I've suggested that they are acolytes of Thomas Malthus, the Scot who speculated two centuries ago that the Earth would be overrun by people.
That didn't happen, of course, any more than global warming has happened, but that hasn't stopped the mania.
Three decades ago Paul Erlich, Anne Erlich and John Holdren wrote:
“We find ourselves firmly in the neo-Malthusian camp. We hold this view not because we believe the world to be running out of materials in an absolute sense, but rather because the barriers to continued material growth, in the form of problems of economics, logistics, management, and environmental impact, are so formidable.”Erlich cheerfully predicted mass starvation of humans in the 1970s and 1980s due to overpopulation. That didn't happen. He and Holdren gleefully predicted shortages of key minerals. That didn't happen, either.
These people just don't give up. This is significant because today Holdren is President Obama's science advisor.
It gets even better. Holdren and Erlich predicted ... wait for it ... an ice age.
"The effects of a new ice age on agriculture and the supportability of large human populations scarcely need elaboration here. Even more dramatic results are possible, however; for instance, a sudden outward slumping in the Antarctic ice cap, induced by added weight, could generate a tidal wave of proportions unprecedented in recorded history."Yikes!
Here's why this nutcake isn't funny.
The Obama administration is considering using really drastic measures to halt climate change. And that doesn’t mean just passing a cap-and-trade bill, drastic as that may seem.
Holdren told The Associated Press that the idea of geoengineering the climate is being discussed. One such extreme option includes shooting pollution particles into the upper atmosphere to reflect the sun’s rays. “It’s got to be looked at,” he said. “We don’t have the luxury of taking any approach off the table.”I'm beginning to understand what's happening in Washington.