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Paul Ehrlich on COVID: ‘We desperately need a national shutdown, and ordered from the top’ – Also admits it was ‘mistake’ to put in ‘scenarios’ (predictions) in his ‘Population Bomb’ book

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Interview with Emeritus Stanford University Professor Paul Ehrlich – April 22, 2020

On his 1968 book, The Population Bomb (49: 00 min)
Ehrlich: “People seem to think that a scientist always believes exactly what he or she said 50 years before. And that, of course, isn’t true. There are a lot of things I would do differently.”

“The worst mistake we made was to put in scenarios. which are little stories to help you think about the future. But every reviewer treated them as if they were predictions. And I would not do that again. But overall the book did what [the Sierra club asked us to do it] hoped it would do, it brought the population movement into the environmental movement when it was more or less starting up big time after Rachel Carson.”

5420: Ehrlich: “Even people as smart as Obama won’t say we have too many people, we are growing too fast.”

Question: What will it take for people to actually have the courage say something about it.

Ehrlich: “You want the truth? I don’t think there is a chance in hell that we will get the changes we need to keep civilization going. I hate to tell you that. But I don’t see any sign. I can’t be optimistic.”

Societal Collapse is inevitable: 57:30: Ehrlich: “I had great hopes I would die before the collapse really got going, but I missed. The smartest thing I ever did was to be born in 1932.” …

“My daughter lives near Washington DC and I think the odds of me ever seeing her again are very, very small. I don’t think that in my lifetime I will want to fly on a commercial airliner. My lifetime being 32 minutes or something at the moment. But Remember, I am a notorious pessimist.”

On COVID Lockdowns: 40:30 Ehrlich: “In the short term, in the situation that we have gotten ourselves into. I don’t know a single person, virologist, epidemiologist on — I know a lot of them — I trust them all. Everybody says the same thing. We desperately need a national shutdown, and ordered from the top.” …

“If you think the health problems of this virus pandemic are serious. They are nothing, absolutely nothing, compared to the health threat of climate change. There is no chance as far as we can tell that this particular coronavirus will kill everybody, but climate disruption can kill everybody. And we have very little time to act. And instead of acting in the right direction, this moronic imbecile (Trump) is working very hard to kill Americans and other human beings in the future for his personal gain and profit.”




German Climate Advisor Hans Schellnhuber: Carrying Capacity Of The Planet Is Less Than A Billion – According to the New York Times, Schellnhuber also said at a plenary session at the international climate change conference in Copenhagen (emphasis added):  “In a very cynical way, it’s a triumph for science because at last we have stabilized something –- namely the estimates for the carrying capacity of the planet, namely below 1 billion people.”

Accurate Tribute to Paul Ehrlich: ‘Mad…Kook…Lunatic…Disgraced…Worse than Hitler…fear-monger…parasite on Academic system…Bernie Madoff of science’

1972 Article Unearthed: ‘Worse than Hitler’: ‘Population Bomb’ author Paul Ehrlich suggested adding a forced sterilization agent to ‘staple food’ and ‘water supply’ – Warned of ‘Unpredictable climatic effects’ — Called on U.S. to ‘de-develop’ – Feb. 19, 2010

Physicist mocks Paul Ehrlich as ‘mad’: ‘A kook, a lunatic obsessed with doomsdays, and a parasite on the Academic system…career built on making absolutely preposterous statements’

Paul Ehrlich called ‘Intellectual Moron’: ‘He’s the Bernie Madoff of science…Ehrlich has been wrong on virtually everything he has predicted about future state of the world’

2020:Envrio leftie George Monbiot takes on enviro leftie Michael Moore on overpopulation: ‘Why do so many people in rich nations claim that the biggest environmental problem is population growth?’ Answer: ‘Racism’

How They Sold Paul Ehrlich’s ‘The Population Bomb’ – Threats of famine, dead children, bombs, nuclear war, & oblivion

Paul Ehrlich’s Epic Fail: Why The ‘Population Bomb’ Never Exploded

Flashback 1980: Paul Ehrlich calls oil ‘a resource which we know damn well is going to be gone in 20 or 30 years’ (By year 2000 or 2010)

Paul Ehrlich admits it: ‘I am an alarmist. My colleagues are alarmists. We’re alarmed, and we’re frightened’