How much does the average American’s carbon footprint increase by having two children instead of one child?



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    In 2006, the Union of Concerned Scientists published statistics that the emissions per capita in the United States are 19.78 tons.  That is the contribution of each person in the United States in a year.  It is probably less for children since they do not drive and, especially as babies, eat and travel less than adults, but that is the general idea.  If you want to measure a more precise amount based on personal activities, there are many carbon footprint calculators that provide this information, including this one from the EPA:

    Of course, having a baby will very much increase one’s carbon emissions as this article from the San Francisco Gate points out:  Its conclusion is that a child adds 9441 metric tons to the mother’s lifetime emissions.  A heavy burden, indeed!

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