China defends its one-child policy: Hey -- at least it cuts carbon emissions

Brilliant. Expect more of this in the future — human rights abusers being criticized by the international community for dubious practices and parrying the thrust with an appeal to the left’s tippy-top-most social virtue.

China says its one-child policy has helped the fight against global warming by avoiding 300 million births, the equivalent of the population of the United States…

“Population is clearly an important factor,” said Yvo de Boer, head of the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat, at U.N. talks trying to plan a new deal to combat climate change after 2012.

China, which rejects criticism that it is doing too little to confront climate change, says that its population is now 1.6 billion against 1.3 billion if it had not imposed tough birth control measures in the late 1970s…

But avoiding 300 million births “means we averted 1.3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2005” based on average world per capita emissions of 4.2 tonnes, [Su Wei, a senior Foreign Ministry official,] said.

I wonder, does this verrrry compelling “population = warming” logic implicate any major U.S. policy debates? Hmmm.

Then again, survey says — there is no consensus.