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Disturbing Writings from Obama's "Science Czar"

| by CEI

Last week, Michelle Malkin posted on the disturbing past of Obama’s Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Co-Chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology–more popularly known as the “science czar”–John Holdren. The page Malkin links to containing scans of a past publication is offline as of this writing, but I’ll re-post an excerpt from her site below:

In a book Holdren co-authored in 1977, the man now firmly in control of science policy in this country wrote that:

-- Women could be forced to abort their pregnancies, whether they wanted to or not;

-- The population at large could be sterilized by infertility drugs intentionally put into the nation’s drinking water or in food;

-- Single mothers and teen mothers should have their babies seized from them against their will and given away to other couples to raise;

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-- People who “contribute to social deterioration” (i.e. undesirables) “can be required by law to exercise reproductive responsibility” — in other words, be compelled to have abortions or be sterilized.

-- A transnational “Planetary Regime” should assume control of the global economy and also dictate the most intimate details of Americans’ lives — using an armed international police force.

Holdren has a long history of associating with Malthusian doomsayer Paul Ehrlich, and as Ehrlich’s “scholarly” co-author as recently as 1995. CEI Energy Policy Analyst William Yeatman chronicled Holdren’s history of alarmism and playing fast and loose with the facts back in January of this year. Included among Yeatman’s findings:

-- Holdren’s fiction: In 1969, Holdren claimed: “If 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.”
Reality: Global population growth continued unabated and people today are
wealthier and healthier than they were in 1971.

Holdren’s fiction: In 1973, Holdren encouraged a “decline in fertility to well
below replacement” in the United States, because “280 million in 2040 is likely to
be much too many.”
Reality: Currently, the U.S. population is 304 million.

Holdren was also party to the famous wager between Julian Simon and Paul Ehrlich (on Ehrlich’s side, of course), which famously debunked Ehrlich’s dire predictions on resource depletion. So, the man President Obama selected as his primary science and technology advisor has consistently been proven wrong by history and is a protege of one of the biggest scientific fraudsters of the 20th century. Here’s to “Change we can believe in!”