Environmentalist Whackos Get One Right: Pope’s Climate Change Message Makes No Sense without Population Control

The Pope’s climate change message is completely inconsistent with his official position on abortion and birth control.

The Guardian calls him “a top U.S. scientist.” In reality, Paul Ehrlich is nothing but a zealot who has a record of making predictions about the world running out of resources that are scary and always wrong. In this case, he accidentally makes an astute observation. Thus, the Guardian reports, “Pope’s climate push is ‘raving nonsense’ without population control, says top US scientist.”

One of America’s leading scientists has dismissed as “raving nonsense” the pope’s call for action on climate change – so long as the leader of the world’s 1 billion Catholics rejects the need for population control.

In a commentary in the journal Nature Climate Change, Paul Ehrlich, a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, argues that Pope Francis is simply wrong in trying to fight climate change without also addressing the additional strain on global resources from population rise. “That’s raving nonsense,” Ehrlich told the Guardian. “He is right on some things but he is just dead wrong on that.”


Ehrlich, in his Nature Climate Change commentary, accuses Francis of a dangerous flaw in his indictment of consumerism and its effects on the poor and the environment. The pope had fallen for the usual clerical “obsession” with contraception and abortion – when he could have instead broken new ground on the Catholic church’s approaches to women’s reproductive rights and family planning.

A few things to keep in mind:

Don’t think for a minute that this fetish for reducing children is somehow rare or unique to Ehrlich. Recently I pointed out that the EPA, a U.S. government agency which should be dealing with matters in the United States, has taken an interest in African cooking and is using taxpayer dollars to “research” it. Why? Because the number of Africans is “projected to continue to grow at alarming rates” and their cooking will cause global warming. In other words, climate change is a transparent excuse to interfere with people making babies in Africa.

Also, notice Ehrlich talks about “women’s reproductive rights” but the only thing he cares about is female sterility. It is Orwellian to spout rhetoric about “reproductive rights” when your agenda is to deny women the right to have children. These people want to reduce the number of babies women have. By definition, they don’t affirm the right to reproduce.

Finally, while Ehrlich is honest enough to critique the Pope for where he disagrees with him, most of what we get in the mainstream media is generally positive about the Pope. Why? Because it is really easy to gloss over the Pope’s belief in “the sanctity of life” and then emphasize climate change, immigration, or some other Lefty cause. The Pope himself seems to be doing all he can to be of use to the Obama Administration in this way.

The bottom line is that, if the Pope helps push climate change, he is not going to win a hearing for his position on abortion or on birth control. Rather, the same principles that support the environmentalism of climate change will be used to push population control.