To cut fossil-fuel use, slash world birth rate

As we're told, and quite rightly, to curb our use of fossil fuel lest we destroy the planet, we hear remarkably little about a highly effective way to slow our use of fossil fuel --- launch an international effort to reduce the birth rate. There are far, far too many people in the world and that's a major reason for the global-warming crisis and other environmental damage.

Shove religious zealots aside and get birth-control devices and pharmaceuticals in the hands of as many reproduction-age people as possible. And, no, I am not talking about abortion, or stopping sex, for that matter.

-- Robert Whitcomb