“I and the vast majority of my colleagues think we’ve had it, that the next few decades will be the end of the kind of civilization we’re used to,” Ehrlich told the program. Many Twitter responses showed it’s Ehrlich who has had it, and is at the end of the unaccountable lecturing he is used to. Independent journalist Michael Shellenberger destroyed Ehrlich’s talking points.
CBS did a fine job — hope it does some good. https://t.co/TICnsNhnkS— Paul R. Ehrlich (@PaulREhrlich) January 2, 2023
“On CBS ‘60 Minutes’ with Scott Pelley last night, Paul R. Ehrlich claimed a) humans are causing a ‘sixth mass extinction’ & b) that it would require ‘five Earths’ for all humans to enjoy a Western standard of living. Both claims are totally & utterly false.” In a Substack entry, Shellenberger debunked Ehrlich’s alarmist extinction claims. “To cause a ‘mass extinction,’ humans would need to be wiping out 75-90 percent of all species on Earth,” he wrote. “The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the main scientific body that tracks species, says just 6 percent of species are critically endangered, 9 percent are endangered, and 12 percent are vulnerable to becoming endangered. “Further, the IUCN has estimated that just 0.8 percent of the 112,432 plant, animal, and insect species within its data set have gone extinct since 1500. That’s a rate of fewer than two species lost every year for an annual extinction rate of 0.001 percent.” Alex Epstein, an outspoken writer and president of the for-profit think tank Center for Industrial Progress, was scathing on Ehrlich’s appearance.
On CBS “60 Minutes” w/ @ScottPelley last night, @PaulREhrlich claimed a) humans are causing a “sixth mass extinction” & b) that it would require “five Earths” for all humans to enjoy a Western standard of living.Both claims are totally & utterly false.https://t.co/xXslyyUxQ2 — Michael Shellenberger (@ShellenbergerMD) January 2, 2023
Epstein tweeted, “Why is 60 Minutes featuring Paul Ehrlich, the anti-human ecologist who has been 180 [degrees] wrong for 55 years??!!” Twitter CEO Musk had the best take on Ehrlich. Musk has long warned that the real danger to humanity was not too many people, but too few.
Why is @60Minutes featuring Paul Ehrlich, the anti-human ecologist who has been 180° wrong for 55 years??!!“humanity is not sustainable. To maintain our lifestyle (yours and mine, basically) for the entire planet, you’d need 5 more Earths.” More on Ehrlich’s catastrophizing 👇 pic.twitter.com/q6daPn8LGJ — Alex Epstein (@AlexEpstein) January 2, 2023
“Population collapse is the biggest threat to civilization,” Musk wrote in a May Twitter post. Commenting on Ehrlich’s “60 Minutes” appearance, Musk identified a potential motivation for the biologist, and then suggested a proper response to him.
Population collapse is the biggest threat to civilization https://t.co/ZrHN5DsrVB— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 24, 2022
“Ehrlich despises humanity. Nothing he says should be given the slightest credibility.” In those nine words, Musk made more sense than Ehrlich has in 55 years. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
Ehrlich despises humanity. Nothing he says should be given the slightest credibility.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 2, 2023