Discredited ‘Population Bomb’ Author Predicts “End of Civilization We’re Used To” on 60 Minutes
(by Paul Joseph Watson | Summit News) – Author Paul Ehrlich, whose 1968 book ‘The Population Bomb’ predicted environmental catastrophes that never happened, appeared on 60 Minutes to warn of “the end of the kind of civilization we’re used to.”
Ehrlich’s conversation with CBS host Scott Pelley centered around the narrative that human population growth will be too much for the Earth to sustain, despite the fact that it is set to peak at 9 billion people before rapidly declining.
“Too many people, too much consumption and growth mania” is killing the planet and devastating wildlife according to Ehrlich.
“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,” he claimed.
Paul Ehrlich: “The next few decades will be the end of the kind of civilization we’re used to.”
CBS’s @ScottPelley: “The 5 mass extinctions of the ancient past were caused by natural calamities … humanity may have to survive a 6th mass extinction in a world of its own making.” pic.twitter.com/Vf7DNPLGai
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 2, 2023
Despite charges of alarmism, the author defiantly asserted, “I was alarmed. I am still alarmed. All of my colleagues are alarmed” (seemingly unaware that the definition of alarmism is to grossly exaggerate something that isn’t true).
“I know there’s no political will to do any of the things that I’m concerned with, which is exactly why I and the vast majority of my colleagues think we’ve had it; that the next few decades will be the end of the kind of civilization we’re used to,” Ehrlich absurdly claimed.
“The five mass extinctions of the ancient past were caused by natural calamities—volcanoes, and an asteroid. Today, if the science is right, humanity may have to survive a sixth mass extinction in a world of its own making,” he added.
Enrivonmental author Michael Shellenberger responded to the segment by documenting how Ehrlich’s claims were “totally & utterly false” and accusing CBS of pushing “apocalyptic pseudoscience.”
Elon Musk, who has warned about the dangers of population decline, agreed, tweeting, “Absolutely.”
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 2, 2023