Friday Funny: Paul Ehrlich Discredits the Peer Review Process

Ever since CBS trotted out serial doomster Ehrlich to promote his never ending negative knowledge this week, we’ve heard a lot of pushbacks.

For example, this post yesterday from Anthony

Well on Tuesday it was all just too much for the old malthusian and he lashed out at all those right wingers.

Twitter was not kind to nonagenarian face of environmental chicken littleism. Here are some examples.

It is quite entertaining to read the quote tweets directly. I highly recommend it.

Dr. Roger Pielke Jr also joined in the response.

Originally tweeted by Roger Pielke Jr. (@RogerPielkeJr) on January 5, 2023.

This 1971 review of Ehrlich and Ehrlich by Roger Revelle titled, “Paul Ehrlich: New High Priest of Ecocatastrophe” is really something

The poor should stay poor, to allow more for us
Hence the concept of “never-to-be-developed countries”

I had no idea Revelle was so spicy:

“No one can blame the Ehrlichs, living within a few miles of the Bay Shore Highway between San Francisco and San Jose, for thinking that the four-fold growth of California’s population since 1930 is a disaster”

Compulsory abortion, sure, why not

Originally tweeted by Roger Pielke Jr. (@RogerPielkeJr) on January 5, 2023.

I’ll end this medley with a video clip demonstrating what a disgusting, anti-human, anti-freedom, totalitarian statist, Ehrlich always has been. It’s illustrative that he begins by saying he’s not in favor of government interference then goes on to describe all the ways he wants government to interfere.

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Tom Halla
January 6, 2023 10:13 am

Paul Erhlich is ranked with the Jehovah’s Witnesses for predicting doom that does not occur, and still being active, preaching the same message.

Reply to  Tom Halla
January 6, 2023 10:25 am

I hope many go read the twitter comments to his absurd statement as they are seeing what a dope, he is even some liberals in the comments are saying he is …. wrong.

Incredible that he still has a following after 55 years of being wrong……

Reply to  Sunsettommy
January 6, 2023 1:17 pm

The amazing thing is that, according to his statements, he actually does not believe he’s ever been wrong.

Gunga Din
Reply to  MarkW
January 6, 2023 1:40 pm

He did admit that he’s made mistakes but, you’re right, he never admitted that his mistakes were wrong.

Bryan A
Reply to  Gunga Din
January 6, 2023 3:50 pm

Ebenezer Erhlich …
If they’d rather die then let them get on with it and decrease the surface population… also it would make my prediction of millions of deaths my first prophecy come true

Reply to  Bryan A
January 7, 2023 12:20 am

…decrease the surface population…

Uhhmm…… “surface population?” This is the second totally weird and whalley concerning conspiracy theory in one week.
Just days ago WUWT informed us that Evolution is (apparently) subject to paranoid speculation by conspiracy nuts, now I have to start worrying about people living underground, and ain’t nobody tole me?
Lucky I bought a new tin foil hat just yesterday… Now I have something to cook my cockatiel in, should the Morlochs erupt and devour all the sheeple.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  Tom Halla
January 6, 2023 12:28 pm

For many years I had members of this sect knocking on my door to have a word and to distribute their publication. They were invariably kind and polite, as opposed to Ehrlich and his associates, who would have likely had me and my family shot in the back of the head as much as look at us.

Tom Halla
Reply to  Frank from NoVA
January 6, 2023 1:41 pm

A close friend in grade school in the late 1960’s was a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Jesus was to come back in 1975. That was not the only time they named a date for the Second Coming, and missed.

January 6, 2023 10:13 am

Error propagates error backed by science illiterates worshipping a badly flawed pseudoscientist.

This is why consensus nonsense is being strongly pushed by people who don’t want their delusion to be under challenge by rational people who understands what a delusion looks like.

Gunga Din
Reply to  Sunsettommy
January 6, 2023 1:42 pm

The systematizing of error.

Dave Yaussy
January 6, 2023 10:13 am

I wonder how many scientists would admit to being Ehrlich’s “peer”

Rud Istvan
Reply to  Dave Yaussy
January 6, 2023 10:40 am

True peers would have to be as badly wrong for about as long a time. Thus we have:

  1. Wadhams on Arctic sea ice.
  2. Hansen on sea level rise.
  3. Sterling and Derocher on polar bears.
  4. Mann on paleoclimate.
  5. IPCC on ECS.
  6. Oreskes on doubt merchants.
  7. Viner on UK snow.
  8. Schellnhuber on temperature tipping points.
  9. Gore on inconvenient truths.
Gunga Din
Reply to  Rud Istvan
January 6, 2023 1:54 pm

Maybe someone with more computer/music skills than I have could put together a larger list along the lines of “Hide The Decline” to the tune of “And The List Goes On”? 😎

Reply to  Gunga Din
January 7, 2023 5:45 am

I’m more old school rock. I keep thinking of Sony and Cher’s, “And the Beat Goes On,” with the lyrics changed to something like, “Fools keep pounding nonsense to the brain.”

