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Environmental Scientist: Timothy Wirth

Timothy Wirth, President Clinton's Assistant Secretary of State for Global Affairs, is a former United States Senator from Colorado. Charging that "economic mismanagement and partisan pettiness have reduced the work of our government," Worth called it quits in 1992 after serving just one term in the Senate. Wirth's decision to retire may have been motivated more by concern that his re-election bid would result in intensified public scrutiny of his dealings with special interests, however. According to a January 27, 1992 Rocky Mountain News report, in October 1990, Wirth helped kill legislation to regulate cable television rates just seven months after receiving $80,000 in campaign contributions from the cable industry. Wirth was also criticized for failing to act to curb abuses of junk bond traders while serving as chairman of the House subcommittee with jurisdiction over such matters. As it turned out, Wirth's subcommittee staff director, David Aylward, left employment with Wirth to direct a trade association controlled by Drexel Burnham Lambert's Michael Milken, who was later convicted of insider trading.

Timothy Wirth is a follower of the teachings Thomas Malthus, the British economist who predicted in 1789 that the planet's rapid increase in population would soon outstrip the planet's ability to produce food resulting in massive worldwide starvation. Of course, Malthus' predicted famine never materialized. He could not have predicted the industrial revolution nor the enormous impact of subsequent technological innovations would have on our ability to produce food. Unlike Malthus, Wirth had the benefit of such knowledge. Nonetheless, he predicted the same thing upon his election to Congress in 1974, asking, "Are we going to blow ourselves off the face of the globe or are we going to propagate ourselves off the face of the globe?"

Wirth has been a crusader for population control and "abortion rights," particularly as Assistant Secretary of State for Global Policy. He was one of the architects of the international population summit in Cairo, Egypt in 1994 where he pressured other nations -- with the help of former Congresswoman Bella Abzug -- to support abortion as one of several means of controlling population. During that conference, three American journalists from pro-life publications had their press credentials seized and were detained by Egyptian police. One of the journalists, Keith Tucci, claimed he was detained at the direction of Wirth.

Wirth has also been a consistent advocate of the global warming theory. While in the Senate, he co-sponsored legislation that would, among other things, give priority to international aid programs that "enhance access to... bicycles, carts, pack animals, and similar affordable, non-motorized vehicles" for the purpose of reducing use of fossil fuels (greenhouse gases), relegating the recipient nations to a perpetual Third World status. Yet, even he has admitted doubts about the global warming theory: "We've got to rid the global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing, in terms of economic policy and environmental policy."

Most recently, Timothy Wirth was at the center of controversy when the Clinton Administration decided to deport 13 Chinese women who sought asylum in the United States to avoid forced abortion or sterilization under communist China's one-child policy. By offering asylum to the women, Wirth explained, "we could potentially open ourselves up to just about everybody in the world saying 'I don't want to plan my family, therefore I deserve political asylum." Apparently, Wirth believes government forced abortions and sterilization constitutes "family planning."

Selected Timothy Wirth Quotes

Timothy Wirth explaining why the ends justify the means...

"We've got to ride the global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing, in terms of economic policy and environmental policy. " - Timothy Wirth quoted in Science Under Siege by Michael Fumento, 1993

Timothy Wirth equating the Chinese government's one-child policy -- which includes forced abortions and sterilizations -- with "family planning"...

"[By offering asylum to women fleeing China's one-child policy] we could potentially open ourselves up to just about everybody in the world saying 'I don't want to plan my family, therefore I deserve political asylum.'" - Timothy Wirth, explaining the Clinton Administration's decision to deport 13 Chinese women, quoted in The Washington Times, April 27, 1995

Timothy Wirth explaining why he supports abortion rights -- the unborn are a barrier to equal opportunity for women that must be removed...

"...Advancing women's rights and health and promoting family planning are mutually reinforcing objectives... all barriers which deprive women of equal opportunity must be removed." - Timothy Wirth speaking at a May 1993 preparatory meeting for the Cairo population conference as quoted in State of the World 1994

Timothy Wirth demonstrating that it is easier to attack the messenger than the message ...

"There are people who say that you have no business helping to assist family planning clinics around the world, but this is the same sort of deliberate, wanton ignorance that defined population policy in the 1980s..." - Timothy Wirth quoted by Greenwire January 24, 1994

Timothy Wirth demonstrating his respect for people of religious faith...

"The wonderful opportunities in this [population summit] reach very deeply, much beyond this sort of superficial political controversy raised by some quasi-moralists." - Timothy Wirth, referring to pro-family participants at the 1994 Cairo population conference, quoted by Christianity Today

Timothy Wirth sounding the alarm that the sky is falling...

"We have been living off an enormous supply of natural capital and that's coming to an end all over the world." - Timothy Wirth quoted in Business Week, December 13, 1994


Version Date: April 4, 1996



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