Climate Depot’s News Round Up About Mitt Romney’s climate advisor John Holdren

Say it Ain’t So! Report: Romney sought advice on global warming from Obama Advisor Holdren — ‘Holdren’s bizarre views are best suited for an adviser to someone like, say, Pol Pot’ — John Holdren is ‘advocate of de-developing America & population control’ — ‘A Dec. 7, 2005 memo from governor’s office announcing the new policy listed among the ‘environmental and policy experts’ providing input to policy one ‘John Holdren, prof. of env. policy at Harvard U.’

First Gore, Now Holdren! What Gives Mitt!? Flashback: Gore Praises Romney for Belief in Man-Made Global Warming: Gore: ‘Good for Mitt Romney — While other Republicans are running from the truth, he is sticking to his guns in the face of the anti-science wing of the Republican Party’

Flashback: Romney’s new book touts his Gore like warmist views: Romney: ‘Scientists are nearly unanimous in laying the blame for rising temperatures on GHG emissions’

Flashback: Holdren ‘desperately needs remedial climate science education!’ Holdren ridiculed for claiming Arctic could be ICE FREE IN WINTER! This is who Romney seeks climate advice from?! Scientist Ridicules John Holdren: He ‘appears to have less scientific competence than most 1st graders’ — John Holdren in 2009: ‘If you lose the summer [Arcitc] sea ice,there are phenomena that could lead you not so very long thereafter to lose the winter sea ice as well. And if you lose that sea ice year round,it’s going to mean drastic climatic change all over the hemisphere.’

1975: Holdren Says Real Threat to USA Is Cheap Energy: ‘The threatened far more by the hazards of too much energy, too soon, than by the hazards of too little energy, too late.’

Keep Your Eco-Wacko Ideas Off Our Testicles! 1969: Ehrlich & Holdren Promote vasectomies to fight off ‘misery’ of overpopulation

‘Paul Ehrlich was John Holdren’s close scientific partner. John Holdren is Obama’s science advisor. Paul Ehrlich proposed mass poisoning of water and food supplies in 1969’

John Lennon from the grave makes scientific chumps out of John Holdren & Paul Ehrlich! Flashback Lennon in 1970’s: ‘I don’t believe in overpopulation. It is a myth’

Relax: Laugh at silly predictions of overpopulation: Climate Depot’s Factsheet on Overpopulation – ‘Is too few people the new ‘population problem?’

Oops! Obama Science ‘Czar’ John Holdren’s 1971 warning: A ‘New Ice Age’ likely

Paper: ‘Holdren has spoken in favor of such things as forced abortions, confiscation of babies, mass

Flashback 1975: Obama Science Czar John Holdren Said Real Threat to USA Is Cheap Energy: ‘The U.S. is threatened far more by the hazards of too much energy, too soon, than by the hazards of too little energy, too late.’

Flashback 1975: Holdren Said Real Threat to USA Is Cheap Energy

I see that Climate Depot are having a bit of fun at the moment doing a round-upof John Holdren’s bizarre pronouncements, so I thought I join in by reminding us all of Holdren’s bizarre 1975 essay on the perils of cheap energy.

The essay appeared in The Windsor Star of August 1975 under the title Too Much Energy, Too Soon, A Hazard and was an attack personally penned by Holdren against the idea of trying to provide plentiful, cheap energy for the future. This, he said, would be totally the wrong move, and begins his article by handing down the following warning:

The United States is threatened far more by the hazards of too much energy, too soon, than by the hazards of too little energy, too late.

The Windsor Star. Aug. 1975. Too Much Energy, Too Soon, A Hazard.

Of course – all those foolish people worrying about what they’d do if the aging power stations weren’t replaced should’ve been worrying about too much cheap, plentiful energy. We all know how dangerous that can be, right? Holdren lists some of these dangers as:

. . . diverting financial resources from compelling social needs, making hasty commitments to unproved technologies, and generating environmental and social costs that harm human welfare more than the extra energy improves it.

And it doesn’t get much clearer than that, I’m afraid, not least because there’s not really much of an argument here to start with. Holdren’s basic position, I think, is that rather than investing in silly things like power stations and infrastructure, the nation should be investing in social goods like modern dance workshops and radical art seminars that are a real investment for the future.

What, for example, can we make of the following warning?

Mounting evidence suggests that the United States is approaching (if not beyond) the level where further energy growth costs more than it is worth.

Don’t forget, Holdren was writing this in 1975, not 2011. Too much energy in 1975? I guess that must’ve been why Jimmy Carter was wearing the sweater in the White House then and talking about “malaise”. The good old days.

Now pay attention, because after the waffle of the first few paragraphs of his article, Holdren starts to reveal his real animus towards modern America (as it then was). He is