Reply to  Rud Istvan
January 6, 2023 7:38 pm

And they’ve all profited immensely from their doomsaying.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Hivemind
January 7, 2023 2:14 am

They have profited, and the rest of us have suffered because of the lies these people told and are telling.

J Boles
January 6, 2023 10:53 am
January 6, 2023 10:59 am

Scott Adams is right. What matters is that his ideas, and the people who pushed them, have caused real damage, real deaths, real suffering. Only a narcissist of the most extreme kind would only be worried about being right while billions suffered.

Reply to  Mantis
January 6, 2023 11:04 am

and real money grubbing

January 6, 2023 11:04 am

He’s also a resource econ illiterate among all the other problems.

January 6, 2023 11:07 am

If Erhlich had a real job or even if he owned a company he would soon be broke if he went with his predictions .
All he has achieved is to scare people that they have nothing to look forward to .
He has got his prediction about poorer countries and increasing population completely wrong .
That is because rich countries have low birth rares but poorer countries have high birth rates .
Help poor countries improve their standard of living and the birth rate will fall in most of them .
Just look at Somalia 2.5 million people in 1950 now over 15 million.

John Hultquist
January 6, 2023 11:09 am

Years ago on the Johnny Carson show, the host asked Ehrlich about the quality and cost of his suit (very high).
The answer was that Ehrlich believed he was equivalently on the Titanic and booking 2nd class passage was not necessary.
(Something like that; it was long ago.)

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  John Hultquist
January 6, 2023 12:40 pm

A long time ago, there was an excellent movie about the Titanic’s sinking entitled ‘A Night to Remember’. Unfortunately, it was remade into a class warfare screed staring our own Leonardo DiCaprio.

January 6, 2023 11:29 am

So now it’s a left-right issue for the final solution minister.

Reply to  ResourceGuy
January 6, 2023 11:39 am

Yep. The only thing missing from Ehrlich’s rant about the Bad Men Righties was some whining about “QAnon”.

Reply to  ResourceGuy
January 6, 2023 1:22 pm

Isn’t it amazing how quickly those on the left try to make everything about politics.
It’s almost as if they know their ideas won’t stand up to scrutiny, so they have to distract.

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Reply to  MarkW
January 7, 2023 1:30 pm

Every environmental “crisis” since Rachel Carson began the movement 70 years ago has been a false alarm. This is no coincidence. Any time there’s a slow news week, Big Media will invent, and start selling us, one more phony emergency. They consider it to be their job. Naturally, politicians who buy in and want to “do something” about the crisis are Big Media’s natural allies.

Of course the phony-emergency technique is much older than environmentalism.

The only thing different about the last 20-30 years is public access to the Internet, which allows dissenting views to see the light of day, and has reached the point where Big Media’s word no longer defines “mainstream,” and there is no longer a mainstream. But we still are not yet in a position to wean our families and friends off Big Media. Each must discover the truth for himself or he will refuse to accept it.

Ron Long
January 6, 2023 11:44 am

I hope no dumpsters were injured constructing this story, that would be another tragedy to add to the Ehrlich list. Ehrlich obviously has no introspection, otherwise he would be wanting to disappear.

January 6, 2023 11:46 am

Harold Camping was just as wrong but so much more fun

Reply to  strativarius
January 6, 2023 1:23 pm

Camping never asked for a totalitarian government to force everyone to follow his “advice”.

Ed Zuiderwijk
January 6, 2023 12:23 pm

You can not expect that a nonagenarian who has been wrong all his life will suddenly say so. It would be tantamount to saying that he realised he has wasted his life.

There is an irony here. ‘Ehrlich’ is German for ‘honest’. I do not believe we can look forward to it..

January 6, 2023 12:30 pm

Have him explain things to the victims of Pol Pot.

Reply to  ResourceGuy
January 6, 2023 1:27 pm

Or the victims of the Chinese “One Child” policy.

India also went through a period during which young men were paid to have vasectomies.

Pol Pot thought he would be creating a perfect society by getting rid of all technology and anyone with education. To him, killing most of the population was just a side effect.

