On Monday, former Vice President Al Gore discussed climate change and pollution control at the Games for Change convention in New York City. Aside from his usual litanies of environmental advice nuggets, the 2000 presidential candidate delved into...family planning.
Curiously, Gore said that couples need to learn to "feel comfortable having small families" so that pollution can be curbed. When asked about what could be done to address population growth, he said:
“One of the things we could do about it is to change the technologies, to put out less of this pollution, to stabilize the population, and one of the principle ways of doing that is to empower and educate girls and women. You have to have ubiquitous availability of fertility management so women can choose how many children have, the spacing of the children.
You have to lift child survival rates so that parents feel comfortable having small families and most important — you have to educate girls and empower women. And that’s the most powerful leveraging factor, and when that happens, then the population begins to stabilize and societies begin to make better choices and more balanced choices.”
Gore and his wife have four children and, as Tom Nelson and Chris Horner point out, he's drinking not-so-environmentally-friendly bottled water on the stage. While the latter is certainly petty, it is a reminder of Gore's massive electric bills that were discovered years ago in the midst of his green rhetoric. Watch his comments and look for the water, below (courtesy of Brian Merchant of Treehugger.com):
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(h/t The Daily Caller)