Ehlrich said that young people would stop purchasing cars and gasoline.
28 July 1971
Dr. Ehrlich is savagely critical of people he labels as “environmental villains, ecological Uncle Toms, the dum-dums and yo-yos of the Establishment.”
Among his targets are the National Academy of Sciences, the Atomic Energy Commission, the Pope, the petrochemical industry, and President Nixon.
“President Nixon has made it abundantly clear that he can be counted on to do practically nothing . . . and if we ever should get our own country on the rightroad with the right leaders, we’re still going to have to work double hard to see to it that their counterparts in the Soviet Union, China, and so on, are also removed from power, and put out on the happy farm where they belong.”
Dr. Ehrlich feels that man’s last hope lies in the emergence of a new youth movement based on the population-pollution issue, and he foresees tremendous opposition to the movement from the Establishment.
“The movement is going to generate a lot of civil disobedience,” he points out, “similar to what we saw in the early days of civil rights: demonstrations, picketing, sit-ins. I think we will soon see boycotting of the automobile industry, the oil companies, the utilities. Among other things, people are just going to stop paying their bills.
Forty years later, this mental giant is still at it.