Posted By Jennie Chancey on April 28, 2012
Hard to believe this guy is still making “predictions” and claiming he has been accurate in the past when all of his dire prophecies about worldwide starvation failed to come true:
What do you know about Paul Ehrlich? If you’re anything like me, probably not a lot more than the following: in 1968 he published a book called the Population Bomb. It was kind of big deal. A big, alarmist, deal. Now, he’s back in the media (read Guardian) and has obviously re-invented himself as a stand-up comedian. Some of his funniest jokes were leaked to the Guardian:
“The world’s most renowned population analyst has called for a massive reduction in the number of humans and for natural resources to be redistributed from the rich to the poor.”
Hmmm, of course the easiest way to cut this Gordian knot is to eliminate the poor – thus you kill two birds with one stone. Further on in the article:
“The optimum population of Earth – enough to guarantee the minimal physical ingredients of a decent life to everyone – was 1.5 to 2 billion people rather than the 7 billion who are alive today or the 9 billion expected in 2050, said Ehrlich in an interview with the Guardian.
“How many you support depends on lifestyles. We came up with 1.5 to 2 billion because you can have big active cities and wilderness. If you want a battery chicken world where everyone has minimum space and food and everyone is kept just about alive you might be able to support in the long term about 4 or 5 billion people. But you already have 7 billion. So we have to humanely and as rapidly as possible move to population shrinkage.”
How does one rapidly (and yet humanely) move to population shrinkage? No, seriously, how do you do that? It’s oxymoronic as far as I can tell.
Read the full piece at THIS LINK.
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