Americans Aren’t Having Kids – and Some Say Climate Change Is a Big Reason

What’s going on?

People aren’t having babies. The U.S. birthrate hit a new low in 2016 after falling for a decade. While the unstable economy has been a factor, some would-be parents are also worried about climate change and the world they’ll leave to their kids.

What does climate change have to do with it?

Even though she wants children, “I don’t want to give birth to a kid wondering if it’s going to live in some kind of ‘Mad Max’ dystopia,” Allison Guy, 32, told the New York Times.

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The Times spoke to several women whose decisions on having kids have been influenced by a fear of climate change. Some are worried about the “carbon footprint,” while others are afraid that their children will live in a desert wasteland ruined by global warming and pollution.

Birthrate = Bad news for all of us

Fewer than 4 million babies were born in the U.S. in 2016, with birthrates falling to a record low in all groups under age 30. America seems to be following the lead of France, Germany, Japan and other countries that are not replacing their population.

Glenn’s take:

While we should all be better stewards of our planet, you know fearmongering is taking over when people let the climate change agenda stop them from having kids.

“The disgusting lie of an impending environmental wasteland and an overpopulated planet” simply isn’t true, Glenn said on today’s show. “This is nonsense. Stop it.”