human flourishing – the
solution to so many of our problems, at all times and in all places: fall in
love, get married, and have some kids.”
What do you think is the answer to climate change? Do you agree?
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