I never expected all President Barack Obama’s picks to be devoid of controversy, but Paul Holdren, the president’s “science czar” has raised some eyebrows with his previous positions, which included the idea of forced abortions, compulsory sterilization and the creation of a “Planetary Regime.” What the heck is this all about? He believed that the creation of these ridiculous schemes would oversee human population levels and control all natural resources as a means of protecting the planet. Shouldn’t this have been brought up during his Senate confirmation hearings? Oh no. Some of the GOP senators had their sights set on Judge Sonia Sotomayor, a bigger fish in their eyes. Since these issues eluded them, then why did Fox News bother digging up dirt on Mr. Holdren. Exactly what will this do now? Absolutely nothing.
Holdren, who has degrees from MIT and Stanford and headed a science policy program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government for the past 13 years, won the unanimous approval of the Senate as the president’s chief science adviser. He was confirmed on March 19 as director of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology, which advises the president on scientific affairs, with a heavy focus on energy independence and global warming.
The senators who grilled him were apparently oblivious to the contents of a textbook he co-authored in 1977, “Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment.” The 1,000-page course book was co-written with environmental activists Paul and Anne Ehrlich. According to Fox News, the book discusses and seems to advocate totalitarian measures to curb population growth, which it says could cause an environmental catastrophe. The portion that stuck in the craw of Fox News was the summation of the three authors’ guiding principles: “To provide a high quality of life for all, there must be fewer people.”
As first reported by FrontPage Magazine, Holdren and his co-authors spend a portion of the book discussing possible government programs that could be used to lower birth rates. Those plans include forcing single women to abort their babies or put them up for adoption; implanting sterilizing capsules in people when they reach puberty; and spiking water reserves and staple foods with a chemical that would make people sterile. To help achieve those goals, they formulate a “world government scheme” they call the Planetary Regime, which would administer the world’s resources and human growth, and they discuss the development of an “armed international organization, a global analogue of a police force” to which nations would surrender part of their sovereignty. Source: Faux News
To his credit, Mr. Holdren’s office issued a statement denying that he has ever backed any of the measures discussed in his book, and suggested reading more recent works authored solely by Holdren for a view to his beliefs. I am in no way advocating that these positions are right, in fact, they are very troubling, but where was this information when Mr. Holdren confirmation hearings were being held? Isn’t this revelation a wee bit too late?
One of my regular visitors who goes by the name “Constructive Feedback” pointed out in his comments that I ignored the Obama Administration’s hand in this mess. I concede that the Obama team of researchers should have realized that Mr. Holdren was a co-author of this book, which is very disturbing, to say the least. So, both the Republicans and the Democrats are complicit in not doing their homework. I would venture to say the onus was on the Obama Administration to vet him more thoroughly. Mr. Holdren, given the gravity of the subjects raised in this book, should had to have explained his position and in actuality, he should not have been confirmed. I have seen some nominees removed from consideration due to radical views.