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Stay married to save the planet, says politician

STAYING married is better for the planet because divorce leads the newly single to live more wasteful lifestyles, an Australian politician said yesterday.

Senator Steve Fielding told a Senate hearing in the Australian capital Canberra that divorce only made climate change worse.

When couples separated, they needed more rooms, more electricity and more water.

This increased their carbon footprint, media reports quoted Fielding as telling the hearing on environmental issues.

"We understand that there is a social problem, but now we're seeing there is also environmental impact as well on the footprint," he was reported as saying.

Such a "resource-inefficient lifestyle" meant it would be better for the planet if couples stayed married, he said.

During the hearing, the senator read out quotes from a United States report that advocated his stance.

Fielding, who leads the independent Family First party, grew up in a family of 16 children and has been married for 22 years, according to his Website.


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