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

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.

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.”

This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.

GLENN: Climate change isn't just bad for the environment. It is bad now for the womb.

Yesterday, the New York Times ran a story highlighting women who claimed their decision to have children is directly influenced by climate change. They had an example of a woman named Sarah. She considered having another child, but that would mean moving into a bigger house. And that's further from her job. She's not sure she can justify the environmental impact for a larger home and a longer commute.

Alison, she was in the Times. She's concerned about the Apocolyptic future of extreme weather. She said, I don't want to give birth to a kid and wonder if he's going to live in some sort of Mad Max dystopia. Miriam shared her concern.

My instinct now is to shield my children from the horrors of the future, by not bringing them into the world. Amanda actually decided to have more children because of climate change. Her reason? Some day my husband and I will be gone. If my daughter has to face the end of the world as we know it, I want her to have a brother there.

Oh, my gosh. You want to talk about fearmongering.

So many women are bringing climate change into their reproduction decisions, that the organization Conceivable Future was founded to help women make environmentally friendly reproductive decisions and navigate our doomed world.

Not to bring a child into the world because you're scared they are going to increase your carbon footprint or that they'll live like moody drifters in a desert-like terrain, is the very definition of insanity. These women are deciding not to have children based on their fictional perception of their children's quality of life.

And we're the fear fearmongers? The disgusting lie of an impending environmental wasteland and an overpopulated planet wasn't true in the 1970s. It wasn't true in the 1960s, when it really started to take root. And everybody was freaking out in the mid-70s.

It wasn't true. It wasn't true that we were going into an Ice Age and that we would all freeze to death and there would be no food in 1990. It wasn't true in the '70s and '80s. And it's not true today.

This is nonsense. Stop it. We have to be better stewards of our planet. Yes, we should recycle. We should use less. We should make sure that the things that we -- we do use, we can reuse.

But to not have children, the birthrate in the United States reached its lowest point in 2016. And the decline continues all around the world.

It is almost criminal that these women are -- are -- have been scared so deeply, that they are allowing a 50-year-old unsubstantiated fear, dictate whether or not they bring human life into the world.

You know, let me give you a few things to be afraid of. How about this? Women you're afraid of -- let me give you something to be afraid of. AI.

We right now have scientists, credible scientists. Stephen Hawking. Some of the scientists that you believe global warming is true because of it. They say that global warming is nothing compared to AI. They say AI will wipe out the entire human race in the next 30 to 50 years, long before carbon is killing the planet.

Long before.

Ay-yi-yi. Why don't you listen to them, but you listen to these? And here's an idea: balance. Balance in your life. There are some days when I read stuff like this, I hope that I'm one of the first that a robot replaces.

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WATCH: Trapped by the Taliban: One Woman’s Escape from Afghanistan

On the morning of Aug. 15, Asma was a free woman in Kabul. She wore Western clothes. Traveled safely alone. Attended college in a neighboring country with the money her parents had saved. By that evening, her entire world had changed.

For the first time in her life, Asma was confronted with the reality of the Taliban. The horror stories she heard growing up were no longer the nightmare of her parents' generation. They were hers, too. Faced with the impossible decision to stay with her family and risk imminent torture or death, she chose to live, and take on the Taliban face-to-face.

Asma's bravery also led to the rescue of over 150 Afghan college women. She tells Glenn she was willing to die before she let the Taliban take her or the other women. But she didn't do it alone. Her sister Azada, helplessly watching the horror unfold from the U.S., quickly turned to her father's contact list. What follows is a miracle evacuation story that ends with a sisters' reunion and hope for a new future. These brave Afghan sisters have a message for those in their home country still trapped, for the leaders of this country, and for the men and women in uniform (and their families) who may believe the American sacrifices for Afghanistan were in vain.

Finally, a note about the other heroes in the rescue story. The movement of the seven buses of college women into the Kabul airport was a chain with about 8-10 links. Had any one of those links not been present or broken, the young women would not have made it into the airport for evacuation, and three young women taken by the Taliban would not have been recovered.

Glenn and his team would like to give a special thanks to Francisco from Arcis International, Wade and Jim from Commercial Task Force, Blaine from E3 Ranch Foundation, Michael and his crew from Kam Air, No One Left Behind, Samaritan's Purse, and Charmaine, Chris, Geno, John, Lori, Rob, Rudy & the Ground Team from The Nazarene Fund.

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INSANITY: High schooler ARRESTED after not wearing mask at school tells her story

On Thursday's radio program, Grace Smith and her father, Andy, joined Glenn Beck on the phone and provided a first-hand account of Grace's refusal to wear a mask at school.

Smith, 16, began a maskless protest after her school district in Laramie, Wyoming, decided to implement a mask mandate. As a result, Grace received three suspensions, was issued two $500-citations, and was eventually arrested.

"How long were you in jail?" Glenn asked.

Grace said was taken to jail but was never booked nor was she was placed in a jail cell.

Glenn commended Grace's father, Andy, for raising such a "great citizen" and asked if it was Grace's idea to protest. Andy said it was Grace's idea, explaining that they took the position of arguing on the grounds of civil rights rather than the efficacy of wearing a mask.

Grace has since withdrawn from public school and started a home school program. She also told Glenn that she will continue to fight the school district, legally.

You can donate to Grace's legal fund here.

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