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Obama's Biggest Radical
By Ben Johnson
February 27, 2009

White House Science Adviser Advocated 'De-Development' of the United States
By Christopher Neefus
July 29, 2009

Obama Czar's Shocking Communist Connections
By Aaron Klein
March 3, 2010

Obama’s Science Czar Said a Born Baby ‘Will Ultimately Develop Into a Human Being’
By Terence P. Jeffrey
July 28, 2009

The Triumph of Environmental Alarmism (pdf)
By Neil Maghami
October 2009

Obama Science Czar John Holdren and the Federation of American Scientists
By Trevor Loudon
March 8, 2010

Obama Science Czar Holdren's Pro-Soviet Associations
By Trevor Loudon
March 2, 2010

John Holdren, Obama's Science Czar, says: Forced Abortions and Mass Sterilization Needed to Save the Planet
By ZombieTime.com
Excerpts from Holdren’s 1977 book Ecoscience

White House Science ‘Czar’ Tells Students: U.S. Can’t Expect to Be Number One in Science and Technology Forever
By Christopher Neefus
April 12, 2010

U.S. Czar In Cold War: Smack In the USSR
By Aaron Klein
March 4, 2010

Obama's Top Science Adviser to Congress: Earth Could Be Reaching Global Warming ‘Tipping Point’ that Would Be Followed by a Dramatic Rise in Sea Level
By Christopher Neefus
December 10, 2009

Obama’s Top Climate Advisers Can’t Get Doomsday Story Straight While Testifying Before Same Committee on Same Day
By Pete Winn and Christopher Neefus
December 10, 2009

Redistributing America's Wealth at Copenhagen
By Terry Jeffrey
December 9, 2009

Holdren's Guru: Dispose of 'Excess Children' Like Puppies
By Jerome R. Corsi
December 9, 2009

Science Czar's Guru Backed Eugenics
By Jerome R. Corsi
December 9, 2009

Inhofe: Some Senators Share Holdren’s View that Born Babies Are Not ‘Human Beings’
By CNSNews.com
December 8, 2009

Science Czar's Guru Called for More Carbon
By Jerome R. Corsi
December 7, 2009

All the President's Climategate Deniers
By Michelle Malkin
December 2, 2009

White House Science Czar Advocated FCC Forcing Broadcasters to Air Enviro-Population Control Ads
By Christopher Neefus
October 16, 2009

Holdren: Ice Age Will Kill 1 Billion
By Jerome R. Corsi
October 9, 2009

GOP Congressmen Say Science ‘Czar’ Should Explain His Views
By Christopher Neefus
September 21, 2009

Top Obama Adviser Urged a ‘World of Zero Net Physical Growth’ In 1995 World Bank Publication
By Terence P. Jeffrey
August 5, 2009

Obama’s Science Adviser Called for ‘Zero Economic Growth’
By Christopher Neefus
July 31, 2009

In the 70s, Obama's Science Adviser Endorsed Giving Trees Legal Standing to Sue in Court
By Christopher Neefus
July 30, 2009

Global Warming Trickery
By Tait Trussell
July 27, 2009

Ghoulish Science + Obamacare = Health Hazard
By Michelle Malkin
July 24, 2009

Two Scientists, Two Standards
By Michelle Malkin
July 16, 2009

'Science Czar' John P. Holdren's Disturbing Beliefs about America, Capitalism and Humanity
By Kathy Shaidle
July 16, 2009

The Mind-Boggling Extremism of Obama "Science Czar" John P.Holdren
By Kathy Shaidle
July 14, 2009

Ehrlich's Revenge
By Scott Johnson
February 15, 2009

When the Inmates Are In Charge, Science Takes a Back Seat to Ideology
By Alan Caruba
April 13, 2009

John Holdren and "The Argument from Authority" (Part 7 of 7)
By Robert Bradley
January 22, 2009

Questions for Obama's Science Guy
By Jeff Jacoby
January 19, 2009

John Holdren Describes Energy as "Indispensable," "Reliable," "Affordable" (Part 6 of 7)
By Robert Bradley
January 14, 2009

"De-development" Advocate Is the Wrong Choice for White House Science Adviser (pdf)
By William Yeatman
January 13, 2009

John Holdren on Renewable Energy Problems (Part 5 of 7)
By Robert Bradley
January 10, 2009

John Holdren and Anti-Growth Malthusianism (Part 4 of 7)
By Robert Bradley
January 5, 2009

John Holdren on Mineral/Energy Depletion (Part 3 of 7)
By Robert Bradley
January 2, 2009

John Holdren on Global Warming (Part 2 of 7)
By Robert Bradley
December 31, 2008

John Holdren on Global Cooling (Part 1 of 7)
By Robert Bradley
December 30, 2008


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  • Professor of Environmental Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government
  • Has repeatedly warned that some form of eco-catastrophe is likely to occur
  • Views capitalism as an economic system that is inherently harmful to the natural environment
  • Opposed the Reagan administration’s military buildup, warning that it would likely “increase the belligerency of the Soviet government”
  • Longtime anti-nuclear activist
  • Was named (in December 2008) by President-elect Barack Obama to be Assistant to the President for Science and Technology

John P. Holdren is the Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. He also serves as Director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy program at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

Holdren earned a bachelor’s degree from MIT in 1965 and a Ph.D. in plasma physics from Stanford University five years later. He taught at UC Berkeley for more than twenty years, and chaired the Board of Directors of the American Association for the Advancement of Science from February 2007 to February 2008. Today he directs the Woods Hole Research Center, whose mission is to “understand the causes and consequences of environmental change as a basis for policy solutions for a better world.”

