White House science czar John Holdren is alleging that President Obama’s global warming regulations may “greatly improve” the “prospects for permanently avoiding” a billion deaths from what he termed “carbon-dioxide climate-induced famines.”
Holdren told Fox News in a January 1, 2015 article that his 1987 suggestion of a billion CO2 induced deaths was not a “prediction” but merely what may be “possible.”
‘Botched environmental predictions for 2015’: Excerpt: Paul Ehrlich cites Holdren in his 1987 book “The Machinery of Nature”, noting that: “As University of California physicist John Holdren has said, it is possible that carbon dioxide climate-induced famines could kill as many as a billion people before the year 2020.” Holdren told FoxNews.com that he does not view that as a prediction.
“As accurately reflected in the quoted passage, my statement in the 1980s about potential impacts of climate change on food production by 2020 was not a ‘prediction’ or a ‘forecast.’ It was, precisely, a statement about what ‘is possible,’ ” he wrote in an email to FoxNews.com. There are also still five more years left for the scenario to occur.
“It is a bit too soon, on the eve of 2015, to make any firm pronouncements about what will or will not happen by 2020,” Holdren wrote.
Holdren added that new regulations are the best way to avoid catastrophe. “I very much hope, of course, that nothing as dire as a famine killing a billion people will happen as a result of climate change by 2020, or ever. But the prospects for permanently avoiding such an outcome… will be greatly improved if this country follows through on the sensible measures in the President’s Climate Action Plan,” he wrote.
Climate Depot Analysis: It is very hard to believe that John Holdren is taken seriously as a scientific leader on climate change. His 1987 scare scenario sounds awfully like a “prediction.” Holdren maintains it was only a “statement of what ‘is possible,'”. Using that logic, anyone making any scary global warming prediction never has to worry about being held accountable.
But the most outrageous comment that Holdren said was regarding the notion that Obama administration EPA climate regulations could somehow prevent a climate catastrophe and the death of one billion people. First off, Obama regulations would not impact global carbon dioxide levels, let alone temperatures or any other alleged man-made climate impact such as famine.
How does an Obama climate plan that does not impact global CO2 levels — even if fully implemented — have any impact on temperature or alleged man-made climate induced famine? Obama’s own EPA said it wouldn’t impact global CO2 levels let alone global temperatures.
Why does Holdren never get held accountable for his inane climate comments? This is not the first time that Holdren made ignorant climate comments.
See: Flashback: Holdren ridiculed for claiming Arctic could be ICE FREE IN WINTER! – Holdren in 2009: ‘If you lose the summer [Arctic] 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.’
President Obama has made similar unscientific statements. See: Obama said on June 25, “A long-term benefit is we’re leaving a planet to our children that isn’t four or five degrees hotter.” But Obama’s own EPA said it wouldn’t impact global CO2 levels let alone global temperatures.
Obama goes full witchcraft by telling voters they ‘can do something about’ droughts and floods and wildfires — Climate Depot Responds – Climate Depot’s Morano reminds voters: ‘Acts of the UN and the U.S. Congress or EPA, cannot control the weather’
Obama’s smear misfires at GOP ‘deniers’: ‘The inconvenient truth is Obama & the Democrats have made many utterly ignorant & often times comical climate science claims’ — A Climate Depot Rebuttal
Obama advisor John Podesta claims EPA CO2 regs (which don’t impact global CO2 levels) are needed to combat extreme weather: ‘The risk on the downside you’re seeing every day in the weather’
The global harvest in 2014 was the highest ever. Inceased atmospheric CO2 seems to be just what plants want. They also are growing much better in many places that were sites of starvation just 200 years ago in the latter stages of the Little Ice Age. The pronouncements of Obama and Holdren are distinguished only by their fatuous alarmism. Isn’t there a limit to how far from the mark they have been that will be reflected by scorn from the American people?