The New York Times’ multi-part series profiling President Barack Obama’s legacy on global warming reveals the president is a fan of a book on how “climate change and overpopulation” could cause modern civilization to collapse.
Obama was apparently a fan of Jared Diamond’s 2005 book “Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed,” which “explored the environmental changes that wiped out ancient societies like Easter Island and discussed how modern equivalents like climate change and overpopulation could yield the same destruction,” according to NYT.
An Obama aide told NYT he “recalled” the president mentioning Diamond’s book. Diamond is also the author of the controversial book “Guns, Germs and Steel,” focusing on the natural factors of why certain civilizations eclipsed others, and his later book “Collapse” focuses on why civilizations failed.
Obama’s concern about potential global warming-induced doom didn’t end with Diamond’s book. NYT details Obama’s worries that global warming was making weather more extreme and sea levels rise faster — meaning millions of “climate refugees.”