Fox News– CBS rang in the new year Sunday night with “The Population Bomb” author and biologist Paul Ehrlich continuing to warn Americans about the threat of “mass extinction” on “60 Minutes.”
Journalist Scott Pelley spoke with Ehrlich on the subject of sustainability as Ehrlich repeated his claims that humanity is no longer sustainable as a species due to our increasingly high population.
“The rate of extinction is extraordinarily high now and getting higher all the time,” Ehrlich said.
He explained, “Humanity is not sustainable. To maintain our lifestyle (yours and mine, basically) for the entire planet, you’d need five more Earths. Not clear where they’re gonna come from.”
In Ehrlich’s 1968 book, he originally predicted widespread famine and the overall end of civilization within the next decade. Although Ehrlich was wrong on several accounts, the program continued to present him as a reputable source.
“The alarm Ehrlich sounded in ’68 warned that overpopulation would trigger widespread famine. He was wrong about that. The green revolution fed the world.
“But he also wrote in ’68 that heat from greenhouse gases would melt polar ice and humanity would overwhelm the wild. Today, humans have taken over 70% of the planet’s land and 70% of the freshwater.”
The segment also included a comment from Ehrlich’s colleague Tony Barnosky claiming that there isn’t a scientist who would state that “we’re not in an extinction crisis.”
“I was alarmed. I am still alarmed. All of my colleagues are alarmed,” Ehrlich said.
Ehrlich’s comments and “60 Minutes” itself were ridiculed well into Monday for continuing to push the same incorrect predictions after several decades … READ MORE.