Jan 31, 2011
Excerpt From The Hill – January 30, 2011
President Obama’s top science adviser said there’s a need to “educate” GOP climate change skeptics on Capitol Hill as the White House seeks to advance its green energy agenda. “It is an education problem. I think we have to educate them,” said John Holdren, who heads the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. [...] Holdren, asked about advancing Obama’s agenda in the face of [Congressional] skepticism, said the scientific evidence of dangerous human-induced climate change is powerful. “The science of climate change is really very clear in its essentials,” Holdren said on Platts Energy Week. [End article excerpt]
Climate Depot Response: It is John Holdren who desperately needs remedial climate science education! Holdren has laid bare his scientific ignorance and alarmist ideology for all the world to see on multiple occasions over the past 40 years.
John Holdren in 2009: “…if you lose the summer sea ice, there are phenomena that could lead you not so very long thereafter to lose the winter sea ice as well. And if you lose that sea ice year round, it’s going to mean drastic climatic change all over the hemisphere.”
Yes, you heard that correctly, Holdren, with his wealth of “scientific” acumen, actually believes the Arctic is in danger of losing WINTER sea ice. The website Real Science noted about Holdren’s claims: “Temperatures are well below freezing across the Arctic now, and about -20C near Greenland. They will continue to get colder for the next few months. New ice is forming at the rate of one Manhattan every minute and a half, in areas that were previously ice free.”
Holdren has quite simply made a mockery of his PhD. It would be hard to find anyone less fit to “educate” people about climate science in Washington than John Holdren. It is sad to see an ideologically driven activist like Holdren posited as some sort of prestigious “science advisor” to the President of the United States.
Holdren, a Bitter Clinger
As the man-made global warming movement collapses scientifically, economically, and politically, Holdren is nothing more than a bitter clinger, hanging on to the last vestiges of yet another failed eco-scare. Holdren should try to first convince scientists that his fringe climate views are viable. See: SPECIAL REPORT: More Than 1000 International Scientists Dissent Over Man-Made Global Warming Claims – Challenge UN IPCC & Gore
John Lennon Makes Scientific Chump Out of Holdren
But it gets worse for Holdren and his alleged ability to “educate” anyone on science matters. Pity poor John Holdren. He was bested scientifically by none other than the late John Lennon in 1970s on the issue of overpopulation fears.
See: John Lennon from the grave makes scientific chumps out of John Holdren & Paul Ehrlich! Flashback Lennon in 1970′s: ‘I don’t believe in overpopulation. It is a myth’ — Lennon: ‘I think it is a bit of a joke the way people have made this overpopulation thing into a kind of a myth…I think whatever happens will balance itself out. It’s alright for us all living to saying ‘well there is enough of us so we won’t have any more. Don’t’ let anyone else live.’ I don’t believe in that. I think we have enough food and money to feed everyone.’
John Lennon and Yoko Ono were wiser and had more scientific ability than either of Holdren or Ehrlich! See: Relax: Laugh at silly predictions of overpopulation: Climate Depot’s Factsheet on Overpopulation – ‘Is too few people the new ‘population problem?’
Fred Pearce in Eco-Mag. Grist in 2010: ‘The population bomb that I remember being scared by 40 years ago as a schoolkid is being defused fast’ – ‘Why don’t we hear more about it? Because it doesn’t fit the doomsday agenda…Half the world now has fewer than the ‘replacement level’ of children. That includes Europe, North America, and the Caribbean, most of the Far East from Japan to Thailand, and much of the Middle East from Algeria to Iran’ (For more reality checks on overpopulation fears see here.)
Holdren is second to none in unscientific rubbish, as he has been wrong on just about every eco-scare prediction of the past 40 years. See: Oops. Obama Science ‘Czar’ John Holdren’s 1971 warning: A ‘New Ice Age’ likely
Holdren was dead wrong on modern agriculture
Holdren’s understanding of climate science is proving to be similar to his knowledge of agriculture. The website Haunting The Libraryuncovered a key morsel about Holdren from 1970. Holdren told a reporter that the new crops being developed by [the late Nobel Prize winner] Dr. Norman Borlaug was a disaster, and not suitable for Africa and Asia: “We cannot use the same technological bludgeon on the underdeveloped countries that we have used on our own, seriously deteriorating our environment” said John P. Holdren of Stanford University. [End 1970 article excerpt]
Renowned agricultural scientist Norman Borlaug, known as the father of the “Green Revolution” for saving over a billion people from starvation by utilizing pioneering high yield farming techniques, is one of only five people in history who has been awarded a Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom ,and the Congressional Gold Medal. Borlaug, who died in 2009, was also a man-made global warming skeptic.