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Reply to  MarkW
January 7, 2023 12:11 am

And the almost president John Kerry in a congressional committee hearing said that no one would die if we just got out of SE Asia. The congressmen/Senators (can’t remember which) on the committee ALL laughed. Even the democrats. Because they KNEW what would happen when the communists took over.

January 6, 2023 12:34 pm

Ehrlich isn’t the problem. The uncritical, fawning media is to blame.

By now, Ehrlich ought to be the laughing stock of any journalistic community. Instead, he’s trotted out by them to spew his nonsense for their agenda.

It simply typifies the deep corruption within the media and journalists in general.

Reply to  HotScot
January 6, 2023 12:56 pm

He is PART of the problem since he is the goofball who made all those failed prediction over 7 decades time that science illiterates suck up uncritically.

People are lazy as hell to do a simple check on his prediction success rate which I did when I was 15 years old.

George Daddis
Reply to  HotScot
January 7, 2023 1:47 pm

I can almost understand the journalists, but what about the SCIENTISTS who made him a Fellow in the Royal Society?!?

joe x
January 6, 2023 12:41 pm

try and think deeply and get into this guys mind. what value system did he learn when young? forget where he went to school and focus on who were his instructors. was he the school yard bully, or was he bullied by others. i am interested less in what he says and more in why he says it. i suppose there have always been anti human doomsters in the past. is it the dna, the water they drink, i wish i knew. we have one in our mitz as we speak. lets study him. start with a brain scan first.

Reply to  joe x
January 6, 2023 7:42 pm

Better yet, remove his brain and dissect it in detail.

January 6, 2023 12:44 pm

And he has been a Professor at Stanford all this time, shaping the minds of the young.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
January 7, 2023 2:24 am

Scary, isn’t it.

Reply to  Tom Abbott
January 7, 2023 10:28 am

Only in part. It shows what a worthless dumpster fire Stanford University is encouraging people like Ehrlich and Mark Jacobson to spread their delusions far and wide.

CD in Wisconsin
January 6, 2023 1:13 pm

Here is a video clip of a speech of Ehrlich’s from 1970 introduced by Walter Cronkite on the first Earth Day…

1970 CBS News Special Report: Earth Day w/Paul R. Ehrlich – YouTube

Over 52 years and nothing has changed. I glanced through some the 4000+ replies to Ehlich’s tweet above. Didn’t see any in support of him.

Reply to  CD in Wisconsin
January 7, 2023 12:14 am

And uncle Walter was always a liberal. HE decided to put the military death count up on the screen every day on the CBS evening news.

Reply to  Drake
January 7, 2023 10:29 am

And he lied completely about Three Mile Island. Walter Cronkite: not dead enough.

January 6, 2023 1:16 pm

Scratch a leftist and you will find a totalitarian, every time.

Gunga Din
January 6, 2023 1:37 pm

60 Minutes extinction story has brought the usual right-wing out in force. If I’m always wrong so is science, since my work is always peer-reviewed, including the POPULATION BOMB and I’ve gotten virtually every scientific honor. Sure I’ve made some mistakes, but no basic one

“Appeal to Authority” is a logical fallacy.
You don’t often see it used where they appeal to themselves as “The Authority”!

Ireneusz Palmowski
January 6, 2023 3:07 pm

The recent storms have been blasting the Sierra Nevada mountain range with an incredible amount of snow, with each event being measured in feet. For the entire range, the amount of water locked in the snowpack is above average for the season so far, and in some places, is approaching the average amount for an entire winter season. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the current average snowpack across the range is at a 10-year high.

January 6, 2023 3:47 pm

Ehrlich has been wrong more often than even Paul Krugman. That takes a special kind of hubris. A super-hubris, if you will.

Reply to  Tom_Morrow
January 7, 2023 9:31 am

Krugman is the poster boy for the jibe about economists…he has predicted 15 of the last 3 recessions.

Ehrlich is the guy who walked around with the sandwich board claiming the world will end next week, every day for last 50 years. These guys are lionized by the leftards, stupidity reigns.

Robert B
January 6, 2023 3:49 pm

He will be on the right side of history.

A cesspit of academics will see to it.

January 6, 2023 4:20 pm

Paul Ehrlich (of Stanford University) has never been correct with respect to any of his predictions or advice.

Stanford does not really have high standards … it is a show.

(if, a few times a week, someone from admin (or a co-worker, or a student, or a janitor) would have sent him a memo, knocked on his door, or stopped him in the hallway, and told him he was an embarrassment, maybe he would wake up).

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Tom Abbott
Reply to  DonM
January 7, 2023 2:43 am

Paul Ehrlich is a denier. He can’t admit to himself that he has been wrong all his life.

