By Jonathon Van Maren
If climate change activists are wondering why people so consistently ignore them, it is perhaps time for them to take a long, hard look at the celebrities speaking on their behalf. And no, I’m not referring to Leonardo de Caprio’s dramatic recasting of a chinook (warm wind) as global warming. I’m talking about people like Bill Nye and just this week, Gloria Steinem, that feminist icon who is still alive and advocating for others not to be.
Bill Nye transformed long ago from a dude with a gaudy bowtie teaching children about science on television to another progressive hack embarrassing himself by groveling to the new cultural tastemakers. After a truly cringeworthy Netflix episode featuring Nye attempting what looked like headbanging but may have been an aneurysm to a song put on by Rachel Bloom and some flailing backup dancers called “My Sex Junk,” in which Bloom explains that gender is fluid, Netflix hastily went back to edit an old 1996 Nye episode explaining that there are only two genders determined by chromosomes. Scientific reality is no longer important to the progressives.
In spite of being a biology denier, Nye has also mused that perhaps there should be criminal charges for those that do not believe climate change is manmade, or perhaps just believe that the solution to climate change might not be a massive restructuring of the global economy combined with the largest transfer of power to government authority in the history of the world. Nye is part of a growing chorus of voices who are simply fed up with having any sort of discussion over where the evidence is pointing—Noam Chomsky recently announced that President Donald Trump’s disinterest in climate change was going to irreversibly destroy the planet. (To give credit where credit is due: I’ve emailed Chomsky with questions several times, and each time he responds promptly.)
And of course, there was Nye’s infamous statement that perhaps parents should be penalized for having “extra kids,” without explaining which children he considered to be “extra” or how he didn’t know that he, Bill Nye, was perhaps “extra.” It is truly unfortunate that so many environmentalists possess such a fundamentally anti-human ideology—without that, there could be much common ground between people of every background on protecting our environment. But as G.K. Chesterton once pointed out, “Wherever there is animal worship, there is human sacrifice.” Bluntly put, it’s not simply that Bill Nye usually regards human beings with an expression that indicates he’d been weaned on a lemon. He just doesn’t like people very much—his illiterate and fumbling videos defending abortion, for example, are almost embarrassing to watch.
Which brings us to Gloria Steinem, one of the original champions of legalized abortion. At 83 years old, she still hasn’t lost her knack for managing to make abortion the solution to nearly everything. This time, she informed an interviewer that if we’d simply killed way more babies, we might have been able to stop global warming and save all the survivors, if there were any:
Listen, what causes climate deprivation is population. If we had not been systematically forcing women to have children they don’t want or can’t care for over the 500 years of patriarchy, we wouldn’t have the climate problems that we have. That’s the fundamental cause of climate change. Even if the Vatican doesn’t tell us that.
Got that? Population is the problem. Which means, of course, that we need population control. Which might start off as a voluntary thing, but rapidly ends up where Bill Nye currently resides: musing about how best to force people to have less kids, or perhaps where China is, which includes the forced abortion of children who show up uninvited by the state. It is a supreme irony that people like Gloria Steinem, who aborted at least one child and has no surviving offspring, want to tell us that it is our job to save the world for future generations. It is crystal clear that Steinem and the rest of the anti-human crowd are not interested in future generations. Perhaps they should leave concern for the planet to those who actually have a vested interest in its future.
For anyone interested, my book on The Culture War, which analyzes the journey our culture has taken from the way it was to the way it is and examines the Sexual Revolution, hook-up culture, the rise of the porn plague, abortion, commodity culture, euthanasia, and the gay rights movement, is available for sale here.