Paul Ehrlich Calls Pope’s Climate Push ‘Raving Nonsense’ Without Population Control

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TN Note: Ehrlich sold millions of copies of his 1968 book, Population Bomb. Notably, not one single prediction he made has come true. His scientific discipline was entomology, or the study of insects.

One of America’s leading scientists has dismissed as “raving nonsense” the pope’s call for action on climate change – so long as the leader of the world’s 1 billion Catholics rejects the need for population control.

In a commentary in the journal Nature Climate Change, Paul Ehrlich, a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, argues that Pope Francis is simply wrong in trying to fight climate change without also addressing the additional strain on global resources from population rise. “That’s raving nonsense,” Ehrlich told the Guardian. “He is right on some things but he is just dead wrong on that.”

The critique in “Society and the Pope’s encyclical”, part of a special package from scientists on the encyclical, marked a rare note of dissent from scientists and campaigners. Many hope that the pope will drive home his call to action on poverty and the environment in his speech to Congress on Thursday.

Ehrlich, in his Nature Climate Change commentary, accuses Francis of a dangerous flaw in his indictment of consumerism and its effects on the poor and the environment. The pope had fallen for the usual clerical “obsession” with contraception and abortion – when he could have instead broken new ground on the Catholic church’s approaches to women’s reproductive rights and family planning.

The broadside exposes some of the difficulties of embracing a figure such as the pope – for those on the left as well as the right.

Conservative allies of the pope, on issues such as same-sex marriage and abortion, have balked at his denunciation of capitalism and call to action on climate change.

Those thrilled by the pope’s intervention on climate change – and Ehrlich counts himself among them – were troubled by Francis’s refusal to countenance the need to limit population, the scientist said. “It is crystal clear. No one concerned with the state of the planet and the state of the global economy can avoid dealing with population. It is the elephant in the room,” he said.

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Michael White

James Corbett has one of the best refutations on “the population bomb ” called the last word on population. The Corbett Report archives

Michael White the last word on overpopulation…does not mean they will not succeed in killing many of us

JD Stenzel

We are NOT overpopulated. You know very well every person on the planet would fit in the state of Texas with each having 1500 feet of space, and the rest of the planet would be empty. We are overexploited! As for your pro-abortion eugenics stance on population, I am grateful you are no more popular than you are. How miserable it must be to lope about whining about non-issues in an attempt to chase a dollar! If you feel so strongly the world would be better without so many people aboard this planet feel free to set an example, and… Read more »

Patrick Wood

JD – you are correct in that we are not over-populated. You apparently do not realize that stories posted on Technocracy.News are for your edification as to what the global elite are actually doing and not what we believe. Where appropriate, TN Editor notes are included at the top of an article to clarify what you are reading. – The Editor

Alison Ryan

Vatican speaker and California Governor in push for massive depopulation… talk of ‘Planetary Court’ and removal of 6 billion people under new ‘Earth Constitution’ and ‘World Government’
(NaturalNews) June 15, 2015 – Professor John Schellnhuber has been chosen as a speaker for the Vatican’s rolling out of a Papal document on climate change. He’s the professor who previously said the planet is overpopulated by at least six billion people.

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