Holdren has been repeatedly and spectacularly wrong in areas where he was alleged to be an “expert.” Holdren thought he knew better than Borlaug in 1970. Amazingly, Holdren thinks he understands climate science in 2011. It is puzzling that Holdren has not chosen to go in hiding out of sheer embarrassment for his massive scientific failings.
Holdren also feared abundant energy for the U.S. See: Flashback 1975: Holdren Says Real Threat to USA Is Cheap Energy –‘The U.S.is threatened far more by the hazards of too much energy, too soon, than by the hazards of too little energy, too late.’
[Climate Depot note: Of course, Holdren was not wrong about everything. Climate Depot was astonished to find one his predictions that was accurate. See: He finally got one right! John Holdren Forecast That He Would Be Discredited! -- Holdren and Paul Ehrlich in 1971: 'We have been warned by our more cautious colleagues that those who discuss threats of sociological and ecological disaster run the risk of being 'discredited' if those threats fail to materialize on schedule']
Doomsday Cult Duo
Holdren’s association with overpopulation doomsday cult leader Paul Ehlrich proved to be the most humorous and entertaining spectacle. Holdren and Ehlrich at times have morphed into utilizing nothing short of doomsday cult rhetoric. Very scary stuff — if you take either man serious. But the good news is that if you view both men as nothing more than a circus sideshow, you can sit back and have a good laugh. Please, read on…
Eco-Wacko Czar John Holdren in 1969 : The Science Is Settled – Everyone Starving Before The Year 2000 — Turns out we have all been dead for over a decade! — Scientific Rube?: ‘Holdren proposed forced sterilization based on his hare-brained theories. His reward for being dangerous, wrong and anti-democratic? Obama made him his science advisor’ [Climate Depot Note to Holdren: When you make doomsday predictions, make sure they are far enough in the future so you will not have to be around to defend the rubbish!]
Keep Your Eco-Wacko Ideas Off Our Testicles! 1969: Ehrlich & Holdren Promote vasectomies to fight off ‘misery’ of overpopulation — Looney & Loonier: Ehrlich & Holdren: ‘We should ask how many vasectomies could be performed by a program funded with the 1.8 billion dollars…it cannot be emphasized enough that if the population control measures are not initiated immediately and effectively, all the technology man can bring to bear will not fend off the misery to come’
Flashback: Time for Meds? NASA’s Hansen endorses book which calls for ‘ridding the world of Industrial Civilization’ – Hansen declares author ‘has it right…the system is the problem’ — Book proposes ‘razing cities to the ground, blowing up dams and switching off the greenhouse gas emissions machine’
Holdren uses free market to get back to stone age: ‘If you met him at the pub, he’d be the guy you might egg on just for sake of a good dinner party anecdote to use after the fact, but he’s not just the nutter at the bar, he’s one degree of separation from the The Leader of The Free World.’
Flashback: No Joke! Obama Eco-Wacko Science Advisor Holdren: Trees Should Be Allowed to Sue in Court — Giving ‘natural objects’ — like trees — standing to sue in a court of law would have a ‘most salubrious’ effect on the environment, Holdren wrote in 1970s
Flashback Shock Report: ‘Obama science czar Holdren called for forced abortions’ — ‘Comprehensive Planetary Regime could control development, distribution of all natural resources’
Flashback: ‘Planned recession’ could avoid catastrophic global warming — ‘Reducing the size of economy…UK will have to stop building airports, switch to electric cars & shut down coal-fired power stations through a ‘planned recession’
More Holdren & Ehrlich Woes: Environmentalist Stewart Brand: ‘By 2nd Half of Century, the Population Crisis Will Be Seen As Not Enough People’ — ‘There are fewer and fewer people…over 1/2 of nations of world now have a below-replacement birth rate. We’ll level off probably below 9 billion & then head down from there…Stopping economic development is an agenda of some of my fellow environmentalists and I think it’s actually unjust because a lot of people are getting out of poverty for 1st time and to say, ‘No stay in poverty, because poverty is so green,’ — is not something we can say’
For updates on Holdren’s wacky views, see here.
This article was posted: Monday, January 31, 2011 at 5:32 am