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Limbaugh Tries Moral Stance on Environment, Sounds Evil

Jill Garvey • Oct 24, 2009

rushTara Lohan, a senior editor at AlterNet, wrote in an article this week about Rush Limbaugh’s attacks on environmentalist Andrew Revkin.

Once again, Rush Limbaugh is stoking the fires of hate. Yesterday he told millions of his listeners: “Mr. Revkin, why don’t you just go kill yourself, and help the planet by dying.”

He’s talking about Andrew Revkin who writes the Dot Earth blog for the New York Times and is a prominent environmental writer.

What got Rush’s pants all twisted? Some commentary Revkin had given at a symposium discussing the environment and population growth. Revkin explains on his blog, “I had talked, in part, about recent studies concluding that programs offering family planning information and services to women seeking smaller families, in essence, had a climate value by avoiding emissions of greenhouse gases that would come with more kids.”

Revkin took the ideas forward and mused about what he saw as a “thought experiment” — meaning something hypothetical to get us thinking. I’ve written quite a bit about whether markets in carbon credits earned by cutting, avoiding or absorbing such emissions — whether from avoided deforestation, tree planting, or leaving oil in the ground — are credible, sensible or doable. So I mused on whether the next logical step, in a world increasingly fixated with carbon markets, would be carbon credits for avoided kids.

It’s kind of hilarious (and hypocritical) of Rush to go after someone like Revkin when he’s best buds with the folks who run John Tanton’s groups, such as Federation for American Immigration. These groups have long-standing ties with eugenicists and advocates of population control.

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