Did Jon & Kate Read The Report?

Having children is the surest way to send your carbon footprint soaring, according to a new study from statisticians at Oregon State University. The study found that having a child has an impact that far outweighs that of other energy-saving behaviors like driving a hybrid, recycling, etc. And the carbon footprint of an American woman who has children is nearly seven times that of a Chinese childbearing woman. I wish TV-network executives would keep this study in mind every time they put a new show on the air celebrating families with 8 or 12 or 16 children. Environmentally speaking, it’s right up there with putting on TV shows celebrating guzzling gas or smoking cigarettes.

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