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It doesn't stop there: You are held responsible not just for half of your child's emissions, but also for a quarter of your grandchildren's emissions, an eighth of your great-grandchildren's emissions, and so on.The U.S. expects that personal emissions will drop a further 0.5 percent every year before 2050 .Second, the approach of blaming parents for all emissions of all progeny into the future is just ludicrous. The truth is that one extra child means perhaps 90 years of CO2 emissions (caused largely by a lifetime of consuming products and utilities that account for such emissions), which at worst would remain at around today's level of about 15 tons per person annually. If you are really worried about those extra emissions, you could offset the damage caused by your child's lifetime emissions for about $23,400 in the European Union's emissions trading system. Clearly, the value to parents of having a child is worth more – likely much more – than $233,610 . Cutting CO2 emissions by not having a child has a value no higher than $23,400 .Scaring people from having children denies potential parents what is often seen as one of the best things life has to offer, in order to achieve less good than what $23,400 could buy.
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