Holdren Forecast That He Would Be Discredited

“Some form of ecocatastrophe, if not thermonuclear war, seems almost certain to overtake us before the end of the century.”

–  John Holdren and Paul Ehrlich, “What We Must Do, and the Cost of Failure,” in Holdren and Ehrlich, Global Ecology (1971), p. 279.

“As University of California physicist John Holdren has said, it is possible that carbon-dioxide climate-induced famines could kill as many as a billion people before the year 2020.”

–  Paul Ehrlich, The Machinery of Nature (1986), p. 274

“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.”

– John Holdren and Paul Ehrlich, eds., Global Ecology (1971), p. 6.


h/t to Marc Morano


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6 Responses to Holdren Forecast That He Would Be Discredited

  1. Lance says:

    Slam Dunk!

  2. R. de Haan says:

    Real creeps, both of them.

  3. suyts says:

    lol, apparently, Ehrlich views “wrong” as some abstract idea that can occur on different levels.

    “When you predict the future, you get things wrong,” Ehrlich admitted, but “how wrong is another question.”

    Of course, that’s the same guy that thinks he was mostly correct when he said,”In ten years all important animal life in the sea will be extinct. Large areas of coastline will have to be evacuated because of the stench of dead fish.”

  4. Andy Weiss says:

    They are publicity hounds, always touting one catastrophe or another.

  5. Justa Joe says:

    Well at least he got one prediction correct.

  6. Ian says:

    I wonder if it could be a form of mental illness. Extreme pessimism is a symptom of depression.

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