Bill Nye the “Science Guy” has suggested that people should be penalized for having too many children.
The television personality said on his Netflix show “Bill Nye Saves The Earth” that saving the planet from climate change should involve the government enforcing set birth rates for families, including penalties for “extra kids.”
“Should we have policies that penalize people for having extra kids in the developed world?” he asked Travis Rieder, an academic for Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University.
“I do think we should at least consider it,” replied Rieder, which Nye immediately equated to meaning “Do it.”
As reported in the Daily Caller:
Rieder and Nye’s fellow panelists appeared to push back against the academic’s suggestions. One said that Americans should be able to have as many or as few children as they pleased without fear from the government – it’s about human rights, she said.
Nye, who has a degree in engineering but no professional background as a [scientist], has a history of making provocative comments directed at people he calls “climate denialists.”
The program purports to discuss various issues through a scientific lens, and is aimed at an audience with a lay scientific understanding.