During the season finale of Netflix show “Bill Nye Saves the World,” the alleged “science guy” suggested that parents be penalized for having too many children in an effort to save the planet.
“The average Nigerian emits 0.1 metric tons of carbon annually,” said Nye’s guest, Dr. Travis Rieder. “How many does the average American emit? Sixteen metric tons.”
And, he added, Americans having an average of two children are “waaaay more problematic” than Nigerians having seven when it comes to global warming.
“Should we have policies that penalize people for having extra kids in the developed world?” Nye asked.
“I do think we should at least consider it,” Rieder said in response.
Nye, the Washington Free Beacon said, pushed him even further.
The Free Beacon added:
“Well, ‘at least consider it’ is like, ‘do it,'” he opined.
The other two guests pushed back, however, pointing out that what Nye and Rieder were proposing came dangerously close to the eugenics policies of America’s past, which ending up disproportionately targeting poor women and minorities.
Rieder, a philosopher with the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University, has traveled to colleges trying to convince students not to have children, or at least fewer of them, because “dangerous climate change is going to be happening by then.”
“Maybe we should protect our kids by not having them,” he told James Madison University in southwest Virginia last year, according to NPR.
Here’s video of the segment:
Naturally, this didn’t sit too well with Twitter:
This might be the darkest show Netflix has ever streamed. pic.twitter.com/1LR5fQ48Hx
— Chris Morgan (@CR_Morgan) April 26, 2017
What is the penalty for extra kids?
Bill Nye just spitballing some solutions to climate change. https://t.co/HgIeoMJn32
— Ryan Maue (@RyanMaue) April 26, 2017
— michelle polk (@chelz70) April 26, 2017
So, how, exactly does one go about determining which child is “extra?”
I'm going to have to quickly figure out which of my kids are "extra." https://t.co/OSYgx3ORqO
— Karol Markowicz (@karol) April 26, 2017
Perhaps we should start referring to Nye as the “Eugenics Guy.”
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