In 1969 Holdren wrote that it was imperative “to convince society and its leaders that there is no alternative but the cessation of our irresponsible, all-demanding, and all-consuming population growth.” That same year, he and professor of population studies Paul Ehrlich jointly predicted: “If … population control measures are not initiated immediately and effectively, all the technology man can bring to bear will not fend off the misery to come.”

In 1971 Holdren and Ehrlich warned that “some form of ecocatastrophe, if not thermonuclear war, seems almost certain to overtake us before the end of the century.”

Viewing capitalism as an economic system that is inherently harmful to the natural environment, Holdren and Ehrlich (in their 1973 book Human Ecology: Problems and Solutionscalled for “a massive campaign … to de-develop the United States” and other Western nations in order to conserve energy and facilitate growth in underdeveloped countries. “De-development,” they said, “means bringing our economic system into line with the realities of ecology and the world resource situation.” “By de-development,” they elaborated, “we mean lower per-capita energy consumption, fewer gadgets, and the abolition of planned obsolescence.” The authors added:

"The need for de-development presents our economists with a major challenge. They must design a stable, low-consumption economy in which there is a much more equitable distribution of wealth than in the present one. Redistribution of wealth both within and among nations is absolutely essential if a decent life is to be provided for every human being."

On another occasion, Holdren, when asked whether Americans would "need to reduce their living standards," said:

"I think ultimately that the rate of growth of material consumption is going to have to come down, and there’s going to have to be a degree of redistribution of how much we consume, in terms of energy and material resources, in order to leave room for people who are poor to become more prosperous."

In 1977 Holdren and Ehrlich quantified their anti-capitalist philosophy in a mathematical equation, I=PAT, where a negative environmental impact (I) was the product of such undesirable factors as population growth (P), increasing affluence (A), and improving technology (T). In an effort to minimize environmental damage, they prescribed “organized evasive action: population control, limitation of material consumption, redistribution of wealth, transitions to technologies that are environmentally and socially less disruptive than today’s, and movement toward some kind of world government.”

In the 1980s Holdren opposed the Reagan administration’s military buildup, warning that it would likely “increase the belligerency of the Soviet government.”

In 1984, Holdren served on the editorial board of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, a publication whose personnel were accused of providing vital nuclear information that helped the Soviet Union develop its first atomic bomb. Two of the magazine's founding sponsors, Leo Szilard and Robert Oppenheimer, were accused of passing information from the Manhattan Project, in which they were key participants, to the Soviets.

In 1986 Holdren predicted that “carbon dioxide-induced famines could kill as many as a billion people before the year 2020.”

In 2006 Holdren suggested that as a result of global warming, sea levels worldwide could rise by 13 feet by the end of the 21st century. A subsequent estimate by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change placed the figure at 13 inches.

In the October 2008 issue of Scientific American, Holdren wrote: “The ongoing disruption of the Earth's climate by man-made greenhouse gases is already well beyond dangerous and is careening toward completely unmanageable.” “Carbon dioxide (CO2),” he added, “is the most important of civilization's emissions and the most difficult to reduce. About 80 percent comes from burning coal, oil and natural gas; most of the rest comes from deforestation in the tropics.”

Today Holdren characterizes researchers who doubt whether human activity is responsible for global warming, or that global warming even poses a serious threat, as people who “infest” the public discourse with “dangerous” ideas that pose “a menace” to humanity.

Holdren is a longtome anti-nuclear activist. From 1987-97 he chaired the Executive Committee of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs (PCSWA), an international group of scientists who promote arms control. In 1995 he delivered a Nobel Peace Prize acceptance lecture on behalf of the PCSWA. From 1993-2004 he chaired the Committee on International Security and Arms Control of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. In 2005 he called on the U.S. to issue a “no first use” policy for nuclear weapons and to eliminate nuclear retaliation as a possible response to chemical or biological attacks.

On December 20, 2008, President-elect Barack Obama named Holdren as his choice to be Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Co-Chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

Holden has co-authored and co-edited approximately 20 books and book-length reports on such topics as energy, the environment, and arms control. He currently chairs the Advisory Board for Innovations, a quarterly MIT Press journal focusing on solutions to global challenges. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences.

In 1981 Holdren was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship. In 1993 he and Paul Ehrlich were co-recipients of the Volvo Environment Prize. From 1994-2001 he was a member of President Clinton’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology. He received the Kaul Foundation Award in Science and Environmental Policy in 1999, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement in 2000, and the Heinz Award in Public Policy in 2001. In 2006 he was named President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.



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