Paul Ehrlich, of 'Population Bomb' infamy, now predicts we will be eating our dead
After making a small fortune out of being wrong over predictions of doom because of overpopulation, Stanford University Professor Paul Ehrlich is embracing the lunatic fringe of environmentalism, perhaps noting that Al Gore has made a large fortune out of another wacko doomsday cult. Sean Long of Newsbusters reports:
Ehrlich, a Stanford University biologist famous for his widely debunked book “The Population Bomb,” doubled down on his climate change and overpopulation fear-mongering with HuffPost Live on May 21. Ehrlich warned host Josh Zepps that the dangers of overpopulation are growing, blaming Republicans and the media for failing to take action. While hawking a new book called “Hope On Earth,” Ehrlich’s co-author Michael Tobias praised Ehrlich’s older, outrageously wrong predictions and said they underestimated the problem.
Ehrlich, after falsely predicting human “oblivion” 46 years ago, told Zepps humans must soon begin contemplating “eat[ing] the bodies of your dead” after resources are depleted (fava beans and a nice Chianti optional, apparently).
Despite the fact that this “oblivion,” never came about, he still pushed alarmist predictions. Ehrlich claimed that scarcity of resources will get so bad that humans will need to drastically change our eating habits and agriculture. Instead, we will soon begin asking “is it perfectly okay to eat the bodies of your dead because we’re all so hungry?” He added that humanity is “moving in that direction with a ridiculous speed.” And clearly, this man knows “ridiculous.”
As you may know:
…his 1968 publication of “The Population Bomb” … called for “population control” to prevent global crises from overpopulation. In this book he predicted that “In the 1970’s the world will undergo famines – hundreds of millions of people are going to starve to death” and “[our children] will inherit a totally different world, a world in which the standards, politics, and economics of the 1960’s are dead.” (Would that the politics of the 1960s finally die!)
Even HuffPost’s Zepps pointed out that Ehrlich’s previous predictions “didn’t eventuate.” Tobias quickly defended Ehrlich, though, saying his “projections, in fact were correct.” In fact, he “not only got it right, [Ehrlich and his wife], in some ways, underestimated.”
And they call those of us who question AGW “deniers”!
As a side note, I must confess that in 1972 I served Ehrlich as his interpreter when he came to Japan to give an address about his doomsday population explosion predictions. The Japanese had already undertaken a drastic, yet voluntary, approach to population control so effective that today Japan’s population is rapidly declining, with horrendous problems resulting, including a rapidly growing aging population supported by a rapidly shrinking population of working age people. In addition, businesses in Japan, confronted with a shrinking domestic market, have little incentive to invest.
As with so many other biblical injunctions, “Go forth and multiply” seems to be the wise course, Professor Ehrlich to the contrary notwithstanding.