Tracy Stone-Manning, President Joe Biden’s nominee to be director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), described American children as an “environmental hazard” while advocating for slowing U.S. population growth in her 1992 graduate thesis.
The Daily Caller reported on Stone-Manning’s thesis, titled “Into the Heart of the Beast, a case for environmental advertising,” after which she was awarded a master of science degree in environmental studies. Stone-Manning called for an advertising campaign to lessen procreation among Americans, ostensibly towards “environmental” ends. She produced a sample poster deriding a shirtless child as an “environmental hazard.”
Her political advertisement asked in its header, “Can you spot the environmental hazard in this photo?” It included the following response:
“That’s right, it’s the cute baby. 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. We breed more than any other industrialized nation. At the same time, we suck up one-third of the world’s energy.”
Continuing, she said, “On average, each of us gobbles the same energy as 3 Japanese, 13 Chinese, and 499 Ethiopians. When we overpopulate, the earth notices it more. Stop at two. It could be the best thing you do for the planet.” Her thesis claimed, “The origin of our abuses is us. If there were fewer of us, we would have less impact.”
Both the Daily Caller and Fox News described Stone-Manning’s Malthusian proposal as “population control.”