Ehrlich’s still at it: Cut world population and redistribute resources, expert urges

Nuclear disaster or plague likely unless population shrinks and natural resources are reassigned to poor, says Prof Paul Ehrlich

The world’s most renowned population analyst (sic) has called for a massive reduction in the number of humans and for natural resources to be redistributed from the rich to the poor.

Paul Ehrlich, Bing professor of population studies at Stanford University in California and author of the best-selling Population Bomb book in 1968, goes much further than the Royal Society in London which this morning said that physical numbers were as important as the amount of natural resources consumed.

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.”

John Vidal, Guardian

10 responses to “Ehrlich’s still at it: Cut world population and redistribute resources, expert urges

  1. One would think that with Ehrlich being wrong on every paper he ever published and every statement he has ever made whether it be about overpopulation, climate change or even the time of day he would simply shut up. I guess when you are a tenured parasite in the education field your perception of shame and humiliation are a bit different.

  2. I await reports of Ehrlich’s suicide.

    Wait . . . what? He wants me to die ?!?!

  3. Redistribute the wealth would mean a rise in dictators, oppression for the masses with uprisings and civil wars like the world has never seen. This idiot never sees the downside of his ideas.

  4. AFTER YOU: Ehrlich and James Hansen should be the true leaders they are, and make a mutual suicide pact to show us ignorant savages the way to save Gaia. Bon voyage boys!

  5. Malthus said the same B.S. over 200 years ago, and we are still waiting to see it happen. These idiots never learn.

  6. “The Republican party is wildly in favour of more redistribution, of taking money from the poor and giving it to the rich.”

    Taking money from the poor. Uhhh . . . the poor
    don’t have any money. Jackass.

    BTW . . . he owns a $1,500,000 house. So
    it’s safe to assume he wants to redistribute
    YOUR money. Don’t know if it’s before or
    after he has you killed. Kim Jong Ehrlich.

  7. This kind of nonsense is why I encourage all the “carbon fanatics” to do their part by no longer exhaling.

  8. They will not do that, as they are all hypocrites.

  9. I am skeptical of what Erlich has to say. This overpopulation crap has been mouthed since Malthus and is always championed by the nasties: elite, nazis, eugenecists. However, I’m confused about Erlich saying redistribute resources to the poor. What’s his real aim?

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