President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Tracy Stone-Manning, advocated for population control in her 1992 graduate thesis.
“The origin of our abuses is us. If there were fewer of us, we would have less impact,” Stone-Manning wrote in her thesis. “We must consume less, and more importantly, we must breed fewer consuming humans.”
Stone-Manning also argued in her thesis that livestock grazing on public land is “destroying the West.” If confirmed by the Senate to lead the BLM, Stone-Manning would control an agency that manages livestock grazing on 155 million acres of public lands.
Stone-Manning’s thesis was centered around eight advertisements she created to bring attention to issues of overpopulation, overgrazing, the corporate timber industry and an 1872 mining law. She argued that the environmental movement “desperately needs to use advertising’s ubiquitous power if it is to capture mainstream America.”
The first advertisement featured in the paper was a picture of a shirtless American baby with the headline: “Can you find the environmental hazard in this photo?”
“That’s right, it’s the cute baby,” Stone-Manning’s advertisement read under the picture. “Americans believe that overpopulation is only a problem somewhere else in the world. But it’s a problem here too.”
“The earth is only so big, and we can tap into it only so often. In America, we tap in often and hard,” she wrote. “When we overpopulate, the earth notices it more. Stop at two. It could be the best thing you do for the planet.”
Stone-Manning also wrote a script for a 30-second television ad featuring an American woman drinking coffee in a “yuppie home” thinking to herself about having a third child.
“I know it would be my third baby, but there’s not a population problem here like in Africa or India… and besides, smart people like Bob and me should be the people having kids,” the woman said in Stone-Manning’s script.
The script then cuts to a montage featuring footage of smokestacks, dams, traffic jams and overflowing landfills with a female voiceover stating: “A child born in America will burn 499 times more energy than a child born in Ethiopia. And each year, Americans add 2 million energy-eating humans to the earth. We consume one quarter of all the world’s resources, simply by living as Americans.”
“When we have children, the planet feels it more,” the script states. “Do the truly smart thing. Stop at one or two kids.” Read more…