Unfortunately, his “wrongness” fits the radical leftwing narrative, so the radical leftwing, including CBS, promote his delusions and make him out to be a very smart guy and an authority.

Our Mass Media create False Realities that they want all of us to live in. Those False Realities benefit the radical Left and harm the rest of us.

Critical Thinking is critical.

Does one have to be taught to be a critical thinker, or is it innate? I don’t think it has to be taught. I think some people (don’t know how many) come by it naturally.

Of course, one doesn’t have to be too much of a critical thinker to figure out Paul Ehrlich is wrong, since he has a very long history of bad predictions.

There seems to be a dearth of critical thinking among our current political class.

George Daddis
Reply to  Tom Abbott
January 7, 2023 1:53 pm

I have come to believe that children can be taught how NOT to be a critical thinker.
(Pre WWII Japanese school children were taught how to conform. Individual thought was frowned upon.)

Scarecrow Repair
January 6, 2023 6:17 pm

I was impressed by two things.

  • How fast he switched from not believing in government interference to describing the government interference he wanted. I do not remember ever hearing a hypocrite change 180° that fast.
  • How fast and clearly he talked, as if he had repeated those talking points so often that it was like hitting a macro key in a word processor: instant spew.

What a loon then what a loon now.

Andy Pattullo
January 6, 2023 6:29 pm

There are only a few excuses/explanations for this: advanced dementia, deficient intellect, and malfeasance. As the problem started many decades ago I think dementia can’t be the whole problem. To be generous let’s assume ignorance with a hint of malevolence fueled by an undeserved sense of importance. Anyone who thinks winning ribbons and prizes is a sign of their worth to their fellow beings is not on solid ground.

Reply to  Andy Pattullo
January 7, 2023 8:49 am

I think the explanation would be clear if you could follow the money.
Who is supporting this loser?
Who is responsible for awarding his prizes?
I don’t think dementia has anything to do with five decades of his desire for authoritarian rule. Malevolence is the most likely driver of his narrative.

If you had a stock broker giving you buy and sell tips for several years and was consistently wrong, would you follow his advice? Why anyone would give him the time of day is beyond me.

Ireneusz Palmowski
January 7, 2023 1:48 am

A secondary low with heavy precipitation reaches California. It will stop over the mountains.
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Tom Abbott
Reply to  Ireneusz Palmowski
January 7, 2023 2:49 am

Rain is good. Of course, with California, there’s either not enough rain, or too much rain. This time it’s too much rain. So hang onto your hats.

It could be worse: Everything could be brown and dying.

January 7, 2023 2:02 am

Here’s a ring-side seat of what it really looks like when political operatives concoct a useful story – in this example Russian interference in the 2016 election – and literally force / coerce organisations like Facebook and Twitter to “find” evidence for it. And the punishment that follows when they fail to find what they were told to find.

Naive to imagine that this method is not front and center in climate science also.

Ireneusz Palmowski
January 7, 2023 2:14 am

One more low is waiting in the Pacific lined up for California. It too will bring heavy precipitation.
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Bryan A
Reply to  Ireneusz Palmowski
January 7, 2023 9:46 am

Sure beats what happens with the reverse…Blocking High…weather pattern. I purposely don’t live in a flood prone area (next to a creek, along a river or in a low point) and am glad to see it. After 3+ years of drought, the rain is welcomed

Ireneusz Palmowski
January 7, 2023 6:18 am

In two days another cold front will reach California, in four days another.

Bryan A
Reply to  Ireneusz Palmowski
January 7, 2023 9:47 am

Yea…more wintertime precipitation

January 7, 2023 3:48 pm

People who still believe anything Paul Ehrlich says are like the ones who bet the wide receiver will catch the pass and lose when he drops it but keep betting that he will catch it THIS time as they watch the video replay.

Ireneusz Palmowski
January 8, 2023 1:26 am

Very heavy precipitation north of Sacramento. Heavy snowfall in the mountains.
The low is located over California.
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Ireneusz Palmowski
January 8, 2023 5:20 am

In two days, another stratospheric intrusion from the north along with a rain front will reach northern California.
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Ireneusz Palmowski
January 8, 2023 10:12 am

If anyone thinks that the winter storms in California will end, they are mistaken. This is indicated by the polar vortex circulation, which is blocked over the Bering Sea by ozone accumulation.
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Ireneusz Palmowski
January 8, 2023 11:37 pm

Another low with heavy rainfall has reached northern California.
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John the Econ
January 9, 2023 1:03 pm

He’s against government interference in our lives. Except for the fascism against families, anyway.

How embarrassing that old age is going to get Paul Ehrlich before any of his doomsday predictions will.

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