Obama’s Dr. Frankenstein: John Holdren
Posted by danishova on April 8, 2009
An A.P. story by Science Writer Seth Borenstein thrills chills us with this news:
The president’s new science adviser said Wednesday that global warming is so dire, the Obama administration is discussing radical technologies to cool Earth’s air.
John Holdren told The Associated Press in his first interview since being confirmed last month that the idea of geoengineering the climate is being discussed. One such extreme option includes shooting pollution particles into the upper atmosphere to reflect the sun’s rays. Holdren said such an experimental measure would only be used as a last resort.
"It’s got to be looked at," he said. "We don’t have the luxury of taking any approach off the table.” [snip]
But Holdren noted that shooting particles into the air — making an artificial volcano as one Nobel laureate has suggested — could have grave side effects and would not completely solve all the problems from soaring greenhouse gas emissions. So such actions could not be taken lightly, he said.
Still, "we might get desperate enough to want to use it," he added.
Another geoengineering option he mentioned was the use of so-called artificial trees to suck carbon dioxide — the chief human-caused greenhouse gas — out of the air and store it. At first that seemed prohibitively expensive, but a re-examination of the approach shows it might be less costly, he said.
You know, I’m not prepared to put the Planet Earth, or anything more complicated than, say, changing a tire in John Holdren’s hands. Perhaps excerpts from this article by Ben Johnson, appropriately entitled, Obama’s Biggest Radical, will provide the necessary clues as to why I “feel” that way:
When Barack Obama nominated John P. Holdren as his Science Adviser last December 20, the president-elect stated "promoting science isn’t just about providing resources" but "ensuring that facts and evidence are never twisted or obscured by politics or ideology." In nominating John Holdren, his words could scarcely have taken a more Orwellian ring.
Some critics have noted Holdren’s penchant for making apocalyptic predictions that never come to pass, and categorizing all criticism of his alarmist views as not only wrong but dangerous. What none has yet noted is that Holdren is a globalist who has endorsed "surrender of sovereignty" to "a comprehensive Planetary Regime" that would control all the world’s resources, direct global redistribution of wealth, oversee the "de-development" of the West, control a World Army and taxation regime, and enforce world population limits. He has castigated the United States as "the meanest of wealthy countries," written a justification of compulsory abortion for American women, advocated drastically lowering the U.S. standard of living, and left the door open to trying global warming "deniers" for crimes against humanity. Such is Barack Obama’s idea of a clear-headed adviser on matters of scientific policy.
Gee, I wonder if he and Michelle “America is such a mean Country” Obama pal around.
Holdren has authored numerous books and journal articles with his mentors Paul and Anne Ehrlich, the infamous doomsayers who predicted overpopulation would force most of the world’s population to perish during the 1980s "great die-off."
That prediction worked out well now, didn’t it?
He also pursued the intersection of science and diplomacy by joining the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, an organization founded during the Cold War by former nuclear scientist and fellow traveler Joseph Rotblat. Pugwash hewed to the Communist Party line and was subsequently feted by Czechslovakian and Polish Communist leaders.
Holdren, and the Ehrlichs, call themselves “Neo-Malthusians”:
Economist Thomas Malthus is one of the most literally anti-human theorists in human history. He viewed overpopulation as the fount of all woe, but one which could be staunched with enough blood. In "An Essay on the Principle of Population" Malthus wrote, "All the children who are born, beyond what would be required to keep up the population to a desired level, must necessarily perish, unless room be made for them by the death of grown persons...if we dread the too frequent visitation of the horrid form of famine, we should sedulously encourage the other forms of destruction, which we compel nature to use…and court the return of the plague." Like their intellectual forebear, Holdren and the Ehrlichs proposed their own acceptable sacrifice to the environment.
Charming stuff! Read the rest here.
1. Jammie Wearing Fool points out that Obama has more urgent priorities at the moment. I agree, but if John Holdren is any indication, I’m not at all optimistic that whatever Obama decides to do in response to any of these issues will be in the best interests of the Country, never mind the planet. Between the incompetence factor and the fact that he’s a leftist tool who thinks that, say, diplomacy is enhanced by sending Iranians “Happy Nowruz!” videograms, or that the correct response to the North Koreans rocket launch is to declare that you will not fund missile defense, I’m having difficulty imagining a rosy scenario.
2. This just in…White House May Postpone Auctioning Emissions (which I suppose is good news, although it’s too early to tell what the final outcome will be), but the final sentence in the story reminds us of how wide a berth Holdren has:
Holdren oversees an array of high-profile science policy issues in his new post, including space exploration, scientific integrity, stem-cell research and others.
3. This October 2008 piece by John Tierney, Flawed Science Advice for Obama? is a good read.
4. Michelle Malkin writes: Obama’s weather czar: Goodbye, thermostat control. Hello, “climate geoengineering”
5. Allahpundit has moved this down from headline Siberia: Good news: Obama to geoengineer the Earth’s climate or something
6. Finally! As the healthcare debate heats up, John Holdren’s horrific views are getting attention. Jim Treacher has Holdren covered here for Hot Air’s Green Room.