Joe Romm at Climate Progress reports that:
Both [John Holdren and Jane Lubchenco] have been told not to make news [at their confirmation hearings], so it could be as boring as Energy Secretary Chu’s hearing.
My eight-part series on Dr. Holdren’s energy-related views documents a troubled history of exaggeration and intolerance that deserves some hard (and unavoidably) embarrassing questions. We will know in a matter of hours if this turns out to be the case.
But also for the record, I would like to share a sampling of quotations from Holdren’s mentor, Paul Ehrlich, that reveals a totalitarian mindset that is part of the animus of John Holdren towards the modern industrialism.
In fact, it would be interesting to recite some Ehrlich quotations at the hearing and ask Holdren if he agrees with his mentor.
Here is an Ehrlich sampling:
Giving society cheap energy at this point would be equivalent to giving an idiot child a machine gun.
– Paul Ehrlich, “An Ecologist’s Perspective on Nuclear Power,” Federal Academy of Science Public Issue Report, May-June 1975, p. 5.
We can be reasonably sure … that within the next quarter of a century mankind will be looking elsewhere than in oil wells for its main source of energy. … We can also be reasonably sure that the search for alternatives will be a frantic one.
– Paul and Anne Ehrlich, The End of Affluence, Rivercity Press,
Riverside, MA, 1974, 1975, p. 49.
Many of the conservation measures temporarily undertaken when the mini-crisis was in its acute stage – lowered speed limits, car-pools, reset thermostats, etc. – should be instituted on a permanent basis … In the long run, energy should be made expensive, especially for large users, as an incentive to conservation (emphasis added).
– Ehrlich and Ehrlich, The End of Affluence, op. cit., p. 48.
Laws may well be passed strictly limiting the number of appliances a single family may possess.
– Paul Ehrlich and Richard Harriman, How to Be a Survivor,
Rivercity Press, Rivercity, MA, 1971, 1975, p. 69.
Unnecessary lighting in offices and factories should … be banned.
– Ehrlich and Ehrlich, The End of Affluence, p. 226.
It should immediately be made illegal to construct a building with windows which cannot be opened.
– Ehrlich and Harriman, How to Be a Survivor, pp. 73–74.
Completely frivolous uses of power, such as gas yard lamps that are permanently lit, should be outlawed altogether.
– Ehrlich and Ehrlich, The End of Affluence, p. 227.
Will the real John Holdren please stand up at the